The concept in the proposed project is to create a melting, alloying and casting furnace for the processing titanium based SMA using cold crucible techniques. The cold crucible furnace configuration will allow the material to remain pure without ceramic contamination.
The NASA application of the proposed furnace is to enable the full theoretical properties to be explored of titanium based shape memory alloys (SMA). It is not limited to research of SMA it can be used for a wide range of reactive and refractory metal alloy development including intermetallic compounds. The proposed furnace configuration is a saleable product for Arcast Inc. and we intend to market it once it is fully developed.