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  1. Grain refinement of permanent mold cast copper base alloys. Final report

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    Sadayappan, M.; Thomson, J. P.; Elboujdaini, M.; Gu, G. Ping; Sahoo, M.

    2004-04-29

    Grain refinement behavior of copper alloys cast in permanent molds was investigated. This is one of the least studied subjects in copper alloy castings. Grain refinement is not widely practiced for leaded copper alloys cast in sand molds. Aluminum bronzes and high strength yellow brasses, cast in sand and permanent molds, were usually fine grained due to the presence of more than 2% iron. Grain refinement of the most common permanent mold casting alloys, leaded yellow brass and its lead-free replacement EnviroBrass III, is not universally accepted due to the perceived problem of hard spots in finished castings and for the same reason these alloys contain very low amounts of iron. The yellow brasses and Cu-Si alloys are gaining popularity in North America due to their low lead content and amenability for permanent mold casting. These alloys are prone to hot tearing in permanent mold casting. Grain refinement is one of the solutions for reducing this problem. However, to use this technique it is necessary to understand the mechanism of grain refinement and other issues involved in the process. The following issues were studied during this three year project funded by the US Department of Energy and the copper casting industry: (1) Effect of alloying additions on the grain size of Cu-Zn alloys and their interaction with grain refiners; (2) Effect of two grain refining elements, boron and zirconium, on the grain size of four copper alloys, yellow brass, EnviroBrass II, silicon brass and silicon bronze and the duration of their effect (fading); (3) Prediction of grain refinement using cooling curve analysis and use of this method as an on-line quality control tool; (4) Hard spot formation in yellow brass and EnviroBrass due to grain refinement; (5) Corrosion resistance of the grain refined alloys; (6) Transfer the technology to permanent mold casting foundries; It was found that alloying elements such as tin and zinc do not change the grain size of Cu-Zn alloys

  2. Machine casting of ferrous alloys. Final report, 30 June 1976--30 June 1977

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    Flemings, M.C.; Young, K.P.; Boylan, J.F.; Bye, R.L.; Santor, M.L.

    1977-06-01

    During this year the basic Rheocasting system, which was fully operational at the beginning of the year, was improved in various ways to increase reliability and productivity. Specific improvements were the addition of a reducing gas in the melting chamber, a shield gas extension nozzle and graphite inserts at the bottom of the Rheocaster to eliminate 'hot spots'. Large quantities of 304 and 440C stainless steel alloys were cast during this period (approximately 800 pounds of 304 and 2000 pounds of 440C) and smaller quantities of other materials were also Rheocast including M2 tool steel, and HS 31 Cobalt base superalloy. Improvements in details and automation of the Thixocasting process were also made during this period. Work subsequently concentrated on casting large quantities of stainless steel into various die materials in order to determine die life and to optimize that die life.

  3. Casting Characteristics of Aluminum Die Casting Alloys

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    Makhlouf M. Makhlouf; Diran Apelian

    2002-02-05

    The research program investigates the casting characteristics of selected aluminum die casting alloys. Specifically, the alloys' tendencies towards die soldering and sludge formation, and the alloys' fluidity and machinability are evaluated. It was found that: When the Fe and Mn contents of the alloy are low; caution has to be taken against possible die soldering. When the alloy has a high sludge factor, particularly a high level of Fe, measures must be taken to prevent the formation of large hardspots. For this kind of alloy, the Fe content should be kept at its lowest allowable level and the Mn content should be at its highest possible level. If there are problems in die filling, measures other than changing the alloy chemistry need to be considered first. In terms of alloy chemistry, the elements that form high temperature compounds must be kept at their lowest allowable levels. The alloys should not have machining problems when appropriate machining techniques and machining parameters are used.

  4. Microstructures and properties of aluminum die casting alloys

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    M. M. Makhlouf; D. Apelian; L. Wang

    1998-10-01

    This document provides descriptions of the microstructure of different aluminum die casting alloys and to relate the various microstructures to the alloy chemistry. It relates the microstructures of the alloys to their main engineering properties such as ultimate tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, fatigue life, impact resistance, wear resistance, hardness, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. Finally, it serves as a reference source for aluminum die casting alloys.

  5. Technological parameters of die casting and quality of casting from EN AC46500 alloy

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    2016-01-01

    Die casting represents the highest technological level of metal mold casting. This technology enables production of almost all final products without necessity of further processing. The important aspect of efficiency and production is a proper casting parameters setting. In the submitted paper following die casting parameters are analyzed: plunger pressing speed and pressure. The studied parameters most significantly affect a qualitative of castings from EN AC46500 alloy and they influence t...

  6. Strip Casting of High Performance Structural Alloys

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    S S Park; J G Lee; Nack J Kim

    2004-01-01

    There exists a great need for the development of high performance alloys due to increasing demands for energy conservation and environmental protection. Application of strip casting shows a strong potential for the improvement of properties of existing alloys and also for the development of novel alloy systems with superior properties. The present paper reviews our Center's activities in the development of high performance alloys by strip casting. Examples include (1) Al alloys, (2) wrought Mg alloys, and (3) bulk metallic glass (BMG) alloys.

  7. Textures in Strip-Cast Aluminum Alloys: Their On-Line Monitoring and Quantitative Effects on Formability. Final Technical Report

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    Man, Chi-Sing

    2003-07-27

    Aluminum sheets produced by continuous casting (CC) provide energy and economic savings of at least 25 and 14 percent, respectively, over sheets made from conventional direct chill (DC) ingot casting and rolling. As a result of the much simpler production route in continuous casting, however, the formability of CC aluminum alloys is often somewhat inferior to that of their DC counterparts. The mechanical properties of CC alloys can be improved by controlling their microstructure through optimal thermomechanical processing. Suitable annealing is an important means to improve the formability of CC aluminum alloy sheets. Recrystallization of deformed grains occurs during annealing, and it changes the crystallographic texture of the aluminum sheet. Laboratory tests in this project showed that this texture change can be detected by either laser-ultrasound resonance spectroscopy or resonance EMAT (electromagnetic acoustic transducer) spectroscopy, and that monitoring this change allows the degree of recrystallization or the ''recrystallized fraction'' in an annealed sheet to be ascertained. Through a plant trial conducted in May 2002, this project further demonstrated that it is feasible to monitor the recrystallized state of a continuous-cast aluminum sheet in-situ on the production line by using a laser-ultrasound sensor. When used in conjunction with inline annealing, inline monitoring of the recrystallized fraction by laser-ultrasound resonance spectroscopy offers the possibility of feed-back control that helps optimize processing parameters (e.g., annealing temperature), detect production anomalies, ensure product quality, and further reduce production costs of continuous-cast aluminum alloys. Crystallographic texture strongly affects the mechanical anisotropy/formability of metallic sheets. Clarification of the quantitative relationship between texture and anisotropy/formability of an aluminum alloy will render monitoring and control of its

  8. Newly developed vacuum differential pressure casting of thin-walled complicated Al-alloy castings

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    2005-01-01

    The newly designed vacuum differential pressure casting (VDPC) unit was introduced, by which the capability of the VDPC process to produce thin-walled complicated Al-alloy castings, that are free from oxides, gas pore and shrinkage cavity and thus enhance overall part quality, was studied. Experimental results were compared with those of traditional gravity pouring and vacuum suction casting. The first series of experiments were focused on investigating the castability of thin section Al-alloy casting. In the second series of experiments the metallographic evidence, casting strength and soundness were examined. Finally, case studies of very interesting thin walled complicated casting applications were described. The advantages of the described technique have made possible to produce thin walled complicated Al-alloy casting (up to a section thickness of 1 mm), which is not practical for gravity pouring and vacuum suction casting.

  9. Structure and properties of stir-cast zinc alloys

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    LeHuy, H.; Blain J.; Masounave, J.; Bata, G.L. (Industrial Materials Research Institute, Boucherville, P.Q. (Canada))

    Stir casting (or rheocasting) of ZA-27 zinc alloys was investigated experimentally. By vigorously agitating the alloys during cooling, the dendrites that were forming were fragmented giving a unique structure composed of spherical and rosette shaped particles suspended in the remaining liquid. Under high shear rates ({center dot}{gamma} = 300s{sup {minus}1} or more) the slurries with primary particle concentrations as high as 60% displayed viscosities as low as 20 poises and could easily be casted. The effects of processing variables such as shearing and cooling rates and casting temperatures were studied. Their relative importance on the rheological and microstructural behavior of the stir cast alloys are discussed. Results from viscosity measurements on slurries show that non-dendritical ZA-27 alloys obey a power law fluid model. Finally, results from mechanical and compressive studies carried out on solidified slurries are discussed and compared to conventional casted and wrought alloy properties.

  10. Melting and casting of FeAl-based cast alloy

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    Sikka, V.K. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Wilkening, D. [Columbia Falls Aluminum Co., Columbia Falls, MT (United States); Liebetrau, J.; Mackey, B. [AFFCO, L.L.C., Anaconda, MT (United States)

    1998-11-01

    The FeAl-based intermetallic alloys are of great interest because of their low density, low raw material cost, and excellent resistance to high-temperature oxidation, sulfidation, carburization, and molten salts. The applications based on these unique properties of FeAl require methods to melt and cast these alloys into complex-shaped castings and centrifugal cast tubes. This paper addresses the melting-related issues and the effect of chemistry on the microstructure and hardness of castings. It is concluded that the use of the Exo-Melt{trademark} process for melting and the proper selection of the aluminum melt stock can result in porosity-free castings. The FeAl alloys can be melted and cast from the virgin and revert stock. A large variation in carbon content of the alloys is possible before the precipitation of graphite flakes occurs. Titanium is a very potent addition to refine the grain size of castings. A range of complex sand castings and two different sizes of centrifugal cast tubes of the alloy have already been cast.

  11. Melting and casting of FeAl-based cast alloy

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    Sikka, V.K. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Metals and Ceramics Div.; Wilkening, D. [Columbia Falls Aluminum Co., 2000 Aluminum Dr., Columbia Falls, MT 59912 (United States); Liebetrau, J.; Mackey, B. [AFFCO, L.L.C., P.O. Box 1071, Anaconda, MT 59711 (United States)

    1998-12-31

    The FeAl-based intermetallic alloys are of great interest because of their low density, low raw material cost, and excellent resistance to high-temperature oxidation, sulfidation, carburization, and molten salts. The applications based on these unique properties of FeAl require methods to melt and cast these alloys into complex-shaped castings and centrifugal cast tubes. This paper addresses the melting-related issues and the effect of chemistry on the microstructure and hardness of castings. It is concluded that the use of the Exo-Melt{sup TM} process for melting and the proper selection of the aluminum melt stock can result in porosity-free castings. The FeAl alloys can be melted and cast from the virgin and revert stock. A large variation in carbon content of the alloys is possible before the precipitation of graphite flakes occurs. Titanium is a very potent addition to refine the grain size of castings. A range of complex sand castings and two different sizes of centrifugal cast tubes of the alloy have already been cast. (orig.) 18 refs.

  12. Technological parameters of die casting and quality of casting from EN AC46500 alloy

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    Š. Gašpár

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Die casting represents the highest technological level of metal mold casting. This technology enables production of almost all final products without necessity of further processing. The important aspect of efficiency and production is a proper casting parameters setting. In the submitted paper following die casting parameters are analyzed: plunger pressing speed and pressure. The studied parameters most significantly affect a qualitative of castings from EN AC46500 alloy and they influence the most a gained porosity level as well as basic mechanical properties represented by permanent deformations.

  13. High-Strength Aluminum Casting Alloy for High-Temperature Applications (MSFC Center Director's Discretionary Fund Final Project No. 97-10)

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    Lee, J. A.

    1998-01-01

    A new aluminum-silicon alloy has been successfully developed at Marshall Space Flight Center that has a significant improvement in tensile strength at elevated temperatures (550 to 700 F). For instance, the new alloy shows in average tensile strength of at least 90 percent higher than the current 390 aluminum piston alloy tested at 500 F. Compared to conventional aluminum alloys, automotive engines using the new piston alloy will have improved gas mileage, and may produce less air pollution in order to meet the future U.S. automotive legislative requirements for low hydrocarbon emissions. The projected cost for this alloy is less than $0.95/lb, and it readily allows the automotive components to be cast at a high production volume with a low, fully accounted cost. It is economically produced by pouring molten metal directly into conventional permanent steel molds or die casting.

  14. Development and application of titanium alloy casting technology in China

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    NAN Hai; XIE Cheng-mu; ZHAO Jia-qi

    2005-01-01

    The development and research of titanium cast alloy and its casting technology, especially its application inaeronautical industry in China are presented. The technology of molding, melting and casting of titanium alloy, casting quality control are introduced. The existing problems and development trend in titanium alloy casting technology are also discussed.

  15. Filler metal alloy for welding cast nickel aluminide alloys

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    Santella, M.L.; Sikka, V.K.

    1998-03-10

    A filler metal alloy used as a filler for welding cast nickel aluminide alloys contains from about 15 to about 17 wt. % chromium, from about 4 to about 5 wt. % aluminum, equal to or less than about 1.5 wt. % molybdenum, from about 1 to about 4.5 wt. % zirconium, equal to or less than about 0.01 wt. % yttrium, equal to or less than about 0.01 wt. % boron and the balance nickel. The filler metal alloy is made by melting and casting techniques such as are melting the components of the filler metal alloy and cast in copper chill molds. 3 figs.

  16. Cast iron-base alloy for cylinder/regenerator housing

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    Witter, Stewart L.; Simmons, Harold E.; Woulds, Michael J.

    1985-01-01

    NASACC-1 is a castable iron-base alloy designed to replace the costly and strategic cobalt-base X-40 alloy used in the automotive Stirling engine cylinder/generator housing. Over 40 alloy compositions were evaluated using investment cast test bars for stress-rupture testing. Also, hydrogen compatibility and oxygen corrosion resistance tests were used to determine the optimal alloy. NASACC-1 alloy was characterized using elevated and room temperature tensile, creep-rupture, low cycle fatigue, heat capacity, specific heat, and thermal expansion testing. Furthermore, phase analysis was performed on samples with several heat treated conditions. The properties are very encouraging. NASACC-1 alloy shows stress-rupture and low cycle fatigue properties equivalent to X-40. The oxidation resistance surpassed the program goal while maintaining acceptable resistance to hydrogen exposure. The welding, brazing, and casting characteristics are excellent. Finally, the cost of NASACC-1 is significantly lower than that of X-40.

  17. [Casting faults and structural studies on bonded alloys comparing centrifugal castings and vacuum pressure castings].

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    Fuchs, P; Küfmann, W

    1978-07-01

    The casting processes in use today such as centrifugal casting and vacuum pressure casting were compared with one another. An effort was made to answer the question whether the occurrence of shrink cavities and the mean diameter of the grain of the alloy is dependent on the method of casting. 80 crowns were made by both processes from the baked alloys Degudent Universal, Degudent N and the trial alloy 4437 of the firm Degusa. Slice sections were examined for macro and micro-porosity and the structural appearance was evaluated by linear analysis. Statistical analysis showed that casting faults and casting structure is independent of the method used and their causes must be found in the conditions of casting and the composition of the alloy.

  18. Bimetallic layered castings alloy steel – carbon cast steel

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    T. Wróbel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In paper is presented technology of bimetallic layered castings based on founding method of layer coating directly in cast processso-called method of mould cavity preparation. Prepared castings consist two fundamental parts i.e. bearing part and working part (layer. The bearing part of bimetallic layered casting is typical foundry material i.e. ferritic-pearlitic carbon cast steel, whereas working part (layer is plate of austenitic alloy steel sort X10CrNi 18-8. The ratio of thickness between bearing and working part is 8:1. The quality of the bimetallic layered castings was evaluated on the basis of ultrasonic NDT (non-destructive testing, structure and macro- and microhardness researches.

  19. Casting behavior of titanium alloys in a centrifugal casting machine.

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    Watanabe, K; Miyakawa, O; Takada, Y; Okuno, O; Okabe, T

    2003-05-01

    Since dental casting requires replication of complex shapes with great accuracy, this study examined how well some commercial titanium alloys and experimental titanium-copper alloys filled a mold cavity. The metals examined were three types of commercial dental titanium [commercially pure titanium (hereinafter noted as CP-Ti), Ti-6Al-4V (T64) and Ti-6Al-7Nb (T67)], and experimental titanium-copper alloys [3%, 5% and 10% Cu (mass %)]. The volume percentage filling the cavity was evaluated in castings prepared in a very thin perforated sheet pattern and cast in a centrifugal casting machine. The flow behavior of the molten metal was also examined using a so-called "tracer element technique." The amounts of CP-Ti and all the Ti-Cu alloys filling the cavity were similar; less T64 and T67 filled the cavity. However, the Ti-Cu alloys failed to reach the end of the cavities due to a lower fluidity compared to the other metals. A mold prepared with specially designed perforated sheets was effective at differentiating the flow behavior of the metals tested. The present technique also revealed that the more viscous Ti-Cu alloys with a wide freezing range failed to sequentially flow to the end of the cavity.

  20. Iron/Phosphorus Alloys for Continuous Casting

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    Dufresne, E. R.

    1986-01-01

    Continuous casting becomes practicable because of reduced eutectic temperature. Experimental ferrous alloy has melting point about 350 degrees C lower than conventional steels, making possible to cast structural members and eliminating need for hot rolling. Product has normal metal structure and good physical properties. Process used to make rails, beams, slabs, channels, and pipes.

  1. Alloying and Casting Furnace for Shape Memory Alloys Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The concept in the proposed project is to create a melting, alloying and casting furnace for the processing titanium based SMA using cold crucible techniques. The...

  2. Cast Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2003-01-01

    Originally developed by NASA as high performance piston alloys to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low exhaust emission, the novel NASA alloys now offer dramatic increase in tensile strength for many other applications at elevated temperatures from 450 F (232 C) to about 750 F (400 C). It is an ideal low cost material for cast automotive components such as pistons, cylinder heads, cylinder liners, connecting rods, turbo chargers, impellers, actuators, brake calipers and rotors. It can be very economically produced from conventional permanent mold, sand casting or investment casting, with silicon content ranging from 6% to 18%. At high silicon levels, the alloy exhibits excellent dimensional stability, surface hardness and wear resistant properties.

  3. Comparison of Lost Foam Casting of AM60B Alloy and A356 Alloy

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    Han, Qingyou [ORNL; Dinwiddie, Ralph Barton [ORNL; Sklad, Philip S [ORNL; Currie, Kenneth [Tennessee Technological University; Vondra, Fred [Tennessee Technological University; Abdelrahman, Mohamed [Tennessee Technological University; Walford, Graham [Walford Technologies; Nolan, Dennis J [Foseco-Morval; Nedkova, Teodora [Kaiser Aluminum

    2007-01-01

    The article describes the research activities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Tennessee Technological University on lost foam casting of magnesium alloys. The work was focused on castings of simple geometries such as plate castings and window castings in order to compare the difference in castability between magnesium alloys and aluminum alloy using the lost foam casting process. Significant differences between lost foam aluminum casting and lost foam magnesium casting have been observed.

  4. Filler metal alloy for welding cast nickel aluminide alloys

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    Santella, Michael L. (Knoxville, TN); Sikka, Vinod K. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1998-01-01

    A filler metal alloy used as a filler for welding east nickel aluminide alloys contains from about 15 to about 17 wt. % chromium, from about 4 to about 5 wt. % aluminum, equal to or less than about 1.5 wt. % molybdenum, from about 1 to about 4.5 wt. % zirconium, equal to or less than about 0.01 wt. % yttrium, equal to or less than about 0.01 wt. % boron and the balance nickel. The filler metal alloy is made by melting and casting techniques such as are melting the components of the filler metal alloy and east in copper chill molds.

  5. Influence of time of annealing on anneal hardening effect of a cast CuZn alloy

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    Nestorović Svetlana; Ivanić Lj.; Marković Desimir

    2003-01-01

    Investigated cast copper alloy containing 8at%Zn of a solute. For comparison parallel specimens made from cast pure copper. Copper and copper alloy were subjected to cold rolling with different a final reduction of 30,50 and 70%. The cold rolled copper and copper alloy samples were isochronally and isothermally annealed up to recrystallization temperature. After that the values of hardness, strength and electrical conductivity were measured and X-ray analysis was performed. These investigatio...

  6. Development of High-Performance Cast Crankshafts. Final Technical Report

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    Bauer, Mark E [General Motors, Detroit, MI (United States)

    2017-03-31

    The objective of this project was to develop technologies that would enable the production of cast crankshafts that can replace high performance forged steel crankshafts. To achieve this, the Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) of the new material needs to be 850 MPa with a desired minimum Yield Strength (YS; 0.2% offset) of 615 MPa and at least 10% elongation. Perhaps more challenging, the cast material needs to be able to achieve sufficient local fatigue properties to satisfy the durability requirements in today’s high performance gasoline and diesel engine applications. The project team focused on the development of cast steel alloys for application in crankshafts to take advantage of the higher stiffness over other potential material choices. The material and process developed should be able to produce high-performance crankshafts at no more than 110% of the cost of current production cast units, perhaps the most difficult objective to achieve. To minimize costs, the primary alloy design strategy was to design compositions that can achieve the required properties with minimal alloying and post-casting heat treatments. An Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) based approach was utilized, rather than relying only on traditional trial-and-error methods, which has been proven to accelerate alloy development time. Prototype melt chemistries designed using ICME were cast as test specimens and characterized iteratively to develop an alloy design within a stage-gate process. Standard characterization and material testing was done to validate the alloy performance against design targets and provide feedback to material design and manufacturing process models. Finally, the project called for Caterpillar and General Motors (GM) to develop optimized crankshaft designs using the final material and manufacturing processing path developed. A multi-disciplinary effort was to integrate finite element analyses by engine designers and geometry-specific casting

  7. EVOLUTION OF AS—CAST MICROSTRUCTURES OF 356 ALUMINIUM ALLOY CAST BY LIQUIDUS CASTING

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    J.Dong; G.M.Lu; 等

    2003-01-01

    A new method (liquidus casting)was used for 356 Al alloy semi-solid slurry mak-ing.The structures of 356 Al alloy cast by a fe mould and semi-continuous casting machine at different temperatures were inves tigated.How the globular grains form was qlso discussed.The results show that either being cast by single Fe mould or semi-continuous machine,the microstructures are not conventional dendrites but fine and net-globular grains.The average grain size is smaller than 30μm and suitable enough for thixoforming,meanwhile it can improve the mechanical properties of fol-lowing products.Under the suitable casting velocity and cooling intensity,most of global grains prolong their global browth and collide with each other before dendritic growth because of the large amount of the nucleation sites.

