Scholarship of Discovery
Titanium-aluminide (Al3Ti) is a high strength per density intermetallic compound that has fascinating implications in the realm of lightweight materials. Such a composite laminate can be thermally reacted from titanium and aluminum foils in an open air heated press. While maintaining many benefits of both materials, its inherent hardness and lack of ductility results in its inability to be conventionally formed into shapes after the reaction occurs. This project developed a method of manufacturing titanium/titanium-aluminide laminate composites in a corrugated geometry. Research and experimentation was conducted to determine the benefits of the curved material. The results suggest a possible change in manufacturing methodology from a sinusoidal corrugation to an angular corrugation.
Shrout, Ryan L., "Advanced Analysis of Curved and Corrugated Titanium Aluminide Metal Intermetallic Laminates Utilizing Multi-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis" (2013). Honors Program Projects. 44.