Investigating Using Titanium Zirconium Molybdenum for Additively Manufacturing Aerospace Components

Justin H Vanhoose, University of Texas at El Paso


Mankind throughout history has possessed an innate characteristic to explore, migrating to new frontiers.The requirement for this travel is most broadly associated with the need to pursue more resources. Rockets have been used as a means of weapons since the Sung Dynasty in the thirteenth empire and have now been integrated for travel/transport. The sophistication of rocketry and propulsion has reached a level to where it is plausible that mankind will be a multi-planetary species. The space industry has grown significantly with the advancement of the sophistication of these rocket technologies. However, a specific challenge to overcome in the space industry is the high cost per kilogram to launch payloads into and past orbit. SmarTech Publishing stated in an economic evaluation of the space industry that additive manufacturing, (AM) will play a key role in the up and coming space market. AM has a proven history of lowering cost of manufacturing as well as driving efforts for advancements in new materials. Combined with the growth of the space industry in parallel to AM being able to help with the high costs of space travel, it can be speculated that there is a need for AM in aerospace. The focus of this thesis is on developing methods of AM of aerospace components with refractory metals, specifically Titanium Zirconium Molybdenum, (TZM). This thesis covers the initial stages of this effort as it is being conducted at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Subject Area

Aerospace engineering|Materials science|Mechanical engineering

Recommended Citation

Vanhoose, Justin H, "Investigating Using Titanium Zirconium Molybdenum for Additively Manufacturing Aerospace Components" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI22615812.