  8. Properties improvement of the al 7075 alloy castings

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    Gulišija Zvonko P.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and the mechanical properties of the samples obtained by conventional vertical continuous casting and electromagnetic casting of 7075 aluminum as-cast alloy were investigated. The better surface quality, more homogeneous alloying elements distribution and hence the microstructure and better mechanical properties were obtained in samples casted with electromagnetic field (EMF compared with samples casted without EMF. The microstructure was analyzed by optical microscope and the variation of alloying elements, Zn and Mg, through the sample cross section was examined by chemical analysis. The mechanical properties of samples casted with and without electromagnetic field were determined using computerized materials testing machine Zwick/Roel Z 100.

  9. Modeling wear of cast Ti alloys.

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    Chan, Kwai S; Koike, Marie; Okabe, Toru

    2007-05-01

    The wear behavior of Ti-based alloys was analyzed by considering the elastic-plastic fracture of individual alloys in response to the relevant contact stress field. Using the contact stresses as the process driving force, wear was computed as the wear rate or volume loss as a function of hardness and tensile ductility for Ti-based cast alloys containing an alpha, alpha+beta or beta microstructure with or without the intermetallic precipitates. Model predictions indicated that wear of Ti alloys increases with increasing hardness but with decreasing fracture toughness or tensile ductility. The theoretical results are compared with experimental data to elucidate the roles of microstructure in wear and contrasted against those in grindability.

  10. Inference of optimal speed for sound centrifugal casting of Al-12Si alloys

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    Agari, Shailesh Rao; Mukunda, P. G.; Rao, Shrikantha S.; Sudhakar, K. G.

    2011-05-01

    True centrifugal casting is a standard casting technique for the manufacture of hollow, intricate and sound castings without the use of cores. The molten metal or alloy poured into the rotating mold forms a hollow casting as the centrifugal forces lift the liquid along the mold inner surface. When a mold is rotated at low and very high speeds defects are found in the final castings. Obtaining the critical speed for sound castings should not be a matter of guess or based on experience. The defects in the casting are mainly due to the behavior of the molten metal during the teeming and solidification process. Motion of molten metal at various speeds and its effect during casting are addressed in this paper. Eutectic Al-12Si alloy is taken as an experiment fluid and its performance during various rotational speeds is discussed.

  11. EVOLUTION OF AS-CAST MICROSTRUCTURES OF 356 ALUMINIUM ALLOY CAST BY LIQUIDUS CASTING

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    J. Dong; G.M. Lu; J.Z. Cui; Z.H. Zhao

    2003-01-01

    A new method (liquidus casting) was used for 356 Al alloy semi-solid slurry mak-ing. The structures of 356 Al alloy cast by a Fe mould and semi-continuous castingmachine at different temperatures were investigated. How the globular grains formwas also discussed. The results show that either being cast by single Fe mould orsemi-continuous machine, the microstructures are not conventional dendrites but fineand net-globular grains. The average grain size is smaller than 30μm and suitableenough for thixoforming, meanwhile it can improve the mechanical properties of fol-lowing products. Under the suitable casting velocity and cooling intensity, most ofglobal grains prolong their global growth and collide with each other before dendriticgrowth because of the large amount of the nucleation sites.

  12. Grindability of cast Ti-Hf alloys.

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    Kikuchi, Masafumi; Takahashi, Masatoshi; Sato, Hideki; Okuno, Osamu; Nunn, Martha E; Okabe, Toru

    2006-04-01

    As part of our systematic studies characterizing the properties of titanium alloys, we investigated the grindability of a series of cast Ti-Hf alloys. Alloy buttons with hafnium concentrations up to 40 mass% were made using an argon-arc melting furnace. Each button was cast into a magnesia-based mold using a dental titanium casting machine; three specimens were made for each metal. Prior to testing, the hardened surface layer was removed. The specimens were ground at five different speeds for 1 min at 0.98 N using a carborundum wheel on an electric dental handpiece. Grindability was evaluated as the volume of metal removed per minute (grinding rate) and the volume ratio of metal removed compared to the wheel material lost (grinding ratio). The data were analyzed using ANOVA. A trend of increasing grindability was found with increasing amounts of hafnium, although there was no statistical difference in the grindability with increasing hafnium contents. We also found that hafnium may be used to harden or strengthen titanium without deteriorating the grindability.

  13. Preferential dissolution behaviour in Ni–Cr dental cast alloy

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    Viswanathan S Saji; Han Cheol Choe

    2010-08-01

    A Ni–Cr–Mo dental alloy was fabricated by three different casting methods, viz. centrifugal casting, high frequency induction casting and vacuum pressure casting. The dependence of cast microstructure on the electrochemical corrosion behaviour was investigated using potentiodynamic cyclic and potentiostatic polarization techniques, impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The experimental results were compared and discussed with those obtained for a Co–Cr–Mo counterpart. The results of the study showed that the variation in casting morphologies with casting methods has only marginal influence in the overall corrosion resistance of Ni–Cr and Co–Cr dental alloys. There was severe preferential dissolution of Ni rich, Cr and Mo depleted zones from the Ni–Cr–Mo alloy. The overall corrosion resistance property of the Co–Cr base alloy was better than that of the Ni–Cr base alloy.

  14. Electrochemical characterization of cast titanium alloys.

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    Cai, Zhuo; Shafer, Ty; Watanabe, Ikuya; Nunn, Martha E; Okabe, Toru

    2003-01-01

    A reaction layer forms on cast titanium alloy surfaces due to the reaction of the molten metal with the investment. This surface layer may affect the corrosion of the alloy in the oral environment. The objective of this study was to characterize the in vitro corrosion behavior of cast titanium alloys. ASTM Grade 2 CP titanium, Ti-6Al-4V, Ti-6Al-7Nb and Ti-13Nb-13Zr alloys were cast into a MgO-based investment. Experiments were performed on castings (N=4) with three surface conditions: (A) as-cast surface after sandblasting, (B) polished surface after removal of the reaction layer, and (C) sandblasted surface after removal of the reaction layer. Open-circuit potential (OCP) measurement, linear polarization, and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed in aerated (air+10% CO(2)) modified Tani-Zucchi synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was subsequently conducted in the same medium deaerated with N(2)+10% CO(2) gas 2 h before and during the experiment. Polarization resistance (R(P)) and corrosion rate (I(CORR)) were calculated. Numerical results were subjected to nonparametric statistical analysis at alpha=0.05. The OCP stabilized for all the specimens after 6 x 10(4)s. Apparent differences in anodic polarization were observed among the different surfaces for all the metals. A passivation region followed by breakdown and repassivation were seen on specimens with surfaces A and C. An extensive passive region was observed on all the metals with surface B. The Kruskal-Wallis test showed no significant differences in OCP, R(p), I(CORR) or break down potential for each of the three surfaces among all the metals. The Mann-Whitney test showed significantly lower R(P) and higher I(CORR) values for surface C compared to the other surfaces. Results indicate that the surface condition has more effect on corrosion of these alloys than the surface reaction layer. Within the oxidation potential range of the oral cavity, all the metal

  15. Grain Refinement of Permanent Mold Cast Copper Base Alloys

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    M.Sadayappan; J.P.Thomson; M.Elboujdaini; G.Ping Gu; M. Sahoo

    2005-04-01

    Grain refinement is a well established process for many cast and wrought alloys. The mechanical properties of various alloys could be enhanced by reducing the grain size. Refinement is also known to improve casting characteristics such as fluidity and hot tearing. Grain refinement of copper-base alloys is not widely used, especially in sand casting process. However, in permanent mold casting of copper alloys it is now common to use grain refinement to counteract the problem of severe hot tearing which also improves the pressure tightness of plumbing components. The mechanism of grain refinement in copper-base alloys is not well understood. The issues to be studied include the effect of minor alloy additions on the microstructure, their interaction with the grain refiner, effect of cooling rate, and loss of grain refinement (fading). In this investigation, efforts were made to explore and understand grain refinement of copper alloys, especially in permanent mold casting conditions.

  16. Evaluation of porosity in Al alloy die castings

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    M. Říhová

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical properties of an Al-alloy die casting depend significantly on its structural properties. Porosity in Al-alloy castings is one of the most frequent causes of waste castings. Gas pores are responsible for impaired mechanical-technological properties of cast materials. On the basis of a complex evaluation of experiments conducted on AlSi9Cu3 alloy samples taken from the upper engine block which was die- cast with and without local squeeze casting it can be said that castings manufactured without squeeze casting exhibit maximum porosity in the longitudinal section. The area without local squeeze casting exhibits a certain reduction in mechanical properties and porosity increased to as much as 5%. However, this still meets the norms set by SKODA AUTO a.s.

  17. Process on cold crucible electromagnetic casting for titanium alloy

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    CHEN Rui-run

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available The parameters and factors that influence the surface quality and macrostructure of titanium alloy with reactive properties under liquid state were studied experimentally using a cold crucible electromagnetic casting method. The variations in the process parameters have great impact on the surface quality and macrostructure of cast billets. Billets with crack free and smooth surfaces as well as directional solidified primary structures were obtained after the selection of optimized process parameters. The formation mechanisms of defects such as cracks and non-directional structural morphology were interpreted briefly. Finally, the casting of billets with good outer qualities and inner column grains has been attained successfully, which in turn gives a solid foundation for further development of the technology.

  18. Process on cold crucible electromagnetic casting for titanium alloy

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    2007-01-01

    The parameters and factors that influence the surface quality and macrostructure of titanium alloy with reactive properties under liquid state were studied experimentally using a cold crucible electromagnetic casting method. The variations in the process parameters have great impact on the surface quality and macrostructure of cast billets. Billets with crack free and smooth surfaces as well as directional solidified primary structures were obtained after the selection of optimized process parameters. The formation mechanisms of defects such as cracks and non-directional structural morphology were interpreted briefly. Finally, the casting of billets with good outer qualities and inner column grains has been attained successfully, which in turn gives a solid foundation for further development of the technology.

  19. Wear resistant steels and casting alloys containing niobium carbide

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    Theisen, W.; Siebert, S.; Huth, S. [Lehrstuhl Werkstofftechnik, Ruhr-Univ. Bochum (Germany)

    2007-12-15

    Niobium, like titanium and vanadium, forms superhard MC carbides that remain relatively pure in technical alloys on account of their low solubility for other metallic alloying elements. However, because they have a greater hardness than the precipitated chromium carbides commonly used in wear-resistant alloys, they are suitable as alternative hard phases. This contribution deals with new wear-resistant steels and casting alloys containing niobium carbide. These include a secondary hardening hardfacing alloy, a composite casting alloy for wear applications at elevated temperatures, a white cast iron as well as two variants of a corrosion-resistant cold-work tool steel produced by melt metallurgy and by powder metallurgy. A heat-resistant casting alloy is also discussed. Based on equilibrium calculations the microstructures developing during production of the alloys are analysed, and the results are discussed with respect to important properties such as abrasive wear and corrosion resistance. (orig.)

  20. Development of environmentally friendly cast alloys and composites. High zinc Al-base cast alloys

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    W.K. Krajewski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This work is devoted to grain refinement of the foundry Al-20 wt% Zn (AlZn20 alloy, aiming at improving ductility of the sand-cast alloy The melted alloy was inoculated using traditional AlTi5B1 (TiBAl and AlTi3C0.15 (TiCAl master alloys and newly introduced (Zn,Al-Ti3 one. The performed structural examinations showed out significant increasing of the grain population of the inoculated alloy and plas-ticity increase represented by elongation. The high damping properties of the initial alloy, measured using an ultrasonic Olympus Epoch XT device, are basicly preserved after inoculation. Also tensile strength preserves its good values, while elongation shows an increase – which are beneficials of the employed grain-refining process.

  1. Aluminum Alloy and Article Cast Therefrom

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    Lee, Jonathan A. (Inventor); Chen, Po-Shou (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A cast article from an aluminum alloy, which has improved mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, has the following composition in weight percent: Silicon 14 - 25.0, Copper 5.5 - 8.0, Iron 0.05 - 1.2, Magnesium 0.5 - 1.5, Nickel 0.05 - 0.9, Manganese 0.05 - 1.0, Titanium 0.05 - 1.2, Zirconium 0.05 - 1.2, Vanadium 0.05 - 1.2, Zinc 0.05 - 0.9, Phosphorus 0.001 - 0.1, and the balance is Aluminum, wherein the silicon-to-magnesium ratio is 10 - 25, and the copper-to-magnesium ratio is 4 - 15. The aluminum alloy contains a simultaneous dispersion of three types of Al3X compound particles (X=Ti, V, Zr) having a LI2, crystal structure, and their lattice parameters are coherent to the aluminum matrix lattice. A process for producing this cast article is also disclosed, as well as a metal matrix composite, which includes the aluminum alloy serving as a matrix and containing up to about 60% by volume of a secondary filler material.

  2. Spray casting project final report

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    Churnetski, S.R.; Thompson, J.E.

    1996-08-01

    Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. (Energy Systems), along with other participating organizations, has been exploring the feasibility of spray casting depleted uranium (DU) to near-net shape as a waste minimization effort. Although this technology would be useful in a variety of applications where DU was the material of choice, this effort was aimed primarily at gamma-shielding components for use in storage and transportation canisters for high-level radioactive waste, particularly in the Multipurpose Canister (MPC) application. In addition to the waste-minimization benefits, spray casting would simplify the manufacturing process by allowing the shielding components for MPC to be produced as a single component, as opposed to multiple components with many fabrication and assembly steps. In earlier experiments, surrogate materials were used to simulate the properties (specifically reactivity and density) of DU. Based on the positive results from those studies, the project participants decided that further evaluation of the issues and concerns that would accompany spraying DU was warranted. That evaluation occupied substantially all of Fiscal Year 1995, yielding conceptual designs for both an intermediate facility and a production facility and their associated engineering estimates. An intermediate facility was included in this study to allow further technology development in spraying DU. Although spraying DU to near-net shape seems to be feasible, a number of technical, engineering, and safety issues would need to be evaluated before proceeding with a production facility. This report is intended to document the results from the spray-casting project and to provide information needed by anyone interested in proceeding to the next step.

  3. Twin-roll strip casting of magnesium alloys in China

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    2008-01-01

    The development status of twin-roll strip casting for magnesium alloys in China was summarized as well as the new progress when several kinds of twin-roll strip casting technologies were developed and used.Horizontal twin-roll casting (HTRC) of magnesium alloys has attracted much attention and has been industrialized in China.Vertical twin roll casting(VTRC) of the magnesium alloys can reach a speed of higher than 30 m/min and its research and development are just beginning and exhibit exciting potential.By comparing the process characteristics of the two technologies,the process stability of HTRC for the magnesium alloys is better,and the casting speed and the cooling rate of VTRC for the magnesium alloys are higher.The quality of the products by the two technologies needs to be improved and further investigated.

  4. Squeeze Casting of Semiolid A356 Alloy

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    Xiang-Jie Yang

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The rheo-squeeze casting (rheo-SQC combining the rheocasting and the SQC was developed, in which semisolid slurry was produced by the low superheat pouring with a shearing field (LSPSF process. The three-dimensional morphology of the primary α-Al phase and the rest spacing of slurry prepared by LSPSF process have been reconstructed and visualized, and the microstructures of squeeze cast A356 alloy have been obtained. Based on the three-dimensional microstructure reconstructed, their three-dimensional characterizations such as solid volume fraction and equivalent diameter of the extracted primary α-Al phase of the slurry were measured and calculated. And the microstructures of cross-section of squeeze cast product were investigated. Compared and analyzed the typical microstructure characteristics of parts in different positions produced by SQC and rheo-SQC, the results show that the primary α-Al phase was in the form of enriched dendrites across the whole section of parts produced by SQC. Nevertheless, in the relative case of the rheo-SQC, the whole formations of dendrites have been inhibited effectively, revealing a conspicuous modification in morphology and refinement of the primary α-Al phase. In addition, the solid fraction decreased from the centre to the verge of products along the slurry flow orientation.

  5. High speed twin roll casting of 6061 alloy strips

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    T. Haga; Sakaguchi, H.; H. Watari; S. Kumai

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is to clear the possibility of high speed roll casting of thin strips of two aluminum alloys:6061 and recycled 6061. Mechanical properties of the roll cast 6061 and recycled 6061 strips were investigated inthe frame of this purpose.Design/methodology/approach: Methods used in the present study were high speed twin roll caster and lowtemperature casting. These methods were used to realize rapid solidification and increase the casting speed.Findings: are that 6061 and rec...

  6. Effect of Rotational Speeds on the Cast Tube During Vertical Centrifugal Casting Process on Appearance, Microstructure, and Hardness Behavior for Al-2Si Alloy

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    Shailesh Rao, A.; Tattimani, Mahantesh S.; Rao, Shrikantha S.

    2015-04-01

    The flow of molten metal plays a crucial role in determining casting quality. During rotation of the mold, melt flow around its inner circumference determines the final configurations and properties of the cast tube. In this paper, Al-2Si alloy is cast in the vertical mold at the various rotational speeds of the mold. The uniform cylinder tube is formed at a rotational speed of 1000 rpm, while before and beyond this speed, irregular-shaped cast tube is formed. Finally, fine structured grain size with high hardness value is found in uniform cast tube compared with others.

  7. ''Heat Transfer at the Mold-Metal Interface in Permanent Mold Casting of Aluminum Alloys'' Final Project Report

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    Professor R. D. Pehlke, Principal Investigator, Dr. John M. Cookson, Dr. Shouwei Hao, Dr. Prasad Krishna, Kevin T. Bilkey

    2001-12-14

    This project on heat transfer coefficients in metal permanent mold casting has been conducted in three areas. They are the theoretical study at the University of Michigan, the experimental investigation of squeeze casting at CMI-Tech Center (Now Hayes-Lemmerz Technical Center) and the experimental investigation of low pressure permanent mold casting at Amcast Automotive.

  8. Technological Aspects of Low-Alloyed Cast Steel Massive Casting Manufacturing

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    Szajnara J.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In the paper authors have undertaken the attempt of explaining the causes of cracks net occurrence on a massive 3-ton cast steel casting with complex geometry. Material used for casting manufacturing was the low-alloyed cast steel with increased wear resistance modified with vanadium and titanium. The studies included the primary and secondary crystallization analysis with use of TDA and the qualitative and quantitative analysis of non-metallic inclusions.

  9. Trials to manufacture and test castings from Inconel alloy

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    W. Uhl

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The article describes the methods of producing and testing the Inconel 740 nickel alloy in as-cast state. An assumption has been made that the obtained alloy should be characterised by a normative chemical composition and mechanical properties similar to those that are obtained in the process of plastic forming. The alloy was fabricated by conventional process and vacuum metallurgy in the form of pilot castings enabling various types of tests to be carried out. Within the test and investigations programme, moulding materials were chosen, castings were poured and subjected to the process of heat treatment, followed by tests and examinations of alloy properties (mechanical tests, cooling curves. The outcome of the investigations was cast alloy characterised by chemical composition close to the normative one but of the mechanical properties inferior to those obtained by plastic forming.

  10. Development Program for Natural Aging Aluminum Casting Alloys

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    Dr. Geoffrey K. Sigworth

    2004-05-14

    A number of 7xx aluminum casting alloys are based on the ternary Al-Zn-Mg system. These alloys age naturally to high strength at room temperature. A high temperature solution and aging treatment is not required. Consequently, these alloys have the potential to deliver properties nearly equivalent to conventional A356-T6 (Al-Si-Mg) castings, with a significant cost saving. An energy savings is also possible. In spite of these advantages, the 7xx casting alloys are seldom used, primarily because of their reputation for poor castibility. This paper describes the results obtained in a DOE-funded research study of these alloys, which is part of the DOE-OIT ''Cast Metals Industries of the Future'' Program. Suggestions for possible commercial use are also given.

  11. Mechanical properties of homogenized twin-roll cast and conventionally cast AZ31 magnesium alloys

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    Mariia Zimina

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The improvement of mechanical properties of magnesium alloys nowadays is very important, because of the variety of industrial applications. For this goal, the number of casting techniques and further treatments were developed. Among the continuous casting techniques, which allow producing long strips of the alloys, is twin-roll casting. Using this process one can get the magnesium alloy with finest microstructure and higher specific strength. In this paper the comparison of tensile properties of conventionally cast and twin-roll cast AZ31 magnesium alloys was made. Tensile tests were carried out with constant strain rate 10-3 s-1 at temperatures ranging from 100 to 300 °C. Both materials were tested in as-cast state and after homogenization treatment at 450 °C for 10 hours. The investigation showed that there are no significant changes in ductility of AZ31 conventionally cast alloy even after heat treatment, while the ductility of twin-roll cast alloy increases.

  12. Evolution of microstructure in centrifugal cast Al-Cu alloy

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    Sui Yanwei

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available In this research, the effects of centrifugal radius and mould rotation speed on microstructure in centrifugal-cast Al-Cu alloy have been investigated. The results show that, with increase of the centrifugal radius or mould rotation speed, the grain size of centrifugal-cast Al-Cu alloy decreases gradually, while the content of white phases containing the Al2Cu precipitated from α-phase, divorced eutectic and regular eutectic microstructure increases, leading to higher Cu macrosegregation. The variation level of microstructure in centrifugal-cast Al-Cu alloy at 600 rpm of mould rotation speed is greater than that at 300 rpm.

  13. Influence of Refiner in ZA-12 Alloys During Centrifugal Casting Process

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    Jyothi, P. N.; Shailesh, Rao A.; Jagath, M. C.; Channakeshavalu, K.

    2014-05-01

    The behavior of the molten melt plays a predominant role in determining the quality cast product. In continuous casting, addition of refiner 1% (Al+Ti+B2) onto the molten metal increases its mechanical properties as a result of the nucleation within the process. In this article, the effect of refiners in the centrifugal casting process was studied. Eutectic ZA-12 alloys were taken for our experiment and cast at various rotational speeds (400 rpm, 600 rpm, and 800 rpm) with and without the addition of refiners. Rather than increase in the solidification rate as in continuous casting, these refiners diminish the solidification rate, which in turn forms an irregular-shaped cast tube. The microstructure and hardness for the entire cast specimen were discussed finally.

  14. Technique of Aluminum Alloy Composite by Inversion Casting

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    2002-01-01

    The influence of the temperature of liquid aluminum alloy, the dipping time in liquid alloy and the thickness of base strips on the solidified layer was studied during the process of producing aluminum alloy composite strips used in automobile radiator with inversion casting. It is concluded that there is welding as well as diffusion of alloying elements between the base strip and the coating. Experiments proved that the interface has a good bonding.

  15. Prediction of porosity in cast equiaxed alloy 718

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    Ko, Y.K. [Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States); Sahai, V.; Overfelt, R.A. [Auburn Univ., AL (United States); Berry, J.T. [Mississippi State Univ., MS (United States)

    1995-12-31

    The prediction of porosity distribution in shaped castings is a popular topic at the present time. A number of criteria functions (CFs) have been proposed to assist in such predictions, these functions generally being obtained from computer modeling of solidification. Although considerable attention has been given to the use of CFs with plain carbon steel and aluminum castings, only limited attention has been given to superalloy castings. Using experimental data on porosity distribution in such castings for validation, various criteria functions were compared for effectiveness in predicting the level of porosity in castings of different thicknesses vacuum investment cast in alloy 718. The criteria functions concerned were obtained by interrogating the output of a simulation using commercially available software. The castings were in the form of vertically cast plates attached to a common top gating system. The problems associated with obtaining thermally accurate simulation, as well as appropriate validation are also discussed.

