Since the First International Conference in 1968, we have witnessed a great deal of change and contrast in the world scene. One change is our own setting, which has shifted from the elegant Royal Festival Nall set amidst the traditional and timeless city of London, England, to this graceful auditorium situated so appropriately amidst the world renowned scientific and educational community of Cambridge in New England. The choice of two so eloquently contrasting settings points up an important truth concerning responsible scientific thought-the appreciation and use of the best of the world’s traditional knowledge even as new ideas are being explored and new paths forged. We only have to look at the studies conducted on titanium during the early 50’s to realize how significantly they contributed to the later developments in the 70’s to prove this point. For example, the development of low cost and efficient vacuum processing techniques, which were necessary to eliminate the early problem of hydrogen embrittlement in titanium, paved the way for the routine vacuum melting and degassing methods currently practiced in treating advanced titanium alloys as well as other high quality metals and alloys for aerospace and other similarly demanding applications.
KeywordsHydrogen Embrittlement Keynote Address Mill Product Titanium Sponge High Strength Level
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