Assuring Reliability of Titanium Clad Equipment
Technologies for the manufacturing of high-quality reactive metal clad, and for fabricating titanium clad equipment were developed and industrialized in the 1960s. Explosion cladding has since proven to be a highly reliable, robust process for titanium clad manufacture. It is the best practice cladding process, and has been the process of choice for more than 95% of all titanium clad equipment for the past 50+ years.
Throughout these years, close cooperation between the clad manufacturers, designers, and fabricators has resulted in the evolution, and fine-tuning of technology for titanium clad equipment manufacturing. When designed, constructed, and operated properly, this equipment is highly robust, which typically provides problem-free performance for 25 to 50 years or longer in chemical processing industry (CPI) processes. When a project team fails to understand the unique characteristics of titanium clad, the results can be quite painful both for themselves, and for the operations team that must work with, and maintain the equipment every day.