  16. Development of Lead-Free Copper Alloy-Graphite Castings

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    Rohatgi, P.K. [Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (US)

    1999-10-01

    In this project, graphite is used as a substitute for lead in order to maintain the machinability of plumbing components at the level of leaded brass. Graphite dispersed in Cu alloy was observed to impart good machinability and reduce the sizes of chips during machining of plumbing components in a manner similar to lead. Copper alloys containing dispersed graphite particles could be successfully cast in several plumbing fixtures which exhibited acceptable corrosion rate, solderability, platability, and pressure tightness. The power consumption for machining of composites was also lower than that of the matrix alloy. In addition, centrifugally cast copper alloy cylinders containing graphite particles were successfully made. These cylinders can therefore be used for bearing applications, as substitutes for lead-containing copper alloys. The results indicate that copper graphite alloys developed under this DOE project have a great potential to substitute for lead copper alloys in both plumbing and bearing applications.

  17. Casting Porosity-Free Grain Refined Magnesium Alloys

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    Schwam, David [Case Western Reserve University

    2013-08-12

    The objective of this project was to identify the root causes for micro-porosity in magnesium alloy castings and recommend remedies that can be implemented in production. The findings confirm the key role played by utilizing optimal gating and risering practices in minimizing porosity in magnesium castings. 

  18. Abrasive Wear of Alloyed Cast Steels Applied for Heavy Machinery

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    Studnicki A.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In the paper the results and analysis of abrasive wear studies were shown for two grades of cast steels: low-alloyed cast steel applied for heavy machinery parts such as housing, covers etc. and chromium cast steels applied for kinetic nodes of pin-sleeve type. Studies were performed using the modified in Department of Foundry pin-on-disc method.

  19. 46 CFR 59.20-1 - Carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings. 59.20-1 Section 59... BOILERS, PRESSURE VESSELS AND APPURTENANCES Welding Repairs to Castings § 59.20-1 Carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings. Defects in carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings may be repaired by welding. The...

  20. Interaction between alloying and hardening of cast iron surface

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    刘政军; 郝雪枫; 傅迎庆; 牟力军

    2002-01-01

    To improve wear resistance of surface will increase the service life of gray cast iron directly. This paper presents that gray cast iron surface coated with alloy powder is locally remelted by TIG arc to increase the wear resistance. The influences of arc current and scanning rate etc on surface properties are found. Under different conditions, the microstructure, hardness and wear resistance of remelted layer are analyzed and measured. The results indicate that the gray cast iron surface can be strengthened by TIG arc local remelting treatment. Especially, surface alloying hardening effect is best and surface properties are improved remarkably.

  1. High Speed Twin Roll Casting of Aluminum Alloy Strips

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    Toshio; Haga

    2002-01-01

    The twin roll caster for aluminum alloys has many a dv antages. For example, rapid solidification, low equipment cost, and low running cost, etc. However, the twin roll caster has some disadvantages. They are slow c asting speed and limitation of alloys. In the conventional twin roll caster, the casting speed is slower than 10 m/min. Aluminum alloys, which freezing range is wide, can not be cast. In the present study, break through of these problems wa s tried, and a new type twin roll caster was devised...

  2. Prediction of ALLOY SHRINKAGE FACTORS FOR THE INVESTMENT CASTING PROCESS

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    Sabau, Adrian S [ORNL

    2006-01-01

    This study deals with the experimental measurements and numerical predictions of alloy shrinkage factors (SFs) related to the investment casting process. The dimensions of the A356 aluminum alloy casting were determined from the numerical simulation results of solidification, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and deformation phenomena. The investment casting process was carried out using wax patterns of unfilled wax and shell molds that were made of fused silica with a zircon prime coat. The dimensions of the die tooling, wax pattern, and casting were measured, in order to determine the actual tooling allowances. Several numerical simulations were carried out, to assess the level of accuracy for the casting shrinkage. The solid fraction threshold, at which the transition from the fluid dynamics to the solid dynamics occurs, was found to be important in predicting shrinkage factors (SFs). It was found that accurate predictions were obtained for all measued dimensions when the shell mold was considered a deformable material.

  3. The quality of the joint between alloy steel and unalloyed cast steel in bimetallic layered castings

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    T. Wróbel

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In paper is presented technology of bimetallic layered castings based on founding method of layer coating directly in cast process so-called method of mould cavity preparation. Prepared castings consist two fundamental parts i.e. bearing part and working part (layer. The bearing part of bimetallic layered casting is typical foundry material i.e. ferritic-pearlitic unalloyed cast steel, whereas working part (layer is plate of austenitic alloy steel sort X2CrNi 18-9. The ratio of thickness between bearing and working part is 8:1. The aim of paper was assessed the quality of the joint between bearing and working part in dependence of pouring temperature and carbon concentration in cast steel. The quality of the joint in bimetallic layered castings was evaluated on the basis of ultrasonic non-destructive testing, structure and microhardness researches.

  4. National Metal Casting Research Institute final report. Volume 2, Die casting research

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    Jensen, D. [University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA (United States). Dept. of Industrial Technology] [comp.

    1994-06-01

    Four subprojects were completed: development and evaluation of die coatings, accelerated die life characterization of die materials, evaluation of fluid flow and solidification modeling programs, selection and characterization of Al-based die casting alloys, and influence of die materials and coatings on die casting quality.

  5. Quality analysis of the Al-Si-Cu alloy castings

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available The developed design methodologies both the material and technological ones will make it possible to improve shortly the quality of materials from the light alloys in the technological process, and the automatic process flow correction will make the production cost reduction possible, and - first of all - to reduce the amount of the waste products. Method was developed for analysis of the casting defects images obtained with the X-ray detector analysis of the elements made from the Al-Si-Cu alloys of the AC-AlSi7Cu3Mg type as well as the method for classification of casting defects using the artificial intelligence tools, including the neural networks; the developed method was implemented as software programs for quality control. Castings were analysed in the paper of car engine blocks and heads from the Al-Si-Cu alloys of the AC-AlSi7Cu3Mg type fabricated with the “Cosworth” technological process. The computer system, in which the artificial neural networks as well as the automatic image analysis methods were used makes automatic classification possible of defects occurring in castings from the Al-Si-Cu alloys, assisting and automating in this way the decisions about rejection of castings which do not meet the defined quality requirements, and therefore ensuring simultaneously the repeatability and objectivity of assessment of the metallurgical quality of these alloys.

  6. Influence of time of annealing on anneal hardening effect of a cast CuZn alloy

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    Nestorović Svetlana

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigated cast copper alloy containing 8at%Zn of a solute. For comparison parallel specimens made from cast pure copper. Copper and copper alloy were subjected to cold rolling with different a final reduction of 30,50 and 70%. The cold rolled copper and copper alloy samples were isochronally and isothermally annealed up to recrystallization temperature. After that the values of hardness, strength and electrical conductivity were measured and X-ray analysis was performed. These investigations show that anneal hardening effect at alloys was attained under recrystallization temperature in the temperature range of 180-3000C, followed with an increase in hardness. The amount of strengthening increase with increasing degree of prior cold work. Also the X-ray analysis show the change of lattice parameter during annealing when anneal hardening effect was attained.

  7. PERSPECTIVES OF MOLIBDENUM CONTAINING MATERIALS APPLICATION FOR ALLOYING OF IRONCARBON ALLOYS DURING MANUFACTURING OF CRITICAL CASTINGS

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    A. G. Slutsky

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Motor is one of most important part of automobile determine its economical effectiveness of usage. On the other hand, sleeves, pistons and rings are crucible parts as they determine the service life of a motor. These parts are producing in big scale – dozens of millions pieces. Increase of cylinder sleeves physical-mechanical properties results in prolongation of motor service life and improvement of motor’s characteristics. Nowadays low alloyed cast irons with perlite structure are used to manufacture motor’s sleeves. For alloying purposes such traditional elements as Cr, Ni, Cu, and V are applied. But it is interesting to use molybdenum for cast iron alloying. It is known that alloying of alloys allows considerable increasing of consumption properties of castings. But in spite of advantages of alloys alloying the increase of molybdenum containing iron-carbon alloys production is restricted by economical reasons – high cost of alloying additions. Expenditures on alloying additions can be reduced by the application cheap secondary alloys in the charge. So, the present paper is devoted to investigation of alloying peculiarities during the treatment of ferrous alloys with molybdenum applying different initial materials.

  8. Thermal Fatigue Behaviour of Co-Based Alloy Coating Obtained by Laser Surface Melt-Casting on High Temperature Alloy

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    2000-01-01

    A thermal fatigue behaviour of C o-based alloy coating obtained by laser surface melt-casting on the high tempe rature alloy GH33 was studied. The results show that after each time of thermal cycling, the final residual stress was formed in the melt-casting layer which is attributed to the thermal stress and structural stress. Through the first 50 times of thermal cycling, the morphology of coating still inherits the laser casting one, but the dendrites get bigger; After the second 50 times of thermal cycling, corrosion pits emerge from coating, and mostly in the places where coating and substrate meet. The fatigue damage type of coating belongs to stress corrosi on.

  9. Preparation of casting alloy ZL101 with coarse aluminum-silicon alloy

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    YOU Jing; WANG Yao-wu; FENG Nai-xiang; YANG Ming-sheng

    2008-01-01

    The coarse Al-Si alloy produced by carbothermal reduction of aluminous ore contains 55% Al, 25% Si and some impurities. The main impurities are slag and iron. The process of manufacturing casting Al-Si alloy ZL101 with the coarse Al-Si alloy was studied. The phase constitution and microstructure of the coarse Al-Si alloy, slag and ZL101 were examined by X-ray diffractometry and scanning electron microscopy. The results show that the content of silicon and iron in the casting alloy reduces with the increase of the dosage of purificant and manganese, but increases with the rise of filtering temperature. It is found that casting Al-Si alloy conforming to industrial standard can be produced after refining by using purificant, and removing iron by using manganese and added magnesium.

  10. Feeding and Distribution of Porosity in Cast Al-Si Alloys as Function of Alloy Composition and Modification

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    Tiedje, Niels Skat; Taylor, John A.; Easton, Mark A.

    2012-01-01

    Unmodified, Na-modified, and Sr-modified castings of Al-7 pct Si and Al-12.5 pct Si alloys were cast in molds in which it was possible to create different cooling conditions. It is shown how solidification influences the distribution of porosity at the surface and the center of the castings...... of the casting, while Sr-modified castings solidify in a mushy manner that creates a more homogeneous distribution of porosity in the casting. The amount of porosity was highest in the Sr-modified alloys, lower in the Na-modified alloys, and lowest in the unmodified alloys. The size of the porosity-free layer...

  11. Die Casting Mold Design for Aluminum Alloy Shell of Instrument

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    Li Yuanyuan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is about die casting mold design for aluminum alloy shell of instrument. Three-dimensional model of the casting and mold are designed by using Pro/Engineer and AutoCad which can analyze forming quality. Digital design and theoretical calculation can greatly shorten product development cycle and mold design cycle, improve the accuracy of product design and mold design, and reduce the cost of mold design.

  12. Thin wall ductile iron casting as a substitute for aluminum alloy casting in automotive industry

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    M. Górny

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In paper it is presented thin wall ductile iron casting (TWDI as a substitute of aluminium alloy casting. Upper control arm made of ductile iron with wall thickness ranging from 2 – 3.7 mm was produced by inmold process. Structure, mechanical properties and computer simulations were investigated. Structural analysis of TWDI shows pearlitic-ferritic matrix free from chills and porosity. Mechanical testing disclose superior ultimate tensile strength (Rm, yield strength (Rp0,2 and slightly lower elongation (E of TWDI in comparison with forged control arm made of aluminium alloy (6061-T6. Moreover results of computer simulation of static loading for tested control arms are presented. Analysis show that the light-weight ductile iron casting can be loaded to similar working conditions as the forged Al alloy without any potential failures.

  13. Preparation of cast aluminum alloy-mica particle composites

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    Deonath, MR.; Bhat, R. T.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    1980-01-01

    A method for making aluminum-mica particle composites is presented in which mica particles are stirred in molten aluminum alloys followed by casting in permanent molds. Magnesium is added either as an alloying element or in the form of pieces to the surface of the alloy melts to disperse up to 3 wt% mica powders in the melts and to obtain high recoveries of mica in the castings. The mechanical properties of the aluminum alloy-mica composite decrease with increasing mica content; however, even at 2.2% it has a tensile strength of 14.22 kg/sq mm with 1.1% elongation, a compression strength of 42.61 kg/sq mm, and an impact strength of 0.30 kgm/sq cm. Cryogenic and self-lubricating bearing are mentioned applications.

  14. Preparation of cast aluminum alloy-mica particle composites

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    Deonath, MR.; Bhat, R. T.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    1980-01-01

    A method for making aluminum-mica particle composites is presented in which mica particles are stirred in molten aluminum alloys followed by casting in permanent molds. Magnesium is added either as an alloying element or in the form of pieces to the surface of the alloy melts to disperse up to 3 wt% mica powders in the melts and to obtain high recoveries of mica in the castings. The mechanical properties of the aluminum alloy-mica composite decrease with increasing mica content; however, even at 2.2% it has a tensile strength of 14.22 kg/sq mm with 1.1% elongation, a compression strength of 42.61 kg/sq mm, and an impact strength of 0.30 kgm/sq cm. Cryogenic and self-lubricating bearing are mentioned applications.

  15. Formation of Structure and Properties in Casting Processes on the Example of AZ91 Magnesium Alloy

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    Augustyn B.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Contemporary materials engineering requires the use of materials characterised by high mechanical properties, as these precisely properties determine the choice of material for parts of machinery and equipment. Owing to these properties it is possible to reduce the weight and, consequently, the consumption of both material and energy. Trying to meet these expectations, the designers are increasingly looking for solutions in the application of magnesium alloys as materials offering a very beneficial strength-to-weight ratio. However, besides alloying elements, the properties are to a great extent shaped by the solidification conditions and related structure. The process of structure formation depends on the choice of casting method forced by the specific properties of casting or by the specific intended use of final product. The article presents a comparison of AZ91 magnesium alloys processed by different casting technologies. A short characteristic was offered for materials processed by the traditional semi-continuous casting process, which uses the solidification rates comprised in a range of 5 - 20°C/s, and for materials made in the process of Rapid Solidification, where the solidification rate can reach 106 °C/s. As a result of the casting process, a feedstock in the form of billets and thin strips was obtained and was subjected next to the process of plastic forming. The article presents the results of structural analysis of the final product. The mechanical properties of the ø7 mm extruded rods were also evaluated and compared.

  16. High speed twin roll caste for aluminum alloy thin strip

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    T. Haga

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In the present study, effectiveness of a high-speed twin roll caster for recycling aluminum alloy was investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The effects of the high-speed twin roll caster on alleviating the deterioration of mechanical properties by impurities were investigated. Properties of the cast strip were investigated by metalography, a tension test, and a bending test.Findings: A vertical type twin roll caster for strip casting of aluminum alloys was devised. The strip, which was thinner than 3 mm, could be cast at speeds higher than 60 m/min. Features of the twin roll casters are as below. Copper rolls were used and lubricant was not used in order to increase the casting speed. A casting nozzle was used to set the solidification length precisely. Heat transfer between melt and the roll was improved by hydrostatic pressure of the melt. Separating force was very small in order to prevent sticking of the strip to the roll. Low superheat casting was carried out in order to improve microstructure of the strip. In the present study, effectiveness of a high-speed and high-cooling rate twin roll caster of the present study for recycling aluminum alloy was investigated. Fe was added as impurity to 6063 and A356. The roll caster of the present study was useful to decrease the influence of impurity of Fe.Research limitations/implications: A high-speed twin roll caster of vertical type was designed and assembled to cast aluminum alloy thin strip.Originality/value: The results demonstrate that the high-speed twin roll caster can improve the deterioration by impurities.

  17. Material Properties of Various Cast Aluminum Alloys Made Using a Heated Mold Continuous Casting Technique with and without Ultrasonic Vibration

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    Mitsuhiro Okayasu

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This work was carried out to develop high-quality cast aluminum alloys using a new casting technology. For this purpose, commercial Al alloys were created by heated mold continuous casting (HMC with ultrasonic vibration (UV. With the HMC process, the grain size and the crystal orientation of the Al alloys were controlled, i.e., fine grains with a uniformly organized lattice formation. In addition, an attempt was made to modify the microstructural formation by cavitation. These microstructural characteristics made excellent mechanical properties. Using UV in the continuous casting process, more fine and spherical grains were slightly disordered, which was detected using electron backscattered diffraction. The mechanical properties of the UV HMC Al alloys were slightly higher than those for the related cast Al alloys without UV. Moreover, the severe vibration caused higher mechanical properties. The lattice and dislocation characteristics of the cast samples made with and without UV processes were analyzed systematically using electron backscattered diffraction.

  18. Thermodynamic Behavior Research Analysis of Twin-roll Casting Lead Alloy Strip Process

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    Jiang, Chengcan; Rui, Yannian

    2017-03-01

    The thermodynamic behavior of twin-roll casting (TRC) lead alloy strip process directly affects the forming of the lead strip, the quality of the lead strip and the production efficiency. However, there is little research on the thermodynamics of lead alloy strip at home and abroad. The TRC lead process is studied in four parameters: the pouring temperature of molten lead, the depth of molten pool, the roll casting speed, and the rolling thickness of continuous casting. Firstly, the thermodynamic model for TRC lead process is built. Secondly, the thermodynamic behavior of the TRC process is simulated with the use of Fluent. Through the thermodynamics research and analysis, the process parameters of cast rolling lead strip can be obtained: the pouring temperature of molten lead: 360-400 °C, the depth of molten pool: 250-300 mm, the roll casting speed: 2.5-3 m/min, the rolling thickness: 8-9 mm. Based on the above process parameters, the optimal parameters(the pouring temperature of molten lead: 375-390 °C, the depth of molten pool: 285-300 mm, the roll casting speed: 2.75-3 m/min, the rolling thickness: 8.5-9 mm) can be gained with the use of the orthogonal experiment. Finally, the engineering test of TRC lead alloy strip is carried out and the test proves the thermodynamic model is scientific, necessary and correct. In this paper, a detailed study on the thermodynamic behavior of lead alloy strip is carried out and the process parameters of lead strip forming are obtained through the research, which provide an effective theoretical guide for TRC lead alloy strip process.

  19. Carbide Transformations in Tempering of Complexly Alloyed White Cast Iron

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    Vdovin, K. N.; Gorlenko, D. A.; Zavalishchin, A. N.

    2015-07-01

    Variation of the chemical composition of all phases and structural components (metallic matrix, eutectic and secondary carbides) in complexly alloyed cast iron is studied after crystallization and different variants of tempering. It is shown that several groups of secondary carbides may be distinguished according to their morphology and chemical composition.

  20. INSULATING CERAMIC INSERTS FOR CASTING PRODUCTS FROM ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    2015-01-01

    The paper analyses production of reusable ceramic insulating inserts applied in permanent mold casting of aluminum alloys. It presents results of manufacturing of ceramic products from synthesized materials based on wollastonite, secondary grog, aluminum slag, etc. The paper demonstrates prospects of their applying.

  1. INSULATING CERAMIC INSERTS FOR CASTING PRODUCTS FROM ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    A. T. Volochko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyses production of reusable ceramic insulating inserts applied in permanent mold casting of aluminum alloys. It presents results of manufacturing of ceramic products from synthesized materials based on wollastonite, secondary grog, aluminum slag, etc. The paper demonstrates prospects of their applying.

  2. Geometrical product specifications heat-resistant cobalt cast alloy

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    Lyubimov V.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Geometrical product specification MAR-M509 cast cobalt alloy depend beginning temperature of multilayer ceramic shell moulds (MCS. It has found that go down temperature of MCS from 1000°C to 200°C, the increase surface roughness and its amplitude parameters: Sa, Sz, St, Sq, Sp and Sv.

  3. Gating system optimization of low pressure casting A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold based on numerical simulation

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    Jiang Wenming

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available To eliminate the shrinkage porosity in low pressure casting of an A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold casting, numerical simulation on filling and solidification processes of the casting was carried out using the ProCAST software. The gating system of the casting is optimized according to the simulation results. Results show that when the gating system consists of only one sprue, the filling of the molten metal is not stable; and the casting does not follow the sequence solidification, and many shrinkage porosities are observed through the casting. After the gating system is improved by adding one runner and two in-gates, the filling time is prolonged from 4.0 s to 4.5 s, the filling of molten metal becomes stable, but this casting does not follow the sequence solidification either. Some shrinkage porosity is also observed in the hot spots of the casting. When the gating system was further improved by adding risers and chill to the hot spots of the casting, the shrinkage porosity defects were eliminated completely. Finally, by using the optimized gating system the A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold casting with integrated shape and smooth surface as well as dense microstructure was successfully produced.

  4. Clean cast steel technology. Final report

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    Bates, C.E.; Griffin, J.A.

    1998-06-01

    This report documents the results obtained from the Clean Cast Steel Technology Program financially supported by the DOE Metal Casting Competitiveness Research Program and industry. The primary objective of this program is to develop technology for delivering steel free of oxide macroinclusions to mold cavities. The overall objective is to improve the quality of cast steel by developing and demonstrating the technology for substantially reducing surface and sub-surface oxide inclusions. Two approaches are discussed here. A total of 23 castings were produced by submerge pouring along with sixty conventionally poured castings. The submerged poured castings contained, on average, 96% fewer observable surface inclusions (11.9 vs 0.4) compared to the conventionally poured cast parts. The variation in the population of surface inclusions also decreased by 88% from 5.5 to 0.7. The machinability of the casting was also improved by submerged pouring. The submerge poured castings required fewer cutting tool changes and less operator intervention during machining. Subsequent to these trials, the foundry has decided to purchase more shrouds for continued experimentation on other problem castings where submerge pouring is possible. An examination of melting and pouring practices in four foundries has been carried out. Three of the four foundries showed significant improvement in casting quality by manipulating the melting practice. These melting practice variables can be grouped into two separate categories. The first category is the pouring and filling practice. The second category concerns the concentration of oxidizable elements contained in the steel. Silicon, manganese, and aluminum concentrations were important factors in all four foundries. Clean heats can consistently be produced through improved melting practice and reducing exposure of the steel to atmospheric oxygen during pouring and filling.

