LOS ANGELES Paul J. Bania, a metallurgist, researcher and inventor instrumental in the development of new titanium alloys, improved melting techniques and mill products in aerospace and auto racing, has been chosen to receive the International Titanium Associations (ITAs) 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bania, a former vice president of quality and technology at Titanium Metals Corp. (Timet), will receive the award, given for "exceptional contributions to the advancement of titanium applications and technology," at the ITAs annual conference in Chicago Sept. 21-24.
Edward Sobota Jr., chairman of the ITAs achievement award committee, said Banias research was marked by innovations translated to production. "It was practical research that really made a difference," Sobota, who is president of TSI Titanium, Derry, Pa., said in a statement.
"Some of my greatest satisfaction has come from a couple of patents that were put into commercial use," Bania said in a statement. He participated in the invention of eight titanium alloys and received four patents for melting production, according to the ITA.
While at Timet, Bania invented a "simple and effective method" of reducing low-density inclusions in rotating-grade aerospace alloys, the ITA said. He also worked on formulation of a generation of beta alloys first used by Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. for aerospace gas turbine engine components.
In 1998, Bania formed TiPro Corp. to supply titanium to the auto racing industry, buying and reselling downgraded aerospace engine alloys, helping to create a market for "material that would have otherwise been scrapped," the ITA said. He currently runs consulting company PJBTiPro LLC, Henderson, Nev.