Ready to escape from nature? Outdoor activities are the favorite way out for many of us to escape from our daily work. One popular outdoor activity is hiking and overnight camping adventures. Of course, if we want to camp, we usually cook. There is nothing healthier than fresh air to increase appetite! In this article, I will highlight the brief history of titanium, an important element that has now been found in some light camping cookware.
First, let's begin to understand that titanium is a chemical element you may have learned in chemistry class, with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is the ninth-highest element and the seventh-highest metal in the earth's crust. It is a glossy transition metal with a charming silver color, low density and the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all metallic elements. In the unalloyed state, titanium is as strong as some steels, but less dense. impressive! It has high resistance to seawater, bisulfite and chlorine corrosion. So what does this have to do with camping cookers? We like titanium because of its light weight, high strength, and long investment because it has a long service life over time.
Speaking of time, did you know that titanium was first discovered in Cornwall, England, by Creed parish priest and amateur geologist William Gregor in 1791? When Gregor found black sand in a stream in the nearby Manakan parish, he realized that a new element was present in the ilmenite. It seemed that the sand was attracted to the magnet, so Gregor analyzed the sand and determined the presence of two metal oxides: iron oxide and the whitish metal oxide he could not recognize. Gregor realized that the metal contained in this unknown oxide did not match any known element, and reported his to the Royal Cornish Geological Society and the German scientific journal Annell. Find. Interestingly, a few years later, the Prussian chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth discovered the oxide independently in 1795, and we now call it Slovakia. Klaproth named a new element for the strong Titan in Greek mythology.
Fast forward to the 1950s and 1960s, as part of its Cold War plan, the Soviet Union pioneered the use of titanium in military and submarine applications. Since the early 1950s, titanium alloys have been frequently used in military aviation, especially in high-performance jets, such as the F-100 Super Sabre, Lockheed A-12 and SR-71.
The United States Department of Defense recognized the strategic value of titanium and therefore supported early commercialization throughout the Cold War. So much so that the National Reserve Center of the Ministry of Defense maintained a large number of titanium stocks until the titanium was eventually depleted in the 2000s. As of 2015, sponge sponge titanium has been produced in six countries: China, Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan, the United States, Ukraine and India [in order of production]. So you own it-who knows that titanium is found and valued worldwide? Today, we know that it is an excellent culinary companion in many outdoor activities.