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Chemical processing operations such as distillation,heat transfer and acid reactions use titanium to increase equipment life. Titanium offers lifecycle cost advantages over copper, nickel and stainless steel alloys while providing initial cost advantages over materials such as high-nickel alloys, tantalum and zirconium.Chemical process engineers select titanium because it reduces lifecycle costs across a broad range of equipment and processes. Due to its lower density,titanium plate is often a cost-effective solution on a per-square-foot basis compared to corrosion-resistant alloys such as Inconel and Hastelloy of equal thickness.Further, the well-known titanium surface oxide layer is an outstanding corrosion barrier.