  5. Microstructural and Statistical Study of Semisolid Casting of 6061 Alloy Using a Miniature Cooling Slope

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    Hajihashemi, Mahdi; Niroumand, Behzad; Shamanian, Morteza

    2014-10-01

    Preparation of metallic semisolid slurries using the cooling slope method is increasingly becoming popular because of the simplicity of design and control of the process. Microstructural features of the resultant semisolid castings such as size and sphericity of the primary particles are affected by several processing parameters such as pouring rate, cooling slope surface angle and length as well as the melt superheat. In this work, a miniature cooling slope for semisolid casting of small parts was built and attempts were made to develop an empirical relationship showing the correlation between the sphericity of the microstructure of semisolid cast 6061-aluminum alloy and the processing variables. The relationships were developed by a two-level factorial method. The results showed that the interaction of cooling slope length and pouring rate factors had the most effect on the sphericity of the final semisolid cast microstructure.

  6. Mechanical properties of cast Ti-Hf alloys.

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    Sato, Hideki; Kikuchi, Masafumi; Komatsu, Masashi; Okuno, Osamu; Okabe, Toru

    2005-02-15

    This study examined the mechanical properties of a series of Ti-Hf alloys. Titanium alloys with 10 to 40 mass % Hf were made with titanium and hafnium sponge in an argon-arc melting furnace. Specimens cast into magnesia-based investment molds were tested for yield strength, tensile strength, percentage elongation, and modulus of elasticity. Vickers microhardness was determined at 25 to 600 microm from the cast surface. X-ray diffractometry was also performed. Commercially pure Ti (CP Ti) and pure Ti prepared from titanium sponge were used as controls. The data (n = 5) were analyzed with a one-way ANOVA and the Student-Newman-Keuls test (alpha = 0.05). The diffraction peaks of all the metals matched those for alpha Ti; no beta phase peaks were found. Alloys with Hf > or = 25% had significantly (p 0.05) in elongation among all the Ti-Hf alloys and CP Ti, whereas the elongation of alloys with Hf > or = 30% was significantly (p alloys tested can be considered viable alternatives to CP Ti because they were stronger than CP Ti and had similar elongation.

  7. Prediction of as-cast grain size of inoculated aluminum alloys melt solidified under non-isothermal conditions

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    Du, Qiang; Li, Yanjun

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, a multi-scale as-cast grain size prediction model is proposed to predict as-cast grain size of inoculated aluminum alloys melt solidified under non-isothermal condition, i.e., the existence of temperature gradient. Given melt composition, inoculation and heat extraction boundary conditions, the model is able to predict maximum nucleation undercooling, cooling curve, primary phase solidification path and final as-cast grain size of binary alloys. The proposed model has been applied to two Al-Mg alloys, and comparison with laboratory and industrial solidification experimental results have been carried out. The preliminary conclusion is that the proposed model is a promising suitable microscopic model used within the multi-scale casting simulation modelling framework.

  8. Cast aluminum alloys containing dispersions of zircon particles

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    Banerji, A.; Surappa, M. K.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    1983-06-01

    A process for preparing Al-alloy castings containing dispersions of zircon particles is described. Composites were prepared by stirring zircon particles (40 to 200 µm size) in commercially pure Al (99.5 pct)* and Al-11.8 pct Si melts and subsequently casting these melts in permanent molds. It was found to be necessary to alloy the above two melts with 3 pct Mg to disperse substantial amounts of zircon particles (25 to 30 pct). Further, it was possible to disperse up to 60 wt pct zircon by adding up to 5 pct Mg; however, the melts containing above 30 wt pct zircon showed insufficient fluidity for gravity diecasting and had to be pressure diecast. Microstructural studies of cast composites indicated the presence of a reaction zone at the periphery of zircon particles, and electron probe microanalysis showed concentrations of Mg and Si at the particle-matrix interface. Hardness, abrasive wear resistance, elastic modulus, 0.2 pct proof stress, and tensile strength of cast Al-3 pct Mg alloy were found to improve with the dispersions of zircon particles. Scanning electron micrographs of abraded and fractured surfaces did not show any evidence of particle pull-outs or voids at the particle matrix interface, indicating strong continuous bonding.

  9. Identification of a cast iron alloy containing nonstrategic elements

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    Cooper, C. V.; Anton, D. L.; Lemkey, F. D.; Nowotny, H.; Bailey, R. S.; Favrow, L. H.; Smeggil, J. G.; Snow, D. B.

    1989-01-01

    A program was performed to address the mechanical and environmental needs of Stirling engine heater head and regenerator housing components, while reducing the dependence on strategic materials. An alloy was developed which contained no strategic elemental additions per se. The base is iron with additions of manganese, molybdenum, carbon, silicon, niobium, and ferro-chromium. Such an alloy should be producible on a large scale at very low cost. The resulting alloy, designated as NASAUT 4G-Al, contained 15 Mn, 15 Cr, 2 Mo, 1.5 C, 1.0 Si, 1.0 Nb (in weight percent) with a balance of Fe. This alloy was optimized for chemistry, based upon tensile strength, creep-rupture strength, fracture behavior, and fatigue resistance up to 800 C. Alloys were also tested for environmental compatibility. The microstructure and mechanic properties (including hardness) were assessed in the as-cast condition and following several heat treatments, including one designed to simulate a required braze cycle. The alloy was fabricated and characterized in the form of both equiaxed and columnar-grained castings. The columnar grains were produced by directional solidification, and the properties were characterized in both the longitudinal and transverse orientations. The NASAUT 4G-Al alloy was found to be good in cyclic-oxidation resistance and excellent in both hydrogen and hot-corrosion resistance, especially in comparison to the baseline XF-818 alloy. The mechanical properties of yield strength, stress-rupture life, high-cycle-fatigue resistance, and low-cycle-fatigue resistance were good to excellent in comparison to the current alloy for this application, HS-31 (X-40), with precise results depending in a complex manner on grain orientation and temperature. If required, the ductility could be improved by lowering the carbon content.

  10. The Structure of the Silumin Coat on Alloy Cast Steels

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    T. Szymczak

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The work presents the analysis results of the structure of the coat obtained by dipping in silumin AlSi5 of two grades of alloy cast steel: GX6CrNiTi18-10 (LH18N9T and GX39Cr13 (LH14. The temperature of the silumin bath was 750±5°C, and the hold-up time of the cast steel element τ = 180 s. The absolute thickness of the coat obtained in the given conditions was g = 104 μm on cast steel GX6CrNiTi18-10 and g = 132 μm on GX39Cr13. The obtained coat consisted of three layers of different phase structure. The first layer from the base “g1`” was constructed of the phase AlFe including Si and alloy additives of the tested cast steel grades: Cr and Ni (GX6CrNiTi18-10 and Cr (GX39Cr13. The second layer “g1``” of intermetallic phases AlFe which also contains Si and Cr crystallizes on it. The last, external layer “g2” of the coat consists of the silumin containing the intermetallic phases AlFeSi which additionally can contain alloy additives of the cast steel. It was shown that there were no carbides on the coat of the tested cast steels which are the component of their microstructure, as it took place in the case of the coat on the high speed steels.

  11. A Research on Investment Casting Technology of Ti Alloys

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    2000-01-01

    In this research, the materials and the compositions of the surface slurries were chosen by considering the characteristics of Ti investment casting. The effects of solid-liquid ratios on the properties of the slurry and the effects of baking temperatures on the flexural strength have also been investigated. Flawless shells having smooth inner surface were manufactured with proper technology. Ti and its alloys were melted and poured by water-cooled Cu crucible vacuum induction furnace. The qualities of the investment castings made accordingly were studied and analyzed.

  12. Thermodynamic Modeling as a Strategy for Casting High Alloy Steels

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    Peri Reddy V; S Raman Sankaranarayanan

    2009-01-01

    Strategies based on thermodynamic calculations can be used to overcome the problems associated with oxides encountered in steel plant operations, which can lead to certain difficulties in the process such as clogging of submerged entry nozzle during continuous casting. Approaches to producing high alloy steels by continuous casting have been taken. One of the strategies to avoid the oxidation of chromium is to add a small amount of other elements (subject to other constraints), which do not cause subsequent problems. The problem has been studied using the Thermo-CalcR software, with related databases; and the results obtained for different process conditions or generic com-positions have been presented.

  13. Application of a criterion for cold cracking to casting high strength aluminum alloys

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    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D.G.; Fjaer, H.G.; Ten Cate, A.; Ontijt, N.; Katgerman, L.

    2010-01-01

    Direct chill (DC) casting of high strength 7xxx series aluminium alloys is difficult mainly due to solidification cracking (hot cracks) and solid state cracking (cold cracks). Poor thermal properties along with extreme brittleness in the as-cast condition make DC-casting of such alloys a challenging

  14. Application of a criterion for cold cracking to casting high strength aluminum alloys

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    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D.G.; Fjaer, H.G.; Ten Cate, A.; Ontijt, N.; Katgerman, L.

    2010-01-01

    Direct chill (DC) casting of high strength 7xxx series aluminium alloys is difficult mainly due to solidification cracking (hot cracks) and solid state cracking (cold cracks). Poor thermal properties along with extreme brittleness in the as-cast condition make DC-casting of such alloys a challenging

  15. Optimization of Squeeze Casting for Aluminum Alloy Parts

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    David Schwam; John F. Wallace; Qingming Chang; Yulong Zhu

    2002-07-30

    This study was initiated with the installation of a new production size UBE 350 Ton VSC Squeeze Casting system in the Metal Casting Laboratory at Case Western University. A Lindberg 75k W electrical melting furnace was installed alongside. The challenge of installation and operation of such industrial-size equipment in an academic environment was met successfully. Subsequently, a Sterling oil die heater and a Visi-Track shot monitoring system were added. A significant number of inserts were designed and fabricated over the span of the project, primarily for squeeze casting different configurations of test bars and plates. A spiral ''ribbon insert'' for evaluation of molten metal fluidity was also fabricated. These inserts were used to generate a broad range of processing conditions and determine their effect on the quality of the squeeze cast parts. This investigation has studied the influence of the various casting variables on the quality of indirect squeeze castings primarily of aluminum alloys. The variables studied include gating design, fill time and fill patter, metal pressure and die temperature variations. The quality of the die casting was assessed by an analysis of both their surface condition and internal soundness. The primary metal tested was an aluminum 356 alloy. In addition to determining the effect of these casting variables on casting quality as measured by a flat plate die of various thickness, a number of test bar inserts with different gating designs have been inserted in the squeeze casting machine. The mechanical properties of these test bars produced under different squeeze casting conditions were measured and reported. The investigation of the resulting properties also included an analysis of the microstructure of the squeeze castings and the effect of the various structural constituents on the resulting properties. The main conclusions from this investigation are as follows: The ingate size and shape are very important

  16. Influence of rotational speed of centrifugal casting process on appearance, microstructure, and sliding wear behaviour of Al-2Si cast alloy

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    Mukunda, P. G.; Shailesh, Rao A.; Rao, Shrikantha S.

    2010-02-01

    Although the manner in which the molten metal flows plays a major role in the formation of the uniform cylinder in centrifugal casting, not much information is available on this topic. The flow in the molten metal differs at various rotational speeds, which in turn affects the final casting. In this paper, the influence of the flow of molten metal of hyper eutectic Al-2Si alloys at various rotational speeds is discussed. At an optimum speed of 800 rpm, a uniform cylinder was formed. For the rotational speeds below and above these speeds, an irregular shaped casting was formed, which is mainly due to the influence of melt. Primary á-Al particles were formed in the tube periphery at low rotational speed, and their sizes and shapes were altered with changes in rotational speeds. The wear test for the inner surface of the casting showed better wear properties for the casting prepared at the optimum speed of rotation.

  17. Numerical simulation of continuous roll-casting process of aluminum alloy

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    XIE Shui-sheng; YANG Hao-qiang; HUANG Guo-jie

    2006-01-01

    In order to improve the strip quality of continuous roll-casting process (CRP) of aluminum alloy, the investigations of the flow behavior within the metal pool, the heat transfer condition between roll and strip, the pouring temperature of molten alloy, the roll-casting speed and the control of the position of solidification final point are important. The finite volume method was applied to the analysis of the continuous roll-casting process. A two-dimensional incompressible non-Newtonian fluid flow with heat transfer was considered, which was described by the continuity equation, the Navier-Stokes equation and the energy equation. With this mathematical model, the flow patterns, temperature fields and solid fraction distributions in the metal pool between two rolls were simulated. From the calculated results, the effects of technical parameters to the position of solidification final point are obtained.The simulated results show that the roll-casting speed and pouring temperature have an enormous effect on the temperature distribution and the position of solidification final point.

  18. Influence of degree of deformation in rolling on anneal hardening effect of a cast copper alloy

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    Svetlana Nestorovic; Desimir Markovic; Ljubica Ivanic

    2003-10-01

    This paper reports results of investigations carried out on a cast copper alloy containing 8 at.% Al. The alloy, and pure copper for the sake of comparison, were subjected to cold rolling with a final reduction of 30, 50 or 70%. The cold rolled copper and copper alloy samples were isochronally and isothermally annealed up to the recrystallization temperature. The hardness, strength and electrical conductivity were measured and X-ray and DSC analyses performed. Anneal hardening effect was observed in the alloy in the temperature range 180–300°C, followed by an increase in the electrical conductivity. The amount of strengthening increases with increasing degree of prior cold work. The X-ray analysis shows a change in the lattice parameter during annealing when anneal hardening effect was observed. The DSC analysis shows the exothermic character of this effect.

  19. Description Of Alloy Layer Formation On A Cast Steel Substrate

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    Szajnar J.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A description of alloy layer formation on a steel substrate is presented. Two types of formation are considered: diffusion of carbon and chromium into the solid from the pad in the direction of the cast steel within the FeCrC (grains and diffusion in a layer of liquid chromium cast iron formed in a preceding step. The influence of silicon in the pad on the pad’s transformation into the liquid is also examined. Solidus and liquidus temperatures of high carbon ferrochromium are determined. The larger the content of Si is used in the experiment, the lower the solidus temperature of the FeCrC alloy is observed. This results from the higher intensity of the elements’ diffusion and faster formation of the liquid.

  20. Development of Titanium Alloy Casting Technology

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    1976-08-01

    Tensile Property Evaluacions 34 3.1.4.4 Microstructural Evaluation 35 3.1.5 Task IiT - investigations 37 3.1.5.1 Alloy Selections 38 3.1.5.2 Tensile...ganic sintering aids (CaO, SiO 2 , etc.) for integrating the lower reactivity ceramics (Y203, ThO2, HREMO, etc.) into the mold fabrication process

  1. Impact properties of zinc die cast alloys

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    Schrems, Karol K.; Dogan, Omer N.; Manahan, M.P. (MPM Technologies, Inc.); Goodwin, F.E. (ILZRO)

    2005-01-01

    Alloys 3, 5, AcuZinc 5, and ZA-8 were tested at five temperatures between -40 C and room temperature to determine impact properties. Izod impact energy data was obtained in accordance with ASTM D256. Unlike ASTM E23, these samples were tested with a milled notch in order to compare with plastic samples. In addition, flexural data was obtained for design use.

  2. Development of cast ferrous alloys for Stirling engine application

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    Lemkey, F. D.

    1982-01-01

    Low cost cast ferrous base alloys that can be used for cylinder and regenerator housing components of the Stirling engine were investigated. The alloys must meet the requirements of high strength and thermal fatigue resistance to approximately 1500 F, compatibility and low permeability with hydrogen, good elevated temperature oxidation/corrosion resistance, and contain a minimum of strategic elements. The phase constituents of over twenty alloy iterations were examined by X-ray diffraction. These alloy candidates were further screened for their tensile and stress rupture strength and surface stability in air at 1450 and 1600 F, respectively. Two alloys, NASAUT 1G (Fe-10Mn-20Cr-1.5C-1.0Si) and NASAUT 4G (Fe-15Mn-12Cr-3Mo-1.5C-1.0Si-1.0Nb), were chosen for more extensive elevated temperature testing. These alloys were found to exhibit nearly equivalent elevated temperature creep strength and oxidation resistance. Silicon present in these alloys at the 1 w/o level permitted the achievement of oxide scale adherence to 1600 F without loss of strength (or ductility) as was noted for equivalent additions of aluminum.

  3. Electrochemical behavior of cast Ti-Ag alloys.

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    Takahashi, Masatoshi; Kikuchi, Masafumi; Takadai, Yukyo; Okabe, Toru; Okuno, Osamu

    2006-09-01

    Anodic polarization tests were performed in 0.9% NaCl and 1% lactic acid solutions to characterize the relationship between the corrosion behavior and the microstructures of cast Ti-Ag (5-40% Ag) alloys. The anodic polarization curves for the Ti-Ag alloys up to 17.5% Ag were similar to those for pure titanium in both solutions. On the other hand, an abrupt increase in the current density was observed for the alloys with more than 20% Ag in the NaCl solution and with more than 27.5% Ag in the lactic acid solution. The microstructures of the corroded alloy surfaces indicated the deterioration of precipitated intermetallic compounds along the grain boundaries. The Ti-Ag alloys up to 17.5% Ag had excellent corrosion resistance similar to that of pure titanium. The alloys with 20-25% Ag may be also used as dental alloys, since they passivated again immediately after preferential dissolution in the NaCl solution.

  4. Development of cast ferrous alloys for Stirling engine application

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    Lemkey, F. D.

    1982-01-01

    Low cost cast ferrous base alloys that can be used for cylinder and regenerator housing components of the Stirling engine were investigated. The alloys must meet the requirements of high strength and thermal fatigue resistance to approximately 1500 F, compatibility and low permeability with hydrogen, good elevated temperature oxidation/corrosion resistance, and contain a minimum of strategic elements. The phase constituents of over twenty alloy iterations were examined by X-ray diffraction. These alloy candidates were further screened for their tensile and stress rupture strength and surface stability in air at 1450 and 1600 F, respectively. Two alloys, NASAUT 1G (Fe-10Mn-20Cr-1.5C-1.0Si) and NASAUT 4G (Fe-15Mn-12Cr-3Mo-1.5C-1.0Si-1.0Nb), were chosen for more extensive elevated temperature testing. These alloys were found to exhibit nearly equivalent elevated temperature creep strength and oxidation resistance. Silicon present in these alloys at the 1 w/o level permitted the achievement of oxide scale adherence to 1600 F without loss of strength (or ductility) as was noted for equivalent additions of aluminum.

  5. Effect of magnesium content on the semi solid cast microstructure of hypereutectic aluminum-silicon alloys

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    Hekmat-Ardakan, Alireza

    2009-12-01

    out. The results are in good agreement with the FACTSAGE results confirming the reduction of eutectic formation temperature with addition of Mg up to 4.2% and nearly the same temperature for 6 and 10% Mg alloys. Finally, the hardness of the A390 and the 6 and 10% Mg alloys was evaluated for conventionally cast samples and after T6 heat treatment. As expected, the high Mg content alloys showed higher hardness values compared to the A390 alloy. This is a significant finding because A390 is used in high wear resistance applications at medium or elevated temperature. Therefore, the A390 alloy with higher Mg addition can improve the wear resistance of this alloy. The reason for the increased in hardness of Mg can be attributed to the modification of eutectic silicon in the matrix, the presence of eutectic Mg2 Si in the matrix as well as the increase of solid fraction of primary phases from 6.1% for A390 to 12.2% for the 10% Mg alloy. The T6 heat treatment increased the value of hardness for all samples. However, contrary to the as-cast samples, the hardness of A390 alloy in T6 condition shows higher increase than the high Mg alloys. This phenomenon can be attributed to the precipitation hardening of alpha-Al phase during the heat treatment. Since the matrix of A390 consists of more alpha-Al phase when compared to the high Mg content alloys, the increases in hardness of A390 alloy is more significant.

  6. Effect of casting parameters and deformation on microstructure evolution of twin-roll casting magnesium alloy AZ31

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    JU Dong-ying; HU Xiao-dong

    2006-01-01

    Twin roll casting method is a promising route to directly produce magnesium alloy strip. It is a rapid solidification process with high temperature gradient combined with thermal flow and rolling deformation in the casting region. As-cast strip with proper microstructure is requested to serve as next rolling feedstock. However the microstructure of as-cast strip is sensitive for casting conditions during the casting process and the as-cast microstructure greatly affects the mechanical properties. In this work,the effect of casting speed,pouring temperature,deformation as well as anneal process on microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated. The results revels that twin-roll casting process can effectively refine the grain size,improve the morphology and distribution states of Mg17Al12. The homogenization treatment time can be shorted for the fine microstructure and lower the cost dramatically for the next forming process.

  7. Casting Accuracy of Base-Metal Alloys,

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    1981-06-22

    Journal of Prosthodontic Dentistry I.I. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES ".KL... prosthodontics ; however, the inabilitv to fabricate consistently well fitting fixed prostheses from base-metal alloysS- 7 limit tihe routine use of these...q4- 0 A sm 0 cm CAb F -rr-- I............ 0< Loa,,.’..’ . .- . ... CI w~ cc~ 0 00 (0 Iq on 0 D 0M 0J 004 0 0a .~ .D ....... L .......... (%l) AovdlDov LDNIISV2D 0 Jic r,4wC 0JLL 0 0000 0 co to (%l) ADv /nflDDv cDNIiSVD

  8. Refinement and fracture mechanisms of as-cast QT700-6 alloy by alloying method

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    Full Text Available The as-cast QT700-6 alloy was synthesized with addition of a certain amount of copper, nickel, niobium and stannum elements by alloying method in a medium frequency induction furnace, aiming at improving its strength and toughness. Microstructures of the as-cast QT700-6 alloy were observed using a scanning-electron microscope (SEM and the mechanical properties were investigated using a universal tensile test machine. Results indicate that the ratio of pearlite/ferrite is about 9:1 and the graphite size is less than 40 μm in diameter in the as-cast QT700-6 alloy. The predominant refinement mechanism is attributed to the formation of niobium carbides, which increases the heterogeneous nucleus and hinders the growth of graphite. Meanwhile, niobium carbides also exist around the grain boundaries, which improve the strength of the ductile iron. The tensile strength and elongation of the as-cast QT700-6 alloy reach over 700 MPa and 6%, respectively, when the addition amount of niobium is 0.8%. The addition of copper and nickel elements contributed to the decrease of eutectoid transformation temperature, resulting in the decrease of pearlite lamellar spacing (about 248 nm, which is also beneficial to enhancing the tensile strength. The main fracture mechanism is cleavage fracture with the appearance of a small amount of dimples.

  9. Microstructures of electromagnetic casting and direct chill casting LY12 aluminum alloys

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    曹志强; 金俊泽; 郝海; 贾非

    2003-01-01

    LY12 aluminum alloys made by electromagnetic casting (EMC) and direct chill casting (DCC), were analyzed by optical microscope, differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction. It is found that the surface and subsurface quality of the ingot is improved largely due to the absence of an ingot mold, which is impossible to achieve with conventional DCC. It is also found that the intense forced convection can promote the fast superheat evacuation and break the dendrite arms, leading to the grain multiplication and the appearance of a fine equiaxed grains over the whole cross section. As a result, the hardness of EMC specimens increases one time than that from DCC in the as-cast state. Even though after the solid solution treatment and the artificial aging, the DCC ingot still can not get the same hardness as EMC ones.

