The consumptive conventional process of titanium alloys production needs new innovative processes. As starting materials for aluminothermic reduction, natural TiO2 and FeTiO3 concentrates can be used. The keynote of the present chapter is mechanical activation as a pre‐treatment step for these concentrates, which is realized by the milling in a vibratory industrial mill. Mechanically activated rutile ore used in aluminothermic reduction saved 30% booster expenses and decreased Cl2 emissions. Mechanical activation of ilmenite and ilmenite/aluminum mixtures was performed, and the kinetics of subsequent hydrometallurgical production of synthetic TiO2 by pressure and normal leaching were studied. New processes with the coupling of aluminothermic production of titanium alloys were proposed.
Part of the book: Titanium Dioxide