Materials Selection of Optimized Titanium Alloys for Aircraft Applications

The aim of the present work was to explore the correlation between the physical metallurgy of titanium alloys and its main attributes to select optimized materials for structural aircraft applications in the landing gear beam. The Ashby's method was employed as the materials selection strategy to consolidate and evaluate the data collected from the current literature in a comprehensive and consistent analysis. Landing gear beam materials are mainly β and near-β alloys. Considering the need for high specific strength and fatigue resistance, the best candidate among them was Ti-3.5Al-5Mo-6V-3Cr-2Sn-0.5Fe alloy. Finally, a brief discussion of additional aspects related to alloy design, microstructural features and their influence on the mechanical properties is presented.