Recovery of titanium sheet waste to manufacture titanium metal powder through atomisation.
The VARTIP project valorises titanium sheet metal waste with the objective to manufacture high-value titanium powder and promote its future commercialisation. In this sense, VARTIP is developing a centrifugal atomisation technology for high melting point metals, which will allow to manufacture spherical powders, an indispensable characteristic to accomplish in most of powder applications.
The valorisation process consists in a direct transformation of the sheet scrap into powder by atomisation, without intermediate stages, which makes it a more energy-efficient and economically advantageous process.
Eurecat participates in the project through its Metal and Ceramics Unit, which is responsible to assist in the design and construction of this atomisation machine for adapt it to the required particularities in titanium processing and atomization. On the other hand, Eurecat also participates in the set-up stage and the final product evaluation.