Why Titanium?Poor water chemistry is damaging to heating elements, particularly when amplified by chemical attack or neglect. Additionally, water that is naturally high in salt, lime and calcium can also promote a slower, but premature death. Below you will learn why titanium provides a superior defence against ‘‘adverse’’ water conditions, and will extend your elements operational lifespan.
Corrosion is the etching and rusting effect that happens to ferrous metals. As water becomes acidic (low in pH) or overly chlorinated, corrosion is accelerated and your heater element is most at risk. Titanium is not a coating and is non-ferrous (less than .03% iron) and therefore will withstand greater chemical punishment, without the pitting, etching, and surface breakdown of typical nickel alloys.
Lime and calcium can naturally collect on the element’s surface, and form a white ‘‘scale’’ coating. This insulating layer will slow heat transfer, resulting in lower efficiency, longer run periods, and higher internal temperature. This excess build-up will not let heat escape efficiently, and in time the element will overheat and stop working.
Titanium is the Solution!
Titanium has become the solution to heater longevity, and has long been the best defence against chemical and mineral abuse. Even with today’s salt chlorinating systems, there has been no other material that has improved heater longevity like titanium.
Titanium doesn’t allow scale to harbour on the surface. Titanium naturally produces a dioxide film that continually migrates to the surface, and detaches harmful content. Additionally, titanium’s surface pores do not open when heated, and will not allow harmful chemicals or particles to collect and harbour. This ‘‘self-scaling’’ miracle can be verified in your own dishwasher. As heavily concentrated detergents are added weekly, your element remains nearly scale free for years. The best commercial and residential dishwashers are equipped with titanium elements for all of these reasons.
Titanium contains no iron, and therefore cannot rust or corrode. Given the worst water conditions, titanium can resist pitting, oxidising, and surface breakdown up to 10 times better than typical nickel alloy elements. Titanium is not magnetic, and will not attract materials that can attach and promote deterioration. Additionally, titanium has an exceptionally low thermal expansion rate, and this will reduce the stress that can cause structural fatigue and fracture.
Titanium provides the best defence against common recreational water chemicals; it is more beneficial and better value when water chemistry is less than perfect!