  10. Characterization of Ni–Cr alloys using different casting techniques and molds

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    Chen, Wen-Cheng, E-mail: wencchen@fcu.edu.tw [Advanced Medical Devices and Composites Laboratory, Department of Fiber and Composite Materials, College of Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taichung 40724, Taiwan (China); Teng, Fu-Yuan [Department of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, Kaohsiung 802, Taiwan (China); School of Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China); Hung, Chun-Cheng [School of Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China); Department of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China)

    2014-02-01

    This study differentiated the mechanical properties of nickel–chromium (Ni–Cr) alloys under various casting techniques (different casting molds and casting atmospheres). These techniques were sampled by a sand mold using a centrifugal machine in ambient air (group I) and electromagnetic induction in an automatic argon castimatic casting machine (group II). The specimen casting used a graphite mold by a castimatic casting machine (group III). The characteristics of the Ni–Cr alloys, yield and ultimate tensile strength, bending modulus, microhardness, diffraction phase, grindability, ability to spring back, as well as ground microstructure and pattern under different casting conditions were evaluated. The group III specimens exhibited the highest values in terms of strength, modulus, hardness, and grindability at a grind rate of 500 rpm. Moreover, group III alloys exhibited smaller grain sizes, higher ability to spring back, and greater ductility than those casted by sand investment (groups I and II). The main factor, “casting mold,” significantly influenced all mechanical properties. The graphite mold casting of the Ni–Cr dental alloys in a controlled atmosphere argon casting system provided an excellent combination of high mechanical properties and good ability to spring back, and preserved the ductile properties for application in Ni–Cr porcelain-fused system. The results can offer recommendations to assist a prosthetic technician in selecting the appropriate casting techniques to obtain the desired alloy properties. - Highlights: • Properties of Ni–Cr alloys using various casting techniques are characterized. • Alloys cast by graphite mold exhibited higher recovery angle and more ductility. • Alloys cast by graphite mold exhibited higher strength and grinding rate. • Alloys in this study increase operative room to adjust the precision for prosthesis.

  11. A Study of the Oscillation Marks' Characteristics of Continuously Cast Incoloy Alloy 825 Blooms

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    Saleem, Saud; Vynnycky, Michael; Fredriksson, Hasse

    2016-08-01

    A comprehensive experimental study of oscillation mark (OM) formation and its characteristics during the solidification of Incoloy alloy 825 in the continuous casting of blooms is investigated by plant trials and metallographic study. The experiments involved two heats with the same casting and mold conditions and sampling at different locations across the strand. The metallographic study combined macro/micro-examinations of OMs and segregation analysis of Cr, Mn, Mo, Ni, and Si by microprobe analysis. The results show that OMs have widely different characteristics, such as mark type, depth, segregation, and accompanying microstructure. Furthermore, the mark pitch can vary considerably even for the similar casting conditions, leading to different conditions for the marks' formation in relation to the mold's cyclic movement. Finally, a mechanism for the OM formation is discussed and proposed. Possible solutions for minimizing the observed defects by optimizing the mold conditions are suggested.

  12. Influence of Casting Conditions on Tribological Properties of A390.0 Alloy

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    The paper presents tribological properties of A390.0 (AlSi17Cu5Mg) alloy coupled in abrasive action with EN-GJL-350 grey cast-iron. The silumin was prepared with the use of two different technologies which differed in terms of cooling speed. In the first case the alloy was modified with foundry alloy CuP10 and cast to a standard tester ATD and in case of second option the modified alloy was cast into steel casting die. Due to different speed of heat removal the silumins varied in structure, p...

  13. Processing Technology and Mechanical Properties of Die-Cast Magnesium Alloy AZ91D

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    LIU Yan'gai(刘艳改); LIU Wenhui(刘文辉); XIONG Shoumei(熊守美); LIU Baicheng(柳百成); Wang Gang (王罡); MATSUMOTO Yoshihide; MURAKAMI Masayuki

    2004-01-01

    The mechanical properties of magnesium die-casting components can be improved with improved die-casting processing technology. An orthogonal experiment with four factors and three levels (Lq, 34) was used to evaluate the effect of various die-casting processing parameters on the quality and mechanical properties of an AZ91D magnesium alloy cylinder head cover component. The results show that the injection speed and casting and die temperatures all influence the component quality, with the influence of the casting pressure being the smallest. The injection speed and casting pressure are the two most important factors influencing the tensile strength. The best die-casting parameters for the magnesium alloy cylinder head cover component were determined to be a casting temperature of 660℃, a die temperature of 200℃, an injection speed of 70 ms(1, and a casting pressure of 65 MPa. The porosity is one of the most important parameters influencing the casting strength.

  14. The Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Modeling of the Horizontal Single Belt Casting (HSBC) Processing of Al-Mg-Sc-Zr Alloy Strips

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    Ge, S.; Isac, M.; Guthrie, R. I. L.

    2015-10-01

    Al-Mg-Sc-Zr alloys have shown exceptional potential as structural materials for transportation applications. These alloys have proved to be good candidates to be processed as thin strips via the horizontal single belt casting (HSBC) process. The HSBC process is a near-net-shape casting technology, which involves casting molten metal directly into thin strips, close to the final product thickness, at higher cooling rates than conventional continuous casting and thin-slab casting processes. It offers an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly approach to the production of metal strips. Fluid mechanics and associated heat transfer are important aspects of any casting process, and the novel HSBC process is no exception. Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulations using ANSYS FLUENT 14.5 were performed, in order to assess the importance and effects of the various operational conditions of the HSBC process. This enabled process parameter optimization. Numerical predictions were validated against experimental casting results.

  15. Evaluation of Cracking Causes of AlSi5Cu3 Alloy Castings

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Recently, the castings made from aluminum-silicon alloys by pressure die casting are increasingly used in the automotive industry. In practice, on these castings are high demands, mainly demands on quality of their structure, operating life and safety ensuring of their utilization. The AlSi5Cu3 alloy castings are widely used for production of car components. After the prescribed tests, the cracks and low mechanical properties have been identified for several castings of this alloy, which were produced by low pressure casting into a metal mould and subsequent they were heat treated. Therefore, analyses of the castings were realized to determine the causes of these defects. Evaluation of structure of the AlSi5Cu3 alloy and causes of failure were the subjects of investigation presented in this article.

  16. Microstructures of ancient and modern cast silver–copper alloys

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    Northover, S.M., E-mail: s.m.northover@open.ac.uk [Materials Engineering, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Northover, J.P., E-mail: peter.northover@materials.ox.ac.uk [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PH,UK (United Kingdom)

    2014-04-01

    The microstructures of modern cast Sterling silver and of cast silver objects about 2500 years old have been compared using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Microstructures of both ancient and modern alloys were typified by silver-rich dendrites with a few pools of eutectic and occasional cuprite particles with an oxidised rim on the outer surface. EBSD showed the dendrites to have a complex internal structure, often involving extensive twinning. There was copious intragranular precipitation within the dendrites, in the form of very fine copper-rich rods which TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM and STEM suggest to be of a metastable face-centred-cubic (FCC) phase with a cube–cube orientation relationship to the silver-rich matrix but a higher silver content than the copper-rich β in the eutectic. Samples from ancient objects displayed a wider range of microstructures including a fine scale interpenetration of the adjoining grains not seen in the modern material. Although this study found no unambiguous evidence that this resulted from microstructural change produced over archaeological time, the copper supersaturation remaining after intragranular precipitation suggests that such changes, previously proposed for wrought and annealed material, may indeed occur in ancient silver castings. - Highlights: • Similar twinned structures and oxidised surfaces seen in ancient and modern cast silver • General precipitation of fine Cu-rich rods apparently formed by discontinuous precipitation is characteristic of as-cast silver. • The fine rods are cube-cube related to the matrix in contrast with the eutectic. • The silver-rich phase remains supersaturated with copper. • Possibly age-related grain boundary features seen in ancient cast silver.

  17. Electromagnetic continuous casting project: Final report

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    Battles, J.E.; Rote, D.M.; Misra, B.; Praeg, W.F.; Hull, J.R.; Turner, L.R.; Shah, V.L.; Lari, R.J.; Gopalsami, N.; Wiencek, T.

    1988-10-01

    This report describes the work on development of an electromagnetic casting process for steel, which was carried out at Argonne National Laboratory between January 1985 and December 1987. This effort was concerned principally with analysis and design work on magnet technology, liquid metal feed system, coolant system, and sensors and process controllers. Experimentation primarily involved (1) electromagnetic studies to determine the conditions and controlling parameters for stable levitation and (2) feed-system studies to establish important parameters that control and influence fluid flow from the liquid metal source to the caster. 73 refs., 91 figs., 11 tabs.

  18. Low Cost Al-Si Casting Alloy As In-Situ Composite for High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2000-01-01

    A new aluminum-silicon (Al-Si) alloy has been successfully developed at NASA- Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) that has significant improvement in tensile and fatigue strength at elevated temperatures (500 F-700 F). The alloy offers a number of benefits such as light weight, high hardness, low thermal expansion and high surface wear resistance. In hypereutectic form, this alloy is considered as an in-situ Al-Si composite with tensile strength of about 90% higher than the auto industry 390 alloy at 600 F. This composite is very economically produced by using either conventional permanent steel molds or die casting. The projected material cost is less than $0.90 per pound, and automotive components such as pistons can be cast for high production rate using conventional casting techniques with a low and fully accounted cost. Key Words: Metal matrix composites, In-situ composite, aluminum-silicon alloy, hypereutectic alloy, permanent mold casting, die casting.

  19. Corrosion behaviour of powder metallurgical and cast Al-Zn-Mg base alloys

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    Sameljuk, A.V.; Neikov, O.D.; Krajnikov, A.V.; Milman, Yu.V.; Thompson, G.E

    2004-01-01

    The behaviour of Al-Zn-Mg base alloys produced by powder metallurgy and casting has been studied using potentiodynamic polarisation in 0.3% and 3% NaCl solutions. The influence of alloy production route on microstructure has been examined by scanning electron microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry. An improvement in performance of powder metallurgy (PM) materials, compared with the cast alloy, was evident in solutions of low chloride concentration; less striking differences were revealed in high chloride concentration. Both powder metallurgy and cast alloys show two main types of precipitates, which were identified as Zn-Mg and Zr-Sc base intermetallic phases. The microstructure of the PM alloys is refined compared with the cast material, which assists understanding of the corrosion performance. The corrosion process commences with dissolution of the Zn-Mg base phases, with the relatively coarse phases present in the cast alloy showing ready development of corrosion.

  20. Influence of S. mutans on base-metal dental casting alloy toxicity.

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    McGinley, E L; Dowling, A H; Moran, G P; Fleming, G J P

    2013-01-01

    We have highlighted that exposure of base-metal dental casting alloys to the acidogenic bacterium Streptococcus mutans significantly increases cellular toxicity following exposure to immortalized human TR146 oral keratinocytes. With Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), S. mutans-treated nickel-based (Ni-based) and cobalt-chromium-based (Co-Cr-based) dental casting alloys were shown to leach elevated levels of metal ions compared with untreated dental casting alloys. We targeted several biological parameters: cell morphology, viable cell counts, cell metabolic activity, cell toxicity, and inflammatory cytokine expression. S. mutans-treated dental casting alloys disrupted cell morphology, elicited significantly decreased viable cell counts (p S. mutans-treated Ni-based dental casting alloys induced elevated levels of cellular toxicity compared with S. mutans-treated Co-Cr-based dental casting alloys. While our findings indicated that the exacerbated release of metal ions from S. mutans-treated base-metal dental casting alloys was the likely result of the pH reduction during S. mutans growth, the exact nature of mechanisms leading to accelerated dissolution of alloy-discs is not yet fully understood. Given the predominance of S. mutans oral carriage and the exacerbated cytotoxicity observed in TR146 cells following exposure to S. mutans-treated base-metal dental casting alloys, the implications for the long-term stability of base-metal dental restorations in the oral cavity are a cause for concern.

  1. Characterization of Ni-Cr alloys using different casting techniques and molds.

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    Chen, Wen-Cheng; Teng, Fu-Yuan; Hung, Chun-Cheng

    2014-02-01

    This study differentiated the mechanical properties of nickel-chromium (Ni-Cr) alloys under various casting techniques (different casting molds and casting atmospheres). These techniques were sampled by a sand mold using a centrifugal machine in ambient air (group I) and electromagnetic induction in an automatic argon castimatic casting machine (group II). The specimen casting used a graphite mold by a castimatic casting machine (group III). The characteristics of the Ni-Cr alloys, yield and ultimate tensile strength, bending modulus, microhardness, diffraction phase, grindability, ability to spring back, as well as ground microstructure and pattern under different casting conditions were evaluated. The group III specimens exhibited the highest values in terms of strength, modulus, hardness, and grindability at a grind rate of 500 rpm. Moreover, group III alloys exhibited smaller grain sizes, higher ability to spring back, and greater ductility than those casted by sand investment (groups I and II). The main factor, "casting mold," significantly influenced all mechanical properties. The graphite mold casting of the Ni-Cr dental alloys in a controlled atmosphere argon casting system provided an excellent combination of high mechanical properties and good ability to spring back, and preserved the ductile properties for application in Ni-Cr porcelain-fused system. The results can offer recommendations to assist a prosthetic technician in selecting the appropriate casting techniques to obtain the desired alloy properties. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. The Influence of Casting Conditions on the Microstructure of As-Cast U-10Mo Alloys: Characterization of the Casting Process Baseline

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    Nyberg, Eric A.; Joshi, Vineet V.; Lavender, Curt A.; Paxton, Dean M.; Burkes, Douglas

    2013-12-13

    Sections of eight plate castings of uranium alloyed with 10 wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo) were sent from Y-12 to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for microstructural characterization. This report summarizes the results from this study.

  3. The Influence of Casting Conditions on the Microstructure of As-Cast U-10Mo Alloys: Characterization of the Casting Process Baseline

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    Nyberg, Eric A.; Joshi, Vineet V.; Lavender, Curt A.; Paxton, Dean M.; Burkes, Douglas

    2013-12-13

    Sections of eight plate castings of uranium alloyed with 10 wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo) were sent from Y-12 to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for microstructural characterization. This report summarizes the results from this study.

  4. Ceramic filters for bulk inoculation of nickel alloy castings

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    F. Binczyk

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The work includes the results of research on production technology of ceramic filters which, besides the traditional filtering function, playalso the role of an inoculant modifying the macrostructure of cast nickel alloys. To play this additional role, filters should demonstratesufficient compression strength and ensure proper flow rate of liquid alloy. The role of an inoculant is played by cobalt aluminateintroduced to the composition of external coating in an amount from 5 to 10 wt.% . The required compression strength (over 1MPa isprovided by the supporting layers, deposited on the preform, which is a polyurethane foam. Based on a two-level fractional experiment24-1, the significance of an impact of various technological parameters (independent variables on selected functional parameters of theready filters was determined. Important effect of the number of the supporting layers and sintering temperature of filters after evaporationof polyurethane foam was stated.

  5. High speed roll casting of Mg alloy strip by a vertical type twin roll caster

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    H.Watari; S. Kumai; Haga, T.

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: The possibility of high speed roll casting of AZ31, AM60 and AZ91 was investigated. Warm deep drawing of roll cast magnesium alloy was operated. and formability of roll cast magnesium strip was cleared.Design/methodology/approach: A vertical type high speed twin roll caster was used. The roll casting was operated in the air atmosphere. The casting speed was from 60 m/min up to 180 m/min. Low temperature casting was adopted to realize high speed casting.Findings: Strip thinner 3 mm wi...

  6. Corrosion Behavior of AlSi10Mg Alloy Produced by Additive Manufacturing (AM vs. Its Counterpart Gravity Cast Alloy

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    Avi Leon

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The attractiveness of additive manufacturing (AM relates to the ability of this technology to rapidly produce very complex components at affordable costs. However, the properties and corrosion behavior, in particular, of products produced by AM technology should at least match the properties obtained by conventional technologies. The present study aims at evaluating the corrosion behavior and corrosion fatigue endurance of AlSi10Mg alloy produced by selective laser melting (SLM in comparison with its conventional counterpart, gravity cast alloy. The results obtained indicate that the corrosion resistance of the printed and cast alloys was relatively similar, with a minor advantage to the printed alloy. The corrosion fatigue endurance of the printed alloy was relatively improved compared to the cast alloy. This was mainly attributed to the significant differences between the microstructure and defect characteristics of those two alloys.

  7. Electrochemical characterization of cast Ti-Hf binary alloys.

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    Cai, Z; Koike, M; Sato, H; Brezner, M; Guo, Q; Komatsu, M; Okuno, O; Okabe, T

    2005-05-01

    This study characterized the electrochemical behavior of Ti-Hf binary alloys in a simulated oral environment. Ti-Hf alloys (10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 mass% Hf) were prepared by arc-melting titanium sponge and hafnium sponge. Specimens of each alloy (n = 4) were prepared using a dental titanium casting system with a MgO-based investment. Specimens were inspected with X-ray radiography to ensure minimal internal porosity. Castings (n = 4) made from pure titanium and commercially pure titanium were used as controls. The ground flat surface (10 mm x 10 mm) on each specimen where approximately 30 microm was removed was used for the characterization. Sixteen-hour open-circuit potential (OCP) measurement, linear polarization and potentiodynamic cathodic polarization were performed sequentially in aerated (air + 10% CO2) MTZ synthetic saliva at 37 degrees C. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization was conducted in the same medium but deaerated (N2 + 10% CO2) 2 h before and during testing. Polarization resistance (R(P)) and Tafel slopes were determined, as were corrosion current density (I(CORR)) and passive current density (I(PASS)). Results were subjected to nonparametric statistical analysis (alpha = 0.05). The OCP stabilized (mean values -229 mV to -470 mV vs. SCE) for all specimens after the 16-h immersion. Similar passivation was observed for all the metals on their anodic polarization diagrams. The Kruskal-Wallis test showed significant differences in OCP among the test groups (p = 0.006). No significant differences were found in R(P), I(CORR) or I(PASS) among all the metals (p>0.3). Results indicate that the electrochemical behavior of the Ti-Hf alloys examined resembles that of pure titanium.

  8. A new multi-zone model for porosity distribution in Al–Si alloy castings

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    Tiedje, Niels Skat; Taylor, John A.; Easton, Mark A.

    2013-01-01

    and distribution of porosity in Al–Si alloys cast as plates in moulds made with silica, ilmenite or zirconia sand cores or steel chills facing the major plate faces. The alloys cast were Al–7wt.% Si and Al–12.5wt.% Si in unmodified and modified forms, the latter with either Na or Sr addition. It is found that...

  9. Pattern Recognition of Thermal Analysis Cooling Curves and Quality Evaluation of Melt Cast Alloys

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    2001-01-01

    The development of thermal analysis techniques for evaluation of cast alloy melt quality and its current applications in the foundry were reviewed. The characteristics of the current thermal analysis techniques were analyzed. A new comprehensive method for cooling curve recognition has been proposed. The evaluation of cast alloy melt quality was realized.

  10. Failure analysis of an aluminum alloy material framework component induced by casting defects

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    Li, Bo; Hu, Weiye

    2017-09-01

    Failure analysis on a fractured radome framework component was carried out through visual observations, metallographic examination using optical microscope, fractog-raphy inspections using scanning electron microscope and chemical composition analysis. The failed frame was made of casting Al–Si7–Mg0.4 aluminum alloy. It had suffered a former vi-bration performance tests. It was indicated that the fractures were attributed to fatigue cracks which were induced by casting porosities at the outer surfaces of frame. Failure analysis was carefully conducted for the semi-penetrating crack appearing on the framework. According to the fractography inspected by scanning electron microscope, it was indicated that numerous casting porosities at the outer surface of the framework played the role of multiple fracture sources due to some applied stresses. Optical microstructure observations suggested that the dendrite-shaped casting porosities largely contributed to the crack-initiation. The groove-shaped structure at roots of spatial convex-bodies on the edge of casting porosities supplied the preferred paths of the crack-propagation. Besides, the brittle silicon eutectic particles distrib-uting along grain boundaries induced the intergranular fracture mode in the region of the over-load final fracture surface.

  11. Gating system optimization of low pressure casting A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold based on numerical simulation

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    Jiang Wenming Fan Zitian

    2014-01-01

    To eliminate the shrinkage porosity in low pressure casting of an A356 aluminum alloy intake manifold casting, numerical simulation on filling and solidification processes of the casting was carried...

  12. Precision casting of Ti-15V-3Cr-3AI-3Sn alloy setting

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    Nan Hai; Liu Changkui; Huang Dong; Zhao Jiaqi; Zhao Hongxia

    2008-01-01

    In this research, Ti-15V-3Cr-3Al-3Sn alloy ingots were prepared using ceramic mold and centrifugal casting. The Ti-15V-3Cr-3Al-3Sn setting casting, for aeronautic engine, with 1.5 mm in thickness was manufactured.The alloy melting process, precision casting process, and problems in casting application were discussed. Effects of Hot Isostatic Pressing and heat treatment on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the Ti-15V-3Cr-3Al-3Sn alloy were studied.

  13. Precision casting of Ti-15V-3Cr-3Al-3Sn alloy setting

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    Nan Hai

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available In this research, Ti-15V-3Cr-3Al-3Sn alloy ingots were prepared using ceramic mold and centrifugal casting. The Ti-15V-3Cr-3Al-3Sn setting casting, for aeronautic engine, with 1.5 mm in thickness was manufactured. The alloy melting process, precision casting process, and problems in casting application were discussed. Effects of Hot Isostatic Pressing and heat treatment on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the Ti-15V-3Cr-3Al-3Sn alloy were studied.

  14. Increasing the reliability and quality of important cast products made of chemically active metals and alloys

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    Varfolomeev, M. S.; Moiseev, V. S.; Shcherbakova, G. I.

    2017-01-01

    A technology is developed to produce highly thermoresistant ceramic monoxide corundum molds using investment casting and an aluminum-organic binder. This technology is a promising trend in creating ceramic molds for precision complex-shape casting of important ingots made of high-alloy steels, high-temperature and titanium alloys, and refractory metals. The use of the casting molds that have a high thermal and chemical resistance to chemically active metals and alloys under high-temperature casting minimizes the physicochemical interaction and substantially decreases the depth of the hard-to-remove metal oxide layer on important products, which increases their service properties.

  15. Microstructure and Thermomechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys Castings

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    P. Lichý

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium alloys thanks to their high specific strength have an extensive potential of the use in a number of industrial applications. The most important of them is the automobile industry in particular. Here it is possible to use this group of materials for great numbers of parts from elements in the car interior (steering wheels, seats, etc., through exterior parts (wheels particularly of sporting models, up to driving (engine blocks and gearbox mechanisms themselves. But the use of these alloys in the engine structure has its limitations as these parts are highly thermally stressed. But the commonly used magnesium alloys show rather fast decrease of strength properties with growing temperature of stressing them. This work is aimed at studying this properties both of alloys commonly used (of the Mg-Al-Zn, Mn type, and of that ones used in industrial manufacture in a limited extent (Mg-Al-Sr. These thermomechanical properties are further on complemented with the microstructure analysis with the aim of checking the metallurgical interventions (an effect of inoculation. From the studied materials the test castings were made from which the test bars for the tensile test were subsequently prepared. This test took place within the temperature range of 20°C – 300°C. Achieved results are summarized in the concluding part of the contribution.

