Titanium - The Metal That Made The SR-71 Possible

20. juni. 2020
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Writer/Narrator: Brian McManus
Editor: Dylan Hennessy (www.behance.net/dylanhennessy1)
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[1] grantadesign.com/education/students/charts/
[3] kyocera-sgstool.co.uk/titanium-resources/titanium-information-everything-you-need-to-know/titanium-ores/#:~:text=Titanium%20can%20be%20mined%20from,as%20they%20reach%20the%20sea.
[4] www.essentialchemicalindustry.org/metals/titanium.html#:~:text=The%20titanium%20is%20purified%20by,titanium%20ore%20into%20useful%20products.
[5] www-eng.lbl.gov/~shuman/NEXT/MATERIALS&COMPONENTS/Pressure_vessels/Ti_forming_ASM.pdf
[6] link.springer.com/article/10.1361/105994905X75448
[7] www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP90B00170R000100050008-1.pdf
[8] Page 77 www.springer.com/gp/book/9783540713975
[9] www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP90B00170R000100050008-1.pdf
[10] grantadesign.com/education/students/charts/
[11] Page 11 ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20090007797.pdf
[12] inversesolutionsinc.com/why-is-machining-titanium-difficult/#:~:text=WHY%20TITANIUM%20IS%20SO%20DIFFICULT%20TO%20MACHINE&text=This%20can%20create%20poor%20surface,the%20tool%20and%20impede%20function.
[13] www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP90B00170R000100080001-5.pdf
[14] www.kobelco.co.jp/english/titan/files/details.pdf
[15] ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20090007797.pdf
[16] link.springer.com/article/10.1361%2F105994905X75448

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  • The American F22 uses titanium for its frame. The USA even made and used a massive press to make the titanium frame parts

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  • There’s an sr-71 hanging in the flight museum by my house i think i’m gonna pay it a visit

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  • Okay. But which metal is used to cut titanium?..

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  • 4:14 *i use the soviets to destoy the soviets*

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  • There's an untold story: the use (or non-use) of titanium in WW2. In 1941 Leonard Bessemer Pfeil in the UK developed Nimonic, a Ni-Cr-Co-Al-Ti alloy with about 2-3% Ti content. Pfeil's invention was made for the high-temperature rotors in the early Whittle turbojets and thanks to it, British jets had a far longer life than the German ones. Well done Leonard!

    MrPwmilesMrPwmiles12 dager siden
  • Titanium has become associated with strength,....which is not quite correct. Compared to aluminum, yes. But steel is stronger. Where titanium exceeds is #1.... Resistance to corrosion. It' used often where acid and other corrosives are used, and #2...It's lighter than steel. In the case of the X-15 even titanium was not enough. They had to use steel, with super-alloy Inconel (nickle-chromium) used for glowing-red-hot wing and fin leading edges and the nose where steel would get too soft and weak from the heat.

    DoggeslifeDoggeslife12 dager siden
  • I have actually touched an SR71 at Duxford museum and met one of the pilots who did a talk about the aircraft. All I can say is it’s unlike any aircraft I’ve ever seen. Truly like something out of science fiction.

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  • USSR: wait, thats illegal........

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  • So you are saying that US rick rolled USSR

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  • Super... Great job

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  • Patterns, not trends.

    Gaurav PrakashGaurav Prakash19 dager siden
  • Got bored because of the voice. Sorry

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  • I can't get access to source #7 ;(

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  • Special mention to Sia.

    Fernando F. López CalderónFernando F. López Calderón22 dager siden
  • Well I knew that Ti was notoriously difficult to work with - but you have opened my eyes to an astronomical level. Kelly Johnson knew exactly what was needed to achieve the desired result, and it was up to his team to make it happen. Thanks so much for all of your research and efforts.

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  • :SR-71 above

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  • Here's a topic for you: Low-field vs High-field MRI in surgical applications.