  16. MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF ZL201 ALLOY OBTAINED BY NEAR-LIQUIDUS ELECTROMAGNETIC CASTING

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    P. Wang; L.F. Sh; G.M. Lu; J.Z. Cui

    2005-01-01

    The microstructures of ZL201 alloy slurry prepared by near-liquidus electromagnetic casting(NLEMC), electromagnetic casting(EMC), and near-liquidus casting(NLC) were investigated by means of electron microscopy and image analysis. Mechanical properties of as-cast alloys were determined. The results show that the NLEMC induces a fine, uniform, and equiaxed grain structure with a mean equal-area-circle grain diameter of 32.8μm. The as-cast alloy has a hardness of HV122.8 and a tensile strength of 368MPa. Both of them are better than those of the alloys prepared by EMC and by NLC. The mechanism of grain refinement in the NLEMC alloy slurry was discussed.

  17. The technology of precision casting of titanium alloys by centrifugal process

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    A. Karwiński

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The article describes the development of a procedure for the preparation of foundry ceramic moulds and making first test castings. The presented studies included:development of technological parameters of the ceramic mould preparation process using water-based zirconium binders and zirconia ceramic materials, where moulds are next used for the centrifugal casting of titanium alloys melted in vacuum furnaces, designing of pouring process using simulation software, making test castings,testing and control of the casting properties. The technological process described in this paper enables making castings in titanium alloys weighing up to about 500 g and used in the majority of technical applications.

  18. Effects of casting speed on microstructure and segregation of electromagnetically stirred Aluminum alloy in continuous casting process

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    LEE Dock-Young; KANG Suk-Won; CHO Duck-Ho; KIM Ki-Bae

    2006-01-01

    Recently, a semi-solid metal processing has been acknowledged as a cost-effective technique to be able to manufacture high quality product for the transportation industry.In this study a hypo-eutectic Al alloy was fabricated by means of an electromagnetic stirrer in continuous casting process and the microstructural change during solidification due to a fluid flow by electromagnetic stirring was examined.Due to the forced fluid flow during solidification a dendritic phase of primary α phase of Al alloy was turned into a globular phase, which can make the Al alloy get a thixotropic behavior in the semi-solid region.In order to establish the quantitative relationship between microstructure and the process parameters, the morphology shape, a silicon distribution and a size of primary α phase were observed according to casting speed in continuous casting machine.The primary α phase was turned into the degenerate dendrites approaching a spherical configuration with increasing casting speed.The fine-grained and equiaxed microstructure appeared at higher casting speed.A segregation behavior of Si element was declined with increasing casting speed and a very uniform distribution of Si element was observed on the billet at a casting speed of 600 mm·min-1.A thickness of the solidifying shell of the billet was shortened with increasing the casting speed.

  19. Optimization of squeeze casting parameters for non symmetrical AC2A aluminium alloy castings through Taguchi method

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    Senthil, P. [Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (India); Amirthagadeswaran, K. S. [Government College of Technology, Coimbatore (India)

    2012-04-15

    This paper reports a research in which an attempt was made to prepare AC2A aluminium alloy castings of a non symmetrical component through squeeze casting process. The primary objective was to investigate the influence of process parameters on mechanical properties of the castings. Experiments were conducted based on orthogonal array suggested in Taguchi's offline quality control concept. The experimental results showed that squeeze pressure, die preheating temperature and compression holding time were the parameters making significant improvement in mechanical properties. The optimal squeeze casting condition was found and mathematical models were also developed for the process.

  20. Microstructure and properties of vacuum counter-pressure cast aluminum alloy

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    YAN Qing-song; Yu, Huan; WEI Bo-kang

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and properties of vacuum counter-pressure cast aluminum alloy were studied. Results indicated that under the condition of vacuum counter-pressure, liquid melts fill mould cavity under the vacuum and crystallize under high pressure which have very good effect on nucleation and solidification feeding. Compared with gravity casting, the microstructure of vacuum counter-pressure cast aluminum alloy is much finer and more uniformly distributed. Mechanical properties of vacuum co...

  1. Application of heat pipe technology in permanent mold casting of nonferrous alloys

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    Elalem, Kaled

    The issue of mold cooling is one, which presents a foundry with a dilemma. On the one hand; the use of air for cooling is safe and practical, however, it is not very effective and high cost. On the other hand, water-cooling can be very effective but it raises serious concerns about safety, especially with a metal such as magnesium. An alternative option that is being developed at McGill University uses heat pipe technology to carry out the cooling. The experimental program consisted of designing a permanent mold to produce AZ91E magnesium alloy and A356 aluminum alloy castings with shrinkage defects. Heat pipes were then used to reduce these defects. The heat pipes used in this work are novel and are patent pending. They are referred to as McGill Heat Pipes. Computer modeling was used extensively in designing the mold and the heat pipes. Final designs for the mold and the heat pipes were chosen based on the modeling results. Laboratory tests of the heat pipe were performed before conducting the actual experimental plan. The laboratory testing results verified the excellent performance of the heat pipes as anticipated by the model. An industrial mold made of H13 tool steel was constructed to cast nonferrous alloys. The heat pipes were installed and initial testing and actual industrial trials were conducted. This is the first time where a McGill heat pipe was used in an industrial permanent mold casting process for nonferrous alloys. The effects of cooling using heat pipes on AZ91E and A356 were evaluated using computer modeling and experimental trials. Microstructural analyses were conducted to measure the secondary dendrite arm spacing, SDAS, and the grain size to evaluate the cooling effects on the castings. The modeling and the experimental results agreed quite well. The metallurgical differences between AZ91E and A356 were investigated using modeling and experimental results. Selected results from modeling, laboratory and industrial trials are presented. The

  2. Microstructure and mechanical properties of lost foam cast 356 alloys

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    Qi-gui Wang

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Microstructure and mechanical properties of lost foam cast aluminum alloys have been investigated in both primary A356 (0.13% Fe and secondary 356 (0.47%. As expected, secondary 356 shows much higher content of Fe-rich intermetallic phases, and in particular the porosity in comparison with primary A356. The average area percent and size (length of Fe-rich intermetallics change from about 0.5% and 6 祄 in A356 to 2% and 25 祄 in 356 alloy. The average area percent and maximum size of porosity also increase from about 0.4% and 420 祄 to 1.4% and 600 祄, respectively. As a result, tensile ductility decreases about 60% and ultimate tensile strength declines about 8%. Lower fatigue strength was also experienced in the secondary 356 alloy. Low cycle fatigue (LCF strength decreased from 187 MPa in A356 to 159 MPa in 356 and high cycle fatigue (HCF strength also declined slightly from 68 MPa to 64 MPa.

  3. Influence of Solid Fraction on Gravity Segregation of Sn in Al-20Sn Alloy Casting

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    2000-01-01

    The influence of solid fraction of Al-20Sn alloy mushy on gravity segregation of Sn in casting was studied and, the relationship between solid fraction and the temperature of alloy mushy and that between solid fraction of alloy mushy and size of Sn particle in ingot were determined. The results show that the relationship between solid fraction and the temperature of alloy mushy was fs=1683-4.86t+0.0035t2. The extent of gravity segregation of Sn in casting reduced gradually with the increasing of solid fraction of alloy mushy. When solid fraction of alloy mushy was arger than 40%, the gravity segregation of Sn in casting could be removed basically, and the relationship between solid fraction of alloy mushy and size of Sn particle in ingot was s=-0.64fs+70.8.

  4. Squeeze casting of aluminum alloy A380: Microstructure and tensile behavior

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    Li Fang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A380 alloy with a relatively thick cross-section of 25 mm was squeeze cast using a hydraulic press with an applied pressure of 90 MPa. Microstructure and tensile properties of the squeeze cast A380 were characterized and evaluated in comparison with the die cast counterpart. Results show that the squeeze cast A380 possesses a porosity level much lower than the die cast alloy, which is disclosed by both optical microscopy and the density measurement technique. The results of tensile testing indicate the improved tensile properties, specifically ultimate tensile strength (UTS: 215.9 MPa and elongation (Ef: 5.4%, for the squeeze cast samples over those of the conventional high-pressure die cast part (UTS: 173.7 MPa, Ef: 1.0%. The analysis of tensile behavior shows that the squeeze cast A380 exhibits a high tensile toughness (8.5 MJ·m-3 and resilience (179.3 kJ·m-3 compared with the die cast alloy (toughness: 1.4 MJ·m-3, resilience: 140.6 kJ·m-3, despite that, during the onset of plastic deformation, the strain-hardening rate of the die cast specimen is higher than that of the squeeze cast specimens. The microstructure analyzed by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM shows that both the squeeze and die cast specimens contain the primary α-Al, Al2Cu, Al5FeSi phase and the eutectic Si phase. But, the Al2Cu phase present in the squeeze cast alloy is relatively large in size and quantity. The SEM fractography evidently reveals the ductile fracture features of the squeeze cast A380 alloy.

  5. Smaller is Softer : An Inverse Size Effect in a Cast Aluminum Alloy

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    Benzerga, A.A.; Hong, S.S.; Kim, K.S.; Needleman, A.; van der Giessen, E.

    2001-01-01

    The stress–strain curves of A356 cast aluminum alloys exhibit an unusual size effect on flow properties: the finer the microstructure, the lower the tensile flow strength. Tensile tests were carried out on specimens made of an A356 alloy with 7% Si as the main alloying element. The specimens were

  6. Smaller is Softer : An Inverse Size Effect in a Cast Aluminum Alloy

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    Benzerga, A.A.; Hong, S.S.; Kim, K.S.; Needleman, A.; van der Giessen, E.

    2001-01-01

    The stress–strain curves of A356 cast aluminum alloys exhibit an unusual size effect on flow properties: the finer the microstructure, the lower the tensile flow strength. Tensile tests were carried out on specimens made of an A356 alloy with 7% Si as the main alloying element. The specimens were ca

  7. Modeling the homogenization kinetics of as-cast U-10wt% Mo alloys

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    Xu, Zhijie; Joshi, Vineet; Hu, Shenyang; Paxton, Dean; Lavender, Curt; Burkes, Douglas

    2016-04-01

    Low-enriched U-22at% Mo (U-10Mo) alloy has been considered as an alternative material to replace the highly enriched fuels in research reactors. For the U-10Mo to work effectively and replace the existing fuel material, a thorough understanding of the microstructure development from as-cast to the final formed structure is required. The as-cast microstructure typically resembles an inhomogeneous microstructure with regions containing molybdenum-rich and -lean regions, which may affect the processing and possibly the in-reactor performance. This as-cast structure must be homogenized by thermal treatment to produce a uniform Mo distribution. The development of a modeling capability will improve the understanding of the effect of initial microstructures on the Mo homogenization kinetics. In the current work, we investigated the effect of as-cast microstructure on the homogenization kinetics. The kinetics of the homogenization was modeled based on a rigorous algorithm that relates the line scan data of Mo concentration to the gray scale in energy dispersive spectroscopy images, which was used to generate a reconstructed Mo concentration map. The map was then used as realistic microstructure input for physics-based homogenization models, where the entire homogenization kinetics can be simulated and validated against the available experiment data at different homogenization times and temperatures.

  8. As-cast structure of DC casting 7075 aluminum alloy obtained under dual-frequency electromagnetic field

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    Zhi-hao Zhao; Zhen Xu; Gao-song Wang; Qing-feng Zhu; Jian-zhong Cui

    2014-01-01

    We have experimentally determined the as-cast structures of semi-continuous casting 7075 aluminum alloy obtained in the pres-ence of dual-frequency electromagnetic field. Results suggest that the use of dual-frequency electromagnetic field during the semi-continuous casting process of 7075 aluminum alloy ingots reduces the thickness of the surface segregation layer, increases the height of the melt menis-cus, enhances the surface quality of the ingot, and changes the surface morphology of the melt pool. Moreover, low-frequency electromag-netic field was found to show the most obvious influence on improving the as-cast structure because of its high permeability in conductors.

  9. Influence of the casting processing route on the corrosion behavior of dental alloys.

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    Galo, Rodrigo; Rocha, Luis Augusto; Faria, Adriana Claudia; Silveira, Renata Rodrigues; Ribeiro, Ricardo Faria; de Mattos, Maria da Gloria Chiarello

    2014-12-01

    Casting in the presence of oxygen may result in an improvement of the corrosion performance of most alloys. However, the effect of corrosion on the casting without oxygen for dental materials remains unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the casting technique and atmosphere (argon or oxygen) on the corrosion behavior response of six different dental casting alloys. The corrosion behavior was evaluated by electrochemical measurements performed in artificial saliva for the different alloys cast in two different conditions: arc melting in argon and oxygen-gas flame centrifugal casting. A slight decrease in open-circuit potential for most alloys was observed during immersion, meaning that the corrosion tendency of the materials increases due to the contact with the solution. Exceptions were the Co-based alloys prepared by plasma, and the Co-Cr-Mo and Ni-Cr-4Ti alloys processed by oxidized flame, in which an increase in potential was observed. The amount of metallic ions released into the artificial saliva solution during immersion was similar for all specimens. Considering the pitting potential, a parameter of high importance when considering the fluctuating conditions of the oral environment, Co-based alloys show the best performance in comparison with the Ni-based alloys, independent of the processing route.

  10. Pit nucleation on as-cast aluminiuim alloy AW-5083 in 0.01M NaCl

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    Dolić N.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of aluminium alloys in a wide range of technical applications is related mostly to the two facts: they facilitate weight saving of final products (if compared to the steel and they are prone to spontaneous passivity due to the coherent surface oxide layer which impedes further reaction of aluminium with the environment. Among the commercial Al alloys, EN AW-5083 alloy is a representative non-heat treatable Al-Mg based alloy which possesses many interesting characteristics as a structural material, such as low price, moderately high strength, high formability in conjunction with superplasticity and good corrosion resistance in marine atmospheres. Aiming to enhance the knowledge of possible interactions of studied alloy EN AW-5083 in as-cast condition with chloride media, electrochemical measurements were used to follow the pitting behaviour in 0.01 M NaCl. The results of tests have shown that susceptibility of alloy to pitting corrosion is strongly influenced by the microstructural constituents of the alloy in as-cast condition.

  11. Macrosegregation in aluminum alloy ingot cast by the semicontinuous direct chill method

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    Yu, H.; Granger, D. A.

    1984-01-01

    A theoretical model of the semicontinuous DC casting method is developed to predict the positive segregation observed at the subsurface and the negative segregation commonly found at the center of large commercial-size aluminum alloy ingot. Qualitative analysis of commercial-size aluminum alloy semicontinuous cast direct chill (DC) ingot is carried out. In the analysis, both positive segregation in the ingot subsurface and negative segregation at the center of the ingot are examined. Ingot subsurface macrosegregation is investigated by considering steady state casting of a circular cross-section binary alloy ingot. Nonequilibrium solidification is assumed with no solid diffusion, constant equilibrium partition ratio, and constant solid density.

  12. Microstructural evolution and mechanical properties of as-cast and T6-treated AA2195 DC cast alloy

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    Hekmat-Ardakan, A. [Universite de Sherbrook, Sherbrook, QC, Canada J1K 2R1 (Canada); Elgallad, E.M. [Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC, Canada G7H 2B1 (Canada); Ajersch, F. [Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada H3T 1J4 (Canada); Chen, X.-G., E-mail: xgrant_chen@uqac.ca [Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC, Canada G7H 2B1 (Canada)

    2012-12-15

    The use of direct chill (DC) cast ingot plates of AA2195 alloys has been recently extended for large mold applications in the plastics and automotive industries. The microstructural evolution of the as-cast AA2195 alloy was investigated using the Factsage thermodynamic software under both equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions, and was compared with the results from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis and microstructural observations. The as-cast microstructure exhibited the presence of Al{sub 2}CuMg, Al{sub 2}Cu and Al{sub 2}CuLi intermetallic phases formed at the aluminum dendrite boundaries, which can be completely dissolved in the {alpha}-Al matrix during the solution treatment. A significant improvement in the mechanical properties of the AA2195 cast alloy after the T6 heat treatment is attributed to the formation of nano-scale {theta} Prime (Al{sub 2}Cu) and T1 (Al{sub 2}CuLi) precipitates. However, the non-uniform distribution of T1 precipitates together with the large size and low density indicate that the role of {theta} Prime precipitates in strengthening the AA2195 cast alloy is more dominant than that of the T1 precipitates, in contrast with the strengthening mechanism of the pre-deformed AA2195-T8 rolled products.

  13. Comparison of electrochemical behavior of cast and sintered CuAg4at.% alloy during thermomechanical treatment

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    Rajčić-Vujasinović Mirjana M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents comparison of electrochemical behavior of samples of CuAg4at.% alloy obtained by powder metallurgy method and the same alloy obtained by melting and casting during oxidation in an alkaline medium. Investigated alloy exhibits anneal hardening effect, so it was examined in each stage of thermomechanical treatment resulting in this effect. Cyclic voltammetry investigations show that both sintered and cast samples after cold rolling to final reduction of 60 % behave as completely homogenous phases. In that stage of thermomechanical treatment peaks corresponding to reactions on silver do not appear and currents on cyclic voltammograms are lowest. After annealing below the recrystallization temperature both samples exhibit anneal hardening; in this stage sintered alloy retains its corrosion stability, whereas current densities for the cast alloy increase and the peaks characteristic for silver appear again. Further annealing above the recrystallization temperature leads to the increasing of current density on voltammograms for samples obtained by both methods and all characteristic current peaks for silver reappear.

  14. Microstructure and interface reaction of investment casting TiAl alloys

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    CHEN Yu-yong; XIAO Shu-long; KONG Fan-tao; WANG Xue

    2006-01-01

    In order to research the microstructure of TiAl alloy and TiAl-mould reaction between TiAl and ceramic mould shells prepared with the low cost binder in investment casting, the ceramic mould shells were prepared with low cost binder and refractory materials. Using two kinds of casting methods (gravity casting and centrifugal casting), the titanium aluminum alloys with rare earth element (Ti-47.5Al-2Cr-2Nb-0.3Y and Ti-45Al-5Nb-0.3Y) were cast into the mould shells. The microstructures of investment casting titanium aluminum alloys were observed by optical microscope (OM). The distributions of elements of topping investment on the surfaces of titanium aluminum alloys castings were analyzed by the means of electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA), and the mechanical properties were studied. The results show that the microstructures of two kinds of titanium aluminum alloys are both lamella shape, and lamella is thin. The thickness of reaction and diffusing layer of Ti-47.5Al-2Cr-2Nb-0.3Y alloy is about 80 μm, and that of Ti-45Al-5Nb-0.3Y is less than 30 μm.

  15. Casting defects of Ti-6Al-4V alloy in vertical centrifugal casting processes with graphite molds

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    Jia, Limin; Xu, Daming; Li, Min; Guo, Jingjie; Fu, Hengzhi

    2012-02-01

    Numerical simulation and experimental investigation are utilized to analyze the casting defects of Ti-6Al-4V alloy formed under different vertical centrifugal casting conditions in graphite molds. Mold rotating rates of 0, 110 and 210 rpm are considered in experimental process. Results show that centrifugal forces have significant effects on the quantity of both macropores and microdefects (micropores, microcracks and inclusions). The relative amount of all macro- and micro-scopic casting defects decreases from 62.4 % to 24.8 % with the increasing of the centrifugal force, and the macropore quantity in stepped casting decreases exponentially with the increase of the gravitation coefficient. The relative proportions of both micropores and microcracks decrease with the mold-rotating rate increase, but the relative proportion of inclusions increases significantly. Besides this, the mold-filling sequence is proved to be an important factor in casting quality control.

  16. Microstructural characterization of as-cast hf-b alloys

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    João Carlos Jânio Gigolotti

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available An accurate knowledge of several metal-boron phase diagrams is important to evaluation of higher order systems such as metal-silicon-boron ternaries. The refinement and reassessment of phase diagram data is a continuous work, thus the reevaluation of metal-boron systems provides the possibility to confirm previous data from an investigation using higher purity materials and better analytical techniques. This work presents results of rigorous microstructural characterization of as-cast hafnium-boron alloys which are significant to assess the liquid composition associated to most of the invariant reactions of this system. Alloys were prepared by arc melting high purity hafnium (minimum 99.8% and boron (minimum 99.5% slices under argon atmosphere in water-cooled copper crucible with non consumable tungsten electrode and titanium getter. The phases were identified by scanning electron microscopy, using back-scattered electron image mode and X-ray diffraction. In general, a good agreement was found between our data and those from the currently accepted Hafnium-Boron phase diagram. The phases identified are αHfSS and B-RhomSS, the intermediate compounds HfB and HfB2 and the liquide L. The reactions are the eutectic L ⇔ αHfSS + HfB and L ⇔ HfB2 + B-Rhom, the peritectic L + HfB2 ⇔ HfB and the congruent formation of HfB2.

  17. Theoretical Model for Volume Fraction of UC, 235U Enrichment, and Effective Density of Final U 10Mo Alloy

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    Devaraj, Arun [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL); Prabhakaran, Ramprashad [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL); Joshi, Vineet V. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL); Hu, Shenyang Y. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL); McGarrah, Eric J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL); Lavender, Curt A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab. (EMSL)

    2016-04-12

    The purpose of this document is to provide a theoretical framework for (1) estimating uranium carbide (UC) volume fraction in a final alloy of uranium with 10 weight percent molybdenum (U 10Mo) as a function of final alloy carbon concentration, and (2) estimating effective 235U enrichment in the U 10Mo matrix after accounting for loss of 235U in forming UC. This report will also serve as a theoretical baseline for effective density of as-cast low-enriched U 10Mo alloy. Therefore, this report will serve as the baseline for quality control of final alloy carbon content

  18. Effects of production parameters on characteristics of magnesium alloy sheets manufactured by twin-roll casting

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    H. Watari

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: : The purpose of the work is to establish a manufacturing process and technology to facilitate the economical manufacture of high-quality magnesium sheet alloys.Design/methodology/approach: Magnesium alloy AZ31B was used to investigate the appropriate manufacturing conditions for use in twin-roll strip casting. Temperatures of the molten materials and roll speeds were varied to find the appropriate manufacturing conditions. The effects of manufacturing conditions on possible forming were clarified in terms of roll speeds and roll gaps between upper and lower rolls.Findings: In the hot-rolling process, a temperature exceeding 200°C was chosen to keep cast products from cracking. An appropriate annealing temperature was effective for homogenizing the microstructure of the rolled cast sheets after the strip casting process. The grain size of the manufactured wrought magnesium alloys sheet was less than 10 micrometers. The obtained magnesium alloy sheet exhibited an equivalent limiting drawing ratio in a warm-drawing test.Research limitations/implications: AZ31 were used to investigate the appropriate manufacturing conditions for use in twin-roll strip casting. Casting temperatures were varied from 630°C to 670°C to find the best casting conditions. Roll casting speeds were varied from 5m/min to 30 m/min in order to examine which roll speed was appropriate for solidifying the molten magnesium.Practical implications: It was found that the cast magnesium sheet manufactured by roll strip casting could be used for plastic forming if the appropriate magnesium sheets were produced after the roll casting process.Originality/value: This paper showed the effectiveness of twin roll casting for magnesium alloys by a horizontal roll caster.

  19. Current research progress in grain refinement of cast magnesium alloys: A review article

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    Ali, Yahia; Qiu, Dong [School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072 (Australia); Jiang, Bin; Pan, Fusheng [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030 (China); Zhang, Ming-Xing, E-mail: Mingxing.Zhang@uq.edu.au [School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072 (Australia)

    2015-01-15

    Grain refinement of cast magnesium alloys, particularly in magnesium–aluminium (Mg–Al) based alloys, has been an active research topic in the past two decades, because it has been considered as one of the most effective approaches to simultaneously increase the strength, ductility and formability. The development of new grain refiners was normally based on the theories/models that were established through comprehensive and considerable studies of grain refinement in cast Al alloys. Generally, grain refinement in cast Al can be achieved through either inoculation treatment, which is a process of adding, or in situ forming, foreign particles to promote heterogeneous nucleation rate, or restricting grain growth by controlling the constitutional supercooling or both. But, the concrete and tangible grain refinement mechanism in cast metals is still not fully understood and there are a number of controversies. Therefore, most of the new developed grain refiners for Mg–Al based alloys are not as efficient as the commercially available ones, such as zirconium in non-Al containing Mg alloys. To facilitate the research in grain refinement of cast magnesium alloys, this review starts with highlighting the theoretical aspects of grain refinement in cast metals, followed by reviewing the latest research progress in grain refinement of magnesium alloys in terms of the solute effect and potent nucleants.

  20. Electrochemical behavior of Co-Cr and Ni-Cr dental cast alloys

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    Viswanathan S. SAJI; Han-Cheol CHOE

    2009-01-01

    The cast structures influencing the electrochemical corrosion behavior of Co-Cr and Ni-Cr dental alloys were studied using potentiodynamic polarization and AC impedance in 0.9% (mass fraction) NaCl solution at (37±1) ℃. The phase and microstructure of the alloys that were fabricated using two different casting methods viz. centrifugal casting and high frequency induction casting, were examined using X-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The roles of alloying elements and the passive film homogeneity on the corrosion resistance of Co-Cr-Mo and Ni-Cr-Mo dental cast alloys were reviewed. The results of electrochemical study show that the dependence of corrosion resistance on the microstructure associated with the casting methods is marginal. The Co-Cr alloy exhibits more desirable corrosion resistance properties than the Ni-Cr alloy. There is severe preferential dissolution of Ni-rich, Cr and Mo depleted zones in the Ni-Cr alloy.

  1. Development of high plasticity Al-Si alloy and its casting process

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    郭国文; 李元元; 陈维平; 张大童; 龙雁

    2002-01-01

    Aiming to meet the challenge of the shape complexity and high plasticity demanded for the upper connective plate(UCP) in motorcycle, a high plasticity Al-Si alloy named HGZL-02 was developed by optimizing the chemical composition and casting process. Premium UCP castings were obtained by using optimized casting process. Results show that fine and dense microstructure are obtained in the UCP castings. An average of 224MPa in ultimate tensile strength, 149MPa in yield strength and 13.2% in elongation are achieved for T6 heat-treated UPS castings.

  2. The effect of microstructure of low-alloy spheroidal cast iron on impact strength

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    T. Szykowny

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The study presents an evaluation of the effect of microstructure of low-alloy spheroidal cast iron on impact strength within the temperature range from –60 to 100°C. Analyses were conducted on one type of cast iron containing 0.51% Cu and 0.72% Ni. Cast iron was austempered or normalized. Values of KCV and static mechanical properties were determined. Structural and fractographic analyses were based on light and scanning microscopy as well as X-ray diffraction. It was found that thermal processing considerably improves impact strength in relation to cast iron after casting. At the same time static mechanical properties are enhanced.

  3. Influence of Section Thickness on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Squeeze Cast Magnesium Alloy AM60

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    Zhang, Xuezhi; Wang, Meng; Sun, Zhizhong; Hu, Henry

    Squeeze cast light alloys has been approved for advanced engineering design of light integrity automotive applications. An understanding of the effect of section thicknesses on mechanical properties of squeeze cast magnesium alloys is essential for proper design of different applications. The present work studied the microstructure and tensile properties of magnesium alloy AM60 with different section thickness of 6, 10 and 20mm squeeze cast under an applied pressure of 30MPa. The results of tensile testing indicate that the yield strength (YS), ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation (Ef) increase with a decreasing in section thicknesses of squeeze cast AM60. The microstructure analysis shows that the improvement in the tensile properties of squeeze cast AM60 is mainly attributed to the low level of gas porosity and the high content of eutectic phases and fine grain structure which resulted from high solidification rates taking place in the thin section.

  4. Research of Mechanical Property Gradient Distribution of Al-Cu Alloy in Centrifugal Casting

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    Sun, Zhi; Sui, Yanwei; Liu, Aihui; Li, Bangsheng; Guo, Jingjie

    Al-Cu alloy castings are obtained using centrifugal casting. The regularity of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy castings with the same centrifugal radius at different positions is investigated. The result shows that the tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and microscope hardness exhibit the following gradient distribution characteristic — high on both sides and low on the center. The trend of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy increases with the increase in the rotation speed. Moreover, the mechanical properties of casting centerline two sides have asymmetry. The reason is that the grain size of casting centerline two sides and Al2Cu phase and Cu content change correspondingly.

  5. Welding and mechanical properties of cast FAPY (Fe-16 at. % Al-based) alloy slabs

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    Sikka, V.K.; Goodwin, G.M.; Alexander, D.J.; Howell, C.R.

    1995-08-01

    The low-aluminum-content iron-aluminum program deals with the development of a Fe-Al alloy with aluminum content such as a produce the minimum environmental effect at room temperature. The FAPY is an Fe-16 at. % Al-based alloy developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the highest aluminum-containing alloy with essentially no environmental effect. The chemical composition for FAPY in weight percent is: aluminum = 8.46, chromium = 5.50, zirconium = 0.20, carbon = 0.03, molybdenum = 2.00, yttrium = 0.10, and iron = 83.71. The cast ingots of the alloy can be hot worked by extrusion, forging, and rolling processes. The hot- worked cast structure can be cold worked with intermediate anneals at 800{degrees}C. Typical room-temperature ductility of the fine-grained wrought structure is 20 to 25% for this alloy. In contrast to the wrought structure, the cast ductility at room temperature is approximately 1% with a transition temperature of approximately 100 to 150{degrees}C, above which ductility values exceed 20%. The alloy has been melted and processed into bar, sheet, and foil. The alloy has also been cast into slabs, step-blocks of varying thicknesses, and shapes. The purpose of this section is to describe the welding response of cast slabs of three different thicknesses of FAPY alloy. Tensile, creep, and Charpy-impact data of the welded plates are also presented.

  6. Probabilistic thermal-mechanical fatigue criterion for lost foam casting aluminium alloys based on 2D/3D porosities distribution

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    Szmytka F.; Limodin N.; Wang L; Osmond P.; Adrien J.; Charkaluk E.; Buffiere J.Y.

    2014-01-01

    A thermal-mechanical fatigue criterion is proposed to assess the lifetime of aluminium alloys produced by a lost foam casting process. It is based on the observed size distribution of pores sizes which are considered as critical zones for cracks initiation and gives reliable results when both pores sizes are identified from X-ray tomography and mean stresses are taken into account. Lifetime probabilities are finally successfully compared with experimental results.

  7. Probabilistic thermal-mechanical fatigue criterion for lost foam casting aluminium alloys based on 2D/3D porosities distribution

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    Szmytka F.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A thermal-mechanical fatigue criterion is proposed to assess the lifetime of aluminium alloys produced by a lost foam casting process. It is based on the observed size distribution of pores sizes which are considered as critical zones for cracks initiation and gives reliable results when both pores sizes are identified from X-ray tomography and mean stresses are taken into account. Lifetime probabilities are finally successfully compared with experimental results.

  8. Pressure die cast graphite dispersed Al-Si-Mg alloy matrix composites

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    Pillai, U.T.S. (Regional Research Lab. (CSIR), Trivandrum (India)); Pai, B.C. (Regional Research Lab. (CSIR), Trivandrum (India)); Kelukutty, V.S. (Regional Research Lab. (CSIR), Trivandrum (India)); Satyanarayana, K.G. (Regional Research Lab. (CSIR), Trivandrum (India))

    1993-09-15

    An improvement in casting of aluminium alloy graphite particulate composite synthesized by stir casting is discussed. About 15 wt.% graphite particles were dispersed in Al-Si-Mg (LM 25) alloy by the rheocasting technique. The composite ingots were used as a master alloy and diluted further with LM 25 alloy to obtain a 5 wt.% dispersion of graphite in the matrix. The composite ingots thus processed were subsequently remelted and pressure die cast into plates. Macroscopic and microscopic examination of the plates revealed fewer defects and a fine distribution of particles. The ultimate tensile strength evaluated in this composite was superior (132-136 MPa) to that of gravity die cast (85-95 MPa) composites. The fracture toughness of the composites was in the range 8-10 MPa m[sup 1/2]. (orig.)

  9. WAYS TO IMPROVE SEDIMENTATION STABILITY OF RELEASE COATING FOR DIE CASTING OF ALUMI-NUM ALLOYS

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    A. A. Pivovarchyk

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of a study on the effect of a method for dispersing the size of the component of the dispersed phase separation coatings used in high pressure die casting aluminum alloys.

  10. Development of a discriminatory biocompatibility testing model for non-precious dental casting alloys.

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    McGinley, Emma Louise

    2011-12-01

    To develop an enhanced, reproducible and discriminatory biocompatibility testing model for non-precious dental casting alloys, prepared to a clinically relevant surface finishing condition, using TR146 oral keratinocyte cells.

  11. Derivative thermo analysis of the Al-Si cast alloy with addition of rare earths metals

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    M. Krupiński

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the dependence between chemical composition, structure and cooling rate of Al–Si aluminium cast alloy was investigated. For studying of the structure changes the thermo-analysis was carried out, using the UMSA (Universal Metallurgical Simulator and Analyzer device. For structure investigation optical and electron scanning microscopy was used, phase and chemical composition of the Al cast alloy also using qualitative point-wise EDS microanalysis.

  12. Cold cracking in DC-cast high strength aluminum alloy ingots: An intrinsic problem intensified by casting process parameters

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    Lalpoor, M.; Eskin, D.G.; Ruvalcaba, D.; Fjaer, H.G.; Ten Cate, A.; Ontijt, N.; Katgerman, L.

    2011-01-01

    For almost half a century the catastrophic failure of direct chill (DC) cast high strength aluminum alloys has been challenging the production of sound ingots. To overcome this problem, a criterion is required that can assist the researchers in predicting the critical conditions which facilitate the

  13. Commercialization of NASA's High Strength Cast Aluminum Alloy for High Temperature Applications

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    Lee, Jonathan A.

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, the commercialization of a new high strength cast aluminum alloy, invented by NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center, for high temperature applications will be presented. Originally developed to meet U.S. automotive legislation requiring low- exhaust emission, the novel NASA aluminum alloy offers dramatic improvement in tensile and fatigue strengths at elevated temperatures (450 F-750 F), which can lead to reducing part weight and cost as well as improving performance for automotive engine applications. It is an ideal low cost material for cast components such as pistons, cylinder heads, cylinder liners, connecting rods, turbo chargers, impellers, actuators, brake calipers and rotors. NASA alloy also offers greater wear resistance, dimensional stability, and lower thermal expansion compared to conventional aluminum alloys, and the new alloy can be produced economically from sand, permanent mold and investment casting. Since 2001, this technology was licensed to several companies for automotive and marine internal combustion engines applications.

  14. Influences on Burr Size During Face-Milling of Aluminum Alloys and Cast Iron

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    Shefelbine, Wendy; Dornfeld, David

    2004-01-01

    The Exit Order Sequence (EOS) theory discussed by previous LMA students predicts the size of burrs formed during face milling. Other influences are tool geometry, coolant use, and material properties in aluminum silicon alloys and cast iron. Used, worn tools also increase the size of the burr. The effect of speed and feed are also discussed, particularly with regards to cast iron.

  15. Reducing non value adding aluminium alloy in production of parts through high pressure die casting

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    Pereira, MFVT

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The difficulties and issues associated with the economics of the process and die life in casting Aluminium alloys, as experienced by the high pressure die casting industry, were reasons behind undertaking this research project. The use of a tungsten...

  16. Effect of NaCL Upon an AI–Si Casting Alloy Hipoeutec

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    E.J. Martínez–Delgado

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available This work, comprehends the study about the effect of NaCl kind Halite upon the morphology of eutectic Silicon and porosity in a cast hipoeutectic Al–Si alloy. The melting was carried out in two furnaces, the first to combustion ofLPgas in graphite crucible to increase the content of Si in the alloy from 0.13 to 5% wt using metallic silicon with a purity of 99.35% wt, and the second of electric resistances in the same kind of crucible to control the temperature at 750° C. The melting material was casting into molds of sand shell. To add the salt into the metallic bath, two techniques were used; one with injection by means of Argon gas and the other one by gravity, in both cases three quantities of salt were used, 0.5, 1.5 and 2.5% wt respectively, powdered and preheated at 150° C during 60 min. The obtained samples were analyzed metallographily evidencing the modification of the eutectic Si, presenting the best results the samples with 1.5 & 2.5% wt of salt added by gravity. Too was obtained effect of Salt upon the degassing of bath metallic, where the simples with 1.5% wt presented the best results. Finally, by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy, the precipitates present were characterized in the samples.

  17. Effect of alloying elements on branching of primary austenite dendrites in Ni-Mn-Cu cast iron

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    A. Janus

    2011-01-01

    Within the research, determined were direction and intensity of influence of individual alloying elements on branching degree of primary austenite dendrites in austenitic cast iron Ni-Mn-Cu. 30 cast shafts dia...

  18. Effect of Electromagnetic Frequency on Microstructures of Continuous Casting Aluminum Alloys

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    2002-01-01

    The relationship between electromagnetic frequency and microstructures of continuous casting aluminum alloyswas studied. 7075 aluminum alloy ingot of 100 mm in diameter was produced by electromagnetic continuouscasting process, the microstructures of as-cast ingot was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equippedwith energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The results showed that electromagnetic frequency greatly influencedsegregation and microstructures of as-cast ingot, and product quality can be guaranteed by the application of aproper frequency. Electromagnetic frequency plays a significant role in solute redistribution; Iow frequency is moreefficient for promoting solution of alloying elements.

  19. Effect of electromagnetic field on macrosegregation of continuous casting 7075 alloy

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    张北江; 崔建忠; 路贵民; 张勤; 班春燕

    2003-01-01

    The effect of electromagnetic field on macrosegregation of continuous casting aluminum alloy was stud-ied. 7075 aluminum alloy ingot with diameter of 200 mm was produced by electromagnetic casting. Magnitude of coilcurrent was varied from 100 A to 600 A, and frequency from 10 Hz to 100 Hz. Variation of element content along theradius of ingot was examined by means of chemical analysis. The results show that electromagnetic casting processcan effectively reduce the macrosegregation, and electromagnetic frequency has a great influence on element distribu-tion along the radius of ingot. When frequency is 30 Hz, macrosegregation is eliminated completely.

  20. Optimization of Squeeze Casting Parameters for 2017 A Wrought Al Alloy Using Taguchi Method

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    Najib Souissi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This study applies the Taguchi method to investigate the relationship between the ultimate tensile strength, hardness and process variables in a squeeze casting 2017 A wrought aluminium alloy. The effects of various casting parameters including squeeze pressure, melt temperature and die temperature were studied. Therefore, the objectives of the Taguchi method for the squeeze casting process are to establish the optimal combination of process parameters and to reduce the variation in quality between only a few experiments. The experimental results show that the squeeze pressure significantly affects the microstructure and the mechanical properties of 2017 A Al alloy.

  1. Crystallization of Low-alloyed Construction Cast Steel Modified with V and Ti

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    A. Studnicki

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper crystallization studies of low-alloyed construction cast steel were presented for different additions of chromium, nickel and molybdenum modified with vanadium and titanium. Studies were conducted using developed TDA stand, which additionally enabled evaluation of cooling rate influence on crystallization process of investigated alloys.

  2. Influence of casting procedures on the corrosion resistance of clinical dental alloys containing palladium.

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    Viennot, Stéphane; Lissac, Michèle; Malquarti, Guillaume; Dalard, Francis; Grosgogeat, Brigitte

    2006-05-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the in vitro corrosion resistance in artificial saliva of two palladium-silver alloys (a Pd-Ag (Pors on 4) and an Ag-Pd (Palliag LTG)), with and without casting defects; 1 nickel-chrome alloy and 1 high-gold alloy, cast under recommended conditions, served as controls. For each of the palladium-based alloys, three specimens corresponding to three different casting conditions were used: under recommended conditions, with the use of a graphite-containing investment and crucible, and by reusing the sprues and sprue button. The electrochemical tests were run in Fusayama-Meyer artificial saliva. The open-circuit potential was recorded in mV/SCE at t=24h. Then, potentiodynamic polarization was performed to measure the polarization resistance (R(p)) in kOmega cm(2) and the corrosion current (i(corr)) in microA cm(-2). Data were evaluated with one-way analysis of variance and multiple comparisons test (alpha=0.05). In addition, each specimen was examined by scanning electron microscopy. Compared to the control alloys, the electrochemical experiments in artificial saliva indicated satisfactory corrosion resistance for the Pd-Ag and Ag-Pd alloys; these results are related to their high noble metal content and stable substructure. The Pd-Ag alloy displayed superior electrochemical properties to those of the Ag-Pd alloy regardless of the casting condition. The use of the graphite-containing crucible and investment during the cast process did not dramatically reduce the corrosion resistance values, but the reuse of sprues and the sprue button did. The optimal corrosion resistance values were obtained for the alloys cast according to the recommended conditions.

  3. Section thickness-dependent tensile properties of squeeze cast magnesium alloy AM60

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    Xuezhi Zhang

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The development of alternative casting processes is essential for the high demand of light weight magnesium components to be used in the automotive industry, which often contain different section thicknesses. Squeeze casting with its inherent advantages has been approved for the capability of minimizing the gas porosity in magnesium alloys. For advanced engineering design of light magnesium automotive applications, it is critical to understand the effect of section thickness on mechanical properties of squeeze cast magnesium alloys. In this study, magnesium alloy AM60 with different section thicknesses of 6, 10 and 20 mm squeeze cast under an applied pressure of 30 MPa was investigated. The prepared squeeze cast AM60 specimens were tensile tested at room termperature. The results indicate that the mechanical properties including yield strength (YS, ultimate tensile strength (UTS and elongation (A decrease with an increase in section thickness of squeeze cast AM60. The microstructure analysis shows that the improvement in the tensile behavior of squeeze cast AM60 is primarily attributed to the low-gas porosity level and fine grain strucuture which result from the variation of cooling rate of different section thickness. The numerical simulation (Magmasoft? was employed to determine the solidification rates of each step, and the simulated results show that the solidification rate of the alloy decreases with an increase in the section thickness. The computed solidification rates support the experimental observation on grain structural development.

  4. Computation material science of structural-phase transformation in casting aluminium alloys

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    Golod, V. M.; Dobosh, L. Yu

    2017-04-01

    Successive stages of computer simulation the formation of the casting microstructure under non-equilibrium conditions of crystallization of multicomponent aluminum alloys are presented. On the basis of computer thermodynamics and heat transfer during solidification of macroscale shaped castings are specified the boundary conditions of local heat exchange at mesoscale modeling of non-equilibrium formation the solid phase and of the component redistribution between phases during coalescence of secondary dendrite branches. Computer analysis of structural - phase transitions based on the principle of additive physico-chemical effect of the alloy components in the process of diffusional - capillary morphological evolution of the dendrite structure and the o of local dendrite heterogeneity which stochastic nature and extent are revealed under metallographic study and modeling by the Monte Carlo method. The integrated computational materials science tools at researches of alloys are focused and implemented on analysis the multiple-factor system of casting processes and prediction of casting microstructure.

  5. Study on hardness and microstructural characteristics of sand cast Al–Si–Cu alloys

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    Muzaffer Zeren; Erdem Karakulak

    2009-12-01

    In this study, the influence of Cu content on the hardness and microstructural characteristics of sand cast Al–Si–Cu alloys have been investigated. Al–Si alloys with 2% and 5% Cu have been utilized for this purpose. Solidification of Al–Si–Cu alloys have been realized by melting in a gas furnace with a crucible and casting in green sand molds at 690°C. The solution treatment has been performed at 500°C for 7 h and then specimens were quenched in water. The samples have been aged at 190°C for 15 h to observe the effect of aging on mechanical properties.

  6. Structure and Properties of Cast Near-Congruent Copper-Manganese Alloys

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    Chaput, Kevin; Trumble, Kevin P.

    2014-10-01

    Microstructure development in the casting of copper-manganese alloys based on the congruent point at 34.6 wt pct Mn and 1146 K (873 °C) has been studied. The alloys were prepared by induction melting of electrolytic Cu and Mn in clay-graphite crucibles in open air. Under conventional casting conditions, the alloys exhibit fine cellular (non-dendritic) solidification morphology with a distinct absence of solidification shrinkage microporosity, and they maintain these attributes over a composition range of approximately 3 wt pct Mn about the congruent point. The high Mn concentration in the alloy admits carbon into solution in the melt, resulting in formation of manganese carbide Mn7C3 particles having two different forms (globular and angular) in the cast microstructure. The Mn carbide was eliminated or controlled to low levels by melting in an alumina or a silicon carbide crucible, or in a clay-graphite crucible at lower temperatures. Microstructure development in casting the alloy was analyzed in terms of the available phase diagrams and thermochemical data. Hardness and tensile testing indicated a potent solid solution strengthening effect of Mn and high ductility in the as-cast condition, with additional hardness (strength) when the alloy contains the Mn carbide phase.

  7. New Technique of Casting-rolling Strips for Semi-solid Magnesium Alloys

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    Shuisheng XIE; Maopeng GENG; Xinmin ZHOU; Ying ZHANG; Songyang ZHANG; Yanchun WANG; Guojie HUANG

    2005-01-01

    The conjugation of semi-solid process technique and casting-rolling technique applied to produce the magnesium strips was studied. The semi-solid slurry hasbeen prepared continuously by the mechanical method and its temperature was controlled strictly at the same time. AZ91D and AZ31 casting magnesium alloys were applied to the experiment.The casting-rolling strips with non-dendritic structure were obtained and its main mechanical property is better. The process ability of the casting-rolling strips was studied. It is significative to link the semi-solid process techniques and casting-rolling techniques, through which we can get high quality magnesium alloy strips with non- dendritic structure and improve the overall properties of the products.