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  • US: we used the Soviet Union to spy on the Soviet Union.

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  • can you please round up the main subject with a conclusion before moving on to sponsors or adverts. give us a clear break. all you're doing is causing confusion and frustration. it's just basic respect.

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  • Titanium is only natural to Russia

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  • Titanium is my first metal

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  • I got an Apple credit card just because it’s titanium (and free)

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  • Titanium is a pain in the but to work with aswell. You need the right type of equipment to make things from it

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  • As a precision engineer who works with this stuff it's mighty impressive how they were able to make this machine in the 60's

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  • As an aerospace machinist for 6 years plus 3 more years as an aerospace manufacturing engineer, titanium was always my favorite metal.

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  • Very interesting video. in 4:51, you say that you need to separate the oxygen molecules. In fact, you need to separate the oxygen atoms. TiO2 is the molecule. 13:56 VaLadium written instead of VaNadium

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  • 還要再讓空軍搞偵查?

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  • Theres a book called "Skunk Works" that covers the development of the SR-71 by Lockheed Martin. You can get the audiobook one Audible, and its def worth the listen.

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  • Titanium dioxide is used in food

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  • Remember that titanium Nokia phone? Make you wonder how much they spent on that and why

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  • where did you get that specific strength vs temperature chart? I can't find one that good anywhere. I want to use it to teach my materials class.

    Josh TargoJosh Targo2 måneder siden
    • It probably came from a software package called CES Selector by granta design. I think there’s an educator version for use in classrooms.

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  • Galvanic corrosion has been a fun discovery, not only did the name surprise me but when I saw what is it made me think about it after blowing my mind. Really interesting and great video as always, keep up the good job and stay healthy.

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  • "I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose / fire away, fire away / ricochet, you take your aim / fire away, fire away / shoot me down, but I won't fall / I am Titanium..."

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  • I will bet that in my warehouse I have some Titanium that came from the SR 71. My friend, Andy Carter and I were building a Flying Dutchman sail boat for the 1968 Olympic Trials... We made Titanium fittings from scraps bought at Burbank Metals... near the Skunkworks where SR-71 was made... We learned how to machine, and spot weld, and form Titamium... 6AL V ...6% Aluminum, Vanadium a d Titanium...made very springy tough material. that December 22, 1964 The original Blackbird was designated the A-12 and made its first flight on April 30, 1962. The single-seat A-12 soon evolved into the larger SR-71, which added a second seat for a Reconnaissance Systems Officer and carried more fuel than the A-12. The SR-71's first flight was on December 22, 1964. I

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  • Loved the in depth on the titanium. I have titanium implants in three different locations in my body so this has been interesting to learn about. Its probably not the same type (I would assume) but this video was super educational!!

  • Titanium is NOT difficult material to machine. It's a very pleasant material to work with.

    GarryFisherProRiderGarryFisherProRider2 måneder siden
    • Everything has to be properly managed. Maybe it was tricky back then, when they worked on the SR-71 and this is why it's so easy to work with titanium nowadays.

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  • I'm always amazed at the amount of money spent on military, mean while people are homeless .

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  • Loved this video. I used titanium as a weapon on my fighting robot, and I see from this video it's a huge privilege to be able to do so!

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    • Only in the U.S.

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  • S T R E N T

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  • i wish target audience was smarter, painful to listen to videos as an actual engineer

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  • I am trying to find what is the hardness HRC of titanium and I don´t see online... Isn´t it strange ?

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    • Depending on the alloy and heat treat it would be somewhere between too soft to register on the C scale up to around 40 HRC.

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  • Ah Call of Duty Black Ops... I do remember when I get 11 killstreak to call SR71. *"SR71 is online"*

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  • what I got out of this video is that I could buy a metric ton of aluminum for just 1.5k

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  • Damnit. I'm starting to think I should've gone into material science. 😕

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  • TLDR titanium the the “fuck you” of metals

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  • Yall forgot about carbotanium alloy (that is pagani huayra chasis are made of)

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  • Malhamdulillah.

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  • How can cut raw material "go to waste". Couldn't you just remelt the cut pieces? Seems like you'd find a way to recycle the cut out parts.

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  • I don't quite understand the forging part. Do you mean to get the Titanium into it's final form? I see people on YT forging Titanium all the time. Can someone explain the difference between what was going on back then be it state of Titanium, step in the process, etc, vs now?

    Robert BurkeRobert Burke3 måneder siden
    • Hand forging knives and trinkets is a lot different than safety critical industrial components. Sure, you can heat up and hammer a piece of titanium into a rough shape by hand. But many aerospace components are going to require tight dimensional tolerances, grain structure requirements, and NDE requirements that almost nobody’s hand shaped parts would pass.

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  • LIKE AND MUCH THANKS for using metric system!!!

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  • if you ever want a chemist to proof your script or animations (you write "valadium" instead of "vanadium" at one point, refer to oxygen molecules instead of atoms, and show individual oxygen atoms, rather than diatomic oxygen, causing oxidation. you also indicate that MgCl2 is distilled out from the final titanium, but titanium would be the distillate and MgCl2 the residue), let me know!

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  • This is a fantastic un-biased breakdown of the development and use of titanium in aerospace. Thank you for making this!

    Sam JohnsonSam Johnson3 måneder siden

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    • JK, love the show.

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  • *Aluminum

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  • Have you seen titomic's 3d printer. 9*3*1.5 metres . Prints titanium @ >45kg an hour.

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  • Okay, this is totally off the point . . . but why do people paint tree trunks white?

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  • That 'valadium' must be good shit

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  • 1:06 poilet? Poorsch?

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  • B.S. The defunct Canadian Avro Arrow was the first to use titanium in it's structure and engines, but not as extensive as the SR-71

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  • Come back titanium, come back.

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  • They dude whic trials going totality on sadaiem but im sure the would have no gasting not breathing

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  • Funny enough we got most of the titanium from russia whom we use the plane to spy on

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  • Am I the only one who took so long understand the word "carbon"?

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  • You got give credit to the German Engineers who made all this possible for the gung-ho Cowboys of the Wild West.

    Mohammed AbidMohammed Abid3 måneder siden
  • excellent informative and interesting commentary.

    Tony ElkinTony Elkin3 måneder siden
  • youre not that good to be paid for this

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  • Next: Adamantium.

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  • Gosh people can be smart. Some of them.

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  • "Valadium" ??? (on screen at 13:58) There is NO SUCH WORD in the English language.

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  • I legit want to see NileRed do a small scale version of the Kroll Process starting with white house paint or something. Seems like something he'd do.

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  • Why didn't us Americans just buy the titanium ore from Australia??? Wouldn't we rather give the money to a country that we are friendly with than the soviets??? that's like buying a used car from your friend who really needs the money or buying a used car from your enemy that might take your money and use it to destroy the car you bought from him later. but I guess money talks because maybe the Soviets prices were way cheaper on the or than Australia would be. That's the only other rational explanation for that purchase

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  • 4:15 so I'm so glad he cleared this up later at around 4 minutes and 25 seconds when he said if the Soviets knew what the Americans were using this titanium for they would have not wanted to give it to us. Because I was thinking to myself how the hell does that work??? Why would the Soviets sell us a material that's highly valuable and only used for High-Tech complex and amazing pieces of machinery when we were at great odds with these people at the time and had a terrible history with the Soviets? But I guess money talks right? 🤣🤣🤣

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  • Phukk Titanium, the Voyager uses Tritanium

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  • 1971

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  • Therapist: 900C Steel-Nickel Alloy SR-71 isn't real, it can't hurt you Steel-Nickel Alloy SR-71: *BOOM*

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  • 14:29...you're on it now Skippy.

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  • amasing video very good!!

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