  8. Marginal and internal adaptation of commercially pure titanium and titanium-aluminum-vanadium alloy cast restorations.

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    Al Wazzan, Khalid A; Al-Nazzawi, Ahmad A

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the marginal accuracy and internal fit of complete cast crowns and three-unit fixed partial dentures (FPDs) cast with commercially pure titanium (CPTi) and Titanium-Aluminum-Vanadium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V). CPTi and Ti-6Al-4V alloy were used to cast twelve single crowns and twelve three-unit FPDs. A traveling microscope was used to measure marginal gap and discrepancies in internal fit. Two and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) analyses were used to determine the effects of the marginal and internal fit discrepancies. The Ti-6Al-4V alloy demonstrated a significantly smaller marginal gap than CPTi (Pcast by CPTi or Ti-6Al-4V alloy were within the range of what is clinically acceptable for longevity of restorations.

  9. New bulk glassy alloys in Cu-Zr-Ag ternary system prepared by casting and milling

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    Janovszky, D.; Tomolya, K.; Sveda, M.; Solyom, J.; Roosz, A.

    2009-01-01

    The thermal stability, crystallization behaviour and glass forming ability of Cu-Zr-Ag system have been investigated on the basis of a ternary phase diagram. We altered the concentration of the alloys from the Cu58Zr42 to the concentration of the deep eutectic point of the Cu-Zr-Ag ternary system and we calculated the glass forming ability parameters. This paper summerises the results of the procedure during which Cu-Zr-Ag amorphous alloys with different Ag content (0-25%) were prepared by casting and ball-milling. Wedge-shaped samples were prepared from the ingots by centrifugal casting into copper mold. The supercooled liquid region (ΔTx) exceeded 75K. Following the characterization of the cast alloys, master alloys of identical composition were milled in a Fritsch Pulverisette 2 ball-mill. The powders, milled for various periods of time were analysed by XRD in order to define the amorphous fraction.

  10. Simulation of fuzzy control systems for nonferrous alloy vacuum counter-pressure casting

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    YAN Qing-song; CAI Qi-zhou; WEI Bo-kang; YU Huan; YU Zi-rong

    2005-01-01

    Through simulation analyses of vacuum counter-pressure casting fuzzy control systems based on MATLAB, fuzzy control systems designed by simulation can track technical route established well. When transmission functions of vacuum counter-pressure casting controlled objects are changed in operation, fuzzy control systems can carry on self-regulation and stabilize quickly, and embody the advantages of fleet response velocity and little adjusting quantity. The design of vacuum counter-pressure casting fuzzy control systems is accelerated and improved greatly by simulation based on MATLAB. Meanwhile, their design is accurate and reliable. Moreover, microstructure and properties of thin-wall aluminum alloy castings are improved effectively by using fuzzy control systems.

  11. Mechanical properties and microstructural analysis of an AgPd alloy cast under different temperatures

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    Olivieri, Karina Andrea Novaes; Faculdade de Odontologia de São José dos Campos - UNESP; Neisser, Maximiliano Piero; Bottino, Marco Antônio; Milton Edson MIRANDA; Wernek, Rafael Dario

    2010-01-01

    The metal restorations are used in Dentistry a long time ago. Nowadays we have resources that can get casting more accurate, with new material and equipments and techniques more precise. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the metallurgical and mechanical aspects of the AgPd dental alloy when it was submitted to different casting temperatures. It was used 30 specimens, divided in three groups (n=10): a) control group (no cast); b) casting temperature in accordance wi...

  12. Effect of Neodymium on As-Cast Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AZ31 Wrought Alloy

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    Li Mingzhao; Fan Jinping; Zhang Junyuan; Liu Xuguang; Xu Bingshe

    2007-01-01

    Nd in the form of powder or intermediate alloy was added to AZ31 wrought alloy. The as-obtained alloy was characterized and tested with respect to its microstructure and mechanical properties. The relationship between the microstructure, mechanical properties and tensile fracture mechanism were discussed, with relevant alloys as reference for comparison. Experimental results show that the same quantity of Nd was added into AZ31 in powder form or in intermediate alloy, the absorption rate of Nd reached only 10.8% for the former case and as high as 95% for the later case. Pure Nd powder was added, no new compound was detected, but it served as reductant and purified alloy melt, resulting in improving the tensile strength while Nd was added into AZ31 as Mg-Nd intermediate alloy. The compound Al2Nd and Mg12 Nd were formed in magnesium alloy, which were distributed in the matrix in the shapes of strip and particle, evidently refined the as-cast structure. The as-cast tensile strength (228MPa) of adding pure Nd powder approximated to the figure (245MPa) of adding Mg-Nd intermediate alloy. The tensile fracture mchanism of as-cast AZ31 transformed from cleavage fracture into quasi-cleavage fracture.

  13. Discrepancy measurements of copings prepared by three casting methods and two different alloys, on ITI implants

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    Siadat H.

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: An important criterion for success assessment of implant-supported prostheses is marginal fit. Vertical and horizontal discrepancy can result in loosening of the prosthetic screw, crestal bone resorption, peri-implantitis and loss of osseointegration. Despite careful attention to waxing, investing, and casting, marginal discrepancies are inevitable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the marginal gap and overhang in three casting methods with two different alloys in ITI implants.Materials and Methods: In this experimental in vitro study 48 analog abutments were randomly divided into six groups as follows: 1 burn out cap + BegoStar, 2 impression cap + BegoStar, 3 conventional wax up + BegoStar, 4 burn out cap + Verabond2, 5 impression cap + Verabond2, 6 conventional wax up + Verabond2. Waxing was done in 0.7 mm thickness verified by a digital gauge and a putty index was made for all groups. Reamer was used for correction of the finish line after casting in all groups. Castings were seated on analog abutments and embedded in acrylic resin. Specimens were sectioned by isomet instrument and polished and cleaned by ultrasonic cleaner for 10 min. The marginal gap and overextended margins of castings were examined under a  Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM (X200. The mean gap and margin overextension were calculated for each group. Data were analyzed by multivariate analysis and Bonferroni post-hoc test with p<0.05 as the level of significance.Results: No significant difference in gap size was observed among the three casting methods with two alloys (P=0.056. The marginal gap was not different in the studied casting methods (P=0.092. Gold alloy crowns showed lower marginal gaps compared to base metal alloy crowns (P<0.001. No significant difference in overhang size was observed among casting methods with two alloys (P=0.093. Base metal alloy crowns showed less overhang compared to gold alloy crowns (P<0.001. There was a

  14. The effect of zinc on the microstructure and phase transformations of casting Al-Cu alloys

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    Manasijević Ivana I.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Copper is one of the main alloying elements for aluminum casting alloys. As an alloying element, copper significantly increases the tensile strength and toughness of alloys based on aluminum. The copper content in the industrial casting aluminum alloys ranges from 3,5 to 11 wt.%. However, despite the positive effect on the mechanical properties, copper has a negative influence on the corrosion resistance of aluminum and its alloys. In order to further improve the properties of Al-Cu alloys they are additional alloyed with elements such as zinc, magnesium and others. In this work experimental and analytical examination of the impact of zinc on the microstructure and phase transformations of Al-Cu alloys was carried out. In order to determine the effect of the addition of zinc to the structure and phase transformations of Al-Cu alloys two alloys of Al-Cu-Zn system with selected compositions were prepared and then examined using scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDX. The experimental results were compared with the results of thermodynamic calculations of phase equilibria.

  15. Gradual solution heat treatment of AlSiCuMg cast alloys

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    WANG Guiqing; BIAN Xiufang; ZHANG Junyan

    2003-01-01

    The microstmcture characteristics of AlSiCuMg cast alloys were studied with different Cu content and the gradual solution treatment by DSC, SEM, TEM and mechanical method. The melting point of α(Al) + Si decreases and polynary eutectic phases with low melting point form with increase of Cu content. Gradual solution treatment includes two steps:solution treating near the melting point of polynary eutectic phase to take it dissolve first, and then increasing solution temperature to take the remainder copper intermetallics dissolved into o(Al). Grain boundaries melting can be avoided by gradual solution treatment, even the maximum solution temperature is above final solidification point, and the age hardening response increases correspondingly.

  16. Mechanical behavior of silver alloys used as cast post and core in maxillary incisors

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    Levy Neto Flaminio

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available This experimental "in vitro" investigation is mainly concerned with the mechanical behavior of twenty plastic analogous simulating endodonticaly treated maxillary central incisor roots, divided in two groups, which were restored with: (i silver (10 specimens, Ag - 80%; and (ii silver - palladium (10 specimens, Ag - 58.5% / Pd - 27.4% cast alloys. All the restored analogous were clamped inside stainless steel cylinders filled with acrylic resin, and were tested to failure in an INSTRON machine. The static compressive loads were applied with an inclination of 45° relatively to the longitudinal direction of the teeth. On average, the specimens restored with Ag- Pd presented higher values of final failure load (i.e. fracture or excessive plastic bending and stiffness. On the other hand, those restored with Ag presented average proportional limit loads which were, in comparison, about 5% higher.

  17. 3D Stochastic Modeling of Grain Structure for Aluminum Alloy Casting

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    Qingyan XU; Weiming FENG; Baicheng LIU

    2003-01-01

    A 3D stochastic modeling was carried out to simulate the dendritic grains during solidification of aluminum alloys,including time-dependent calculations for temperature field, solute redistribution in liquid, curvature of the dendritictip, and growth anisotropy. The nucleation process was treated by continuous nucleation. A 3D simplified grainshape model was established to represent the equiaxed dendritic grain. Based on the Cellular Automaton method,a grain growth model was proposed to capture the neighbor cells of the nucleated cell. During growing, each graincontinues to capture the nearest neighbor cells to form the final shape. When a neighbor cell was captured by othergrains, the grain growth along this direction would be stopped. Three-dimensional calculations were performed tosimulate the evolution of dendritic grain. In order to verify the modeling results, the predictions were compared withthe observation on samples cast in the sand mold and the metal mold.

  18. EFFECT OF ALLOYING ON TEMPERATURE OF TRANSFORMATION «PEARLITE – AUSTENITE» IN COMPLEX-ALLOYED WHITE CAST IRONS

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    2014-01-01

    Purpose. Pearlite is not accepted in the microstructure of wear resistant steels and cast irons. To prevent the pearlite by means of appropriate selection of mode of quenching requires the knowledge of the temperature of the critical points Ac1 and Ac3 for various steels and cast irons. Purpose of work is determine the effect of V (5-10%) and Cr (up to 9%) on the temperature range of the phase-structural transformation "pearlite®austenite in the complex-alloyed V-Cr-Mn-Ni white cast irons wit...

  19. Effects of Eutectic Si Particles on Mechanical Properties and Fracture Toughness of Cast A356 Aluminum Alloys

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    Lee, Kyu Hong; Lee, Sung Hak [Pohang Univ. of Institute of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kwon, Yong Nam [Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-01-15

    The present study aims at investigating the effects of eutectic Si particles on mechanical properties and fracture toughness of three A356 aluminum alloys. These A356 alloys were fabricated by casting processes such as rheo-casting, squeeze-casting, and casting-forging, and their mechanical properties and fracture toughness were analyzed in relation with microfracture mechanism study. All the cast A356 alloys contained eutectic Si particles mainly segregated along solidification cells, and the distribution of Si particles was modified by squeeze-casting and casting-forging processes. Microfracture observation results showed that eutectic Si particles segregated along cells were cracked first, but that aluminum matrix played a role in blocking crack propagation. Tensile properties and fracture toughness of the squeeze cast and cast-forged alloys having homogeneous distribution of eutectic Si particles were superior to those of the rheo-cast alloy. In particular, the cast-forged alloy had excellent hardness, strength, ductility, and fracture toughness because of the matrix strengthening and homogeneous distribution of eutectic Si particles due to forging process.

  20. Development of Deformation-Semisolid-Casting (D-SSC) Process and Applications to Some Aluminum Alloys

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    2008-01-01

    Recent advances in the semisolid casting technologies are introduced for aluminum alloys. The advantages of the rheocast and thixocast methods to fabricate alloys with refined spheroidized α-Al particles are described.The deformation-semisolid-casting (D-SSC) process developed by the author's group is presented. The D-SSC process is extremely effective to produce microstructures of refined intermetallic compound particles as well as the spheroidized α-Al particles in the Al-Si based alloys containing highly concentrated Fe. In the D-SSC processed Al-Si-Cu alloy high elongation of about 20% was achieved even contained concentrated impurity of Fe. The D-SSC process is also useful to produce wrought aluminum alloys with microstructures of refined α-Al particles.

  1. Design optimization of cast Cu-Al-Be-B alloys for high clamping capacity

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    2004-01-01

    This paper investigated high-damping Cu-Al-Be-B cast alloys using metallographic analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electrical resistance measurements for transformation temperatures. The results showed that beryllium can stabilize β phase, resulting in a thermo-elastic martensite microstructure leading to high-damping capacity in cast Cu-Al-BeB alloys. Trace additions of boron to Cu-Al-Be alloys can significantly refine the grains, providing high strength and ductility to the alloys. A factorial design of experiment method was used to optimize the composition and properties of cast Cu-Al-BeB alloys. The optimal microstructure for thermo-elastic martensite can be obtained by adjusting the amounts of aluminum and beryllium to eutectoid or pseudo-eutectoid compositions. An optimized cast Cu-Al-Be-B alloy was developed to provide excellent mechanical properties, tensile strength σb = 767 MPa, elongation δ = 7.62 %, and damping capacity S. D.C =18.70%.

  2. Partial Remelting of Thixotropic Magnesium-Rare Earth Alloy from Near Non- Equilibrium- Liquidus Casting

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    2005-01-01

    After the investigation on partial remelting of thixotropic magnesium serial alloys (ZK60) by near non-equilibrium liquidus casting (NNLC), the primary solid grains of ZK60-2Ca alloy spheroidized notably during partial remelting processing, however, coarsening and polygonization as occurred holding time prolonged. The refining and globularity of the thixotropic alloys are promoted after further alloyed by Y, RE, Nd and/or Ag, and the results vary with those addition. The remelting structure of ZK60-2Ca-1Y alloy is finer than its base alloy. And the effect of RE, especially Ag, on the refinement of microstructure is notable, but Nd does nothing on it. There is little impact of remelting temperature fluctuation on partial remelted microstructure as holding time in general. On the contrary, it is more sensitive at longer holding time. The quality thixotropic silver-contained alloy can be achieved by remelted partially at 600 ℃ for 10 min.

  3. Effect of Zr on behavior of compressive creep in as cast ZA27 alloy

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    魏晓伟; 沈保罗

    2003-01-01

    The effect of Zr on the behavior of compressive creep in as cast ZA27 alloy was investigated in the temperature range of 20-160 ℃ and under different compressive stresses in the range of 50-137.5 MPa with special apparatus. The results show that the primary compressive creep strains and steady creep rates of ZA27-Zr alloy and ZA27 alloy increase with increasing temperature and stress. However, the primary compressive creep strain and steady creep rate of the ZA27-Zr alloy are lower than that of the ZA27 alloy below 100 ℃, but higher at 160 ℃. The compressive creep behaviors in both ZA27-Zr alloy and ZA27 alloy obey an empirical equation lnt=C-nlnσ+Q/RT, and the exponent stress n is 3.63 for ZA27-Zr alloy and 3.46 for ZA27 alloy, respectively, the activation energy Q is 87.32 kJ/mol for ZA27-Zr alloy and 81.09 kJ/mol for ZA27 alloy. Different material structural constants are associated with different compressive creep behaviors in the alloy. The compressive creep rate in the alloy is controlled by the lattice diffusion of zinc and dislocation limb.

  4. Fiber laser cladding of nickel-based alloy on cast iron

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    Arias-González, F., E-mail: felipeag@uvigo.es [Applied Physics Dpt., University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, Vigo E-36310 (Spain); Val, J. del [Applied Physics Dpt., University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, Vigo E-36310 (Spain); Comesaña, R. [Materials Engineering, Applied Mechanics and Construction Dpt., University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, Vigo E-36310 (Spain); Penide, J.; Lusquiños, F.; Quintero, F.; Riveiro, A.; Boutinguiza, M.; Pou, J. [Applied Physics Dpt., University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, Vigo E-36310 (Spain)

    2016-06-30

    Highlights: • Fiber laser cladding of Ni-based alloy on cast iron was experimentally studied. • Two different types of cast iron have been analyzed: gray and ductile cast iron. • Suitable processing parameters to generate a Ni-based coating were determined. • Dilution is higher in gray cast iron samples than in ductile cast iron. • Ni-based coating presents higher hardness than cast iron but similar Young's modulus. - Abstract: Gray cast iron is a ferrous alloy characterized by a carbon-rich phase in form of lamellar graphite in an iron matrix while ductile cast iron presents a carbon-rich phase in form of spheroidal graphite. Graphite presents a higher laser beam absorption than iron matrix and its morphology has also a strong influence on thermal conductivity of the material. The laser cladding process of cast iron is complicated by its heterogeneous microstructure which generates non-homogeneous thermal fields. In this research work, a comparison between different types of cast iron substrates (with different graphite morphology) has been carried out to analyze its impact on the process results. A fiber laser was used to generate a NiCrBSi coating over flat substrates of gray cast iron (EN-GJL-250) and nodular cast iron (EN-GJS-400-15). The relationship between processing parameters (laser irradiance and scanning speed) and geometry of a single laser track was examined. Moreover, microstructure and composition were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The hardness and elastic modulus were analyzed by means of micro- and nanoindentation. A hardfacing coating was generated by fiber laser cladding. Suitable processing parameters to generate the Ni-based alloy coating were determined. For the same processing parameters, gray cast iron samples present higher dilution than cast iron samples. The elastic modulus is similar for the coating and the substrate, while the Ni

  5. 75 FR 54596 - Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review: Heavy Iron Construction Castings from Brazil

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    2010-09-08

    ... International Trade Administration Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review: Heavy Iron Construction Castings... of the countervailing duty order (``CVD'') on heavy iron construction castings from Brazil pursuant... review of the CVD order on iron construction castings from Brazil pursuant to section 751(c) of the...

  6. Solidification and casting

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    Cantor, Brian

    2002-01-01

    INDUSTRIAL PERSPECTIVEDirect chillcasting of aluminium alloysContinuous casting of aluminium alloysContinuous casting of steelsCastings in the automotive industryCast aluminium-silicon piston alloysMODELLING AND SIMULATIONModelling direct chill castingMold filling simulation of die castingThe ten casting rulesGrain selection in single crystal superalloy castingsDefects in aluminium shape castingPattern formation during solidificationPeritectic solidificationSTRUCTURE AND DEFECTSHetergeneous nucleation in aluminium alloysCo

  7. Failure behavior of high pressure die casting AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    Li, X.; Xiong, S.M. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology, Ministry of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Guo, Z., E-mail: zhipeng_guo@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology, Ministry of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2016-08-30

    The failure behavior of high pressure die casting AZ91D magnesium alloy during both tensile and fatigue tests was studied in situ by using scanning electron microscope. Attention was focused on the role of microstructure played in crack initiation and propagation. Results showed that the defects in castings, including gas pore, shrinkage pore and defect band, were the crack initiation sources. In tensile test, the crack propagated in a combination of intergranular and transgranular modes, and the specimen fractured by connecting defects at the section with minimum effective force bearing area. In fatigue test, the crack propagated in a transgranular mode at specific crystalline planes. When the crack was in contact with the β-phase, the crack would pass through, and fracture the network β-phase, whereas bypass the island β-phase by detaching it from the surrounding α-Mg grains. Besides, defects in front of the crack would act as the secondary crack initiation sources, from which new cracks would initiate and propagate. With the propagation of the fatigue crack, the actual maximum cyclic stress would increase to the fracture stress of the left cross section and lead to the final fracture of the specimen.

  8. Fatigue Life of Cast Titanium Alloys Under Simulated Denture Framework Displacements

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    Koike, Mari; Chan, Kwai S.; Hummel, Susan K.; Mason, Robert L.; Okabe, Toru

    2013-02-01

    The objective of the study was to evaluate the hypothesis that the mechanical properties and fatigue behavior of removable partial dentures (RPD) made from cast titanium alloys can be improved by alloying with low-cost, low-melting elements such as Cu, Al, and Fe using commercially pure Ti (CP-Ti) and Ti-6Al-4V as controls. RPD specimens in the form of rest-shaped, clasp, rectangular-shaped specimens and round-bar tensile specimens were cast using an experimental Ti-5Al-5Cu alloy, Ti-5Al-1Fe, and Ti-1Fe in an Al2O3-based investment with a centrifugal-casting machine. The mechanical properties of the alloys were determined by performing tensile tests under a controlled displacement rate. The fatigue life of the RPD specimens was tested by the three-point bending in an MTS testing machine under a cyclic displacement of 0.5 mm. Fatigue tests were performed at 10 Hz at ambient temperature until the specimens failed into two pieces. The tensile data were statistically analyzed using one-way ANOVA (α = 0.05) and the fatigue life data were analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier survival analysis (α = 0.05). The experimental Ti-5Al-5Cu alloy showed a significantly higher average fatigue life than that of either CP-Ti or Ti-5Al-1Fe alloy ( p casting pores. Among the alloys tested, the Ti-5Al-5Cu alloy exhibited favorable results in fabricating dental appliances with an excellent fatigue behavior compared with other commercial alloys.

  9. Tensile Properties of Al-Cu 206 Cast Alloys with Various Iron Contents

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    Liu, K.; Cao, X.; Chen, X.-G.

    2014-05-01

    The Al-Cu 206 cast alloys with varying alloy compositions ( i.e., different levels of Fe, Mn, and Si) were investigated to evaluate the effect of the iron-rich intermetallics on the tensile properties. It is found that the tensile strength decreases with increasing iron content, but its overall loss is less than 10 pct over the range of 0.15 to 0.5 pct Fe at 0.3 pct Mn and 0.3 pct Si. At similar iron contents, the tensile properties of the alloys with dominant Chinese script iron-rich intermetallics are generally higher than those with the dominant platelet phase. In the solution and artificial overaging condition (T7), the tensile strength of the 206 cast alloys with more than 0.15 pct Fe is satisfactory, but the elongation does not sufficiently meet the minimum requirement of ductility (>7 pct) for critical automotive applications. However, it was found that both the required ductility and tensile strength can be reached at high Fe levels of 0.3 to 0.5 pct for the alloys with well-controlled alloy chemistry and microstructure in the solution and natural aging condition (T4), reinforcing the motivation for developing recyclable high-iron Al-Cu 206 cast alloys.

  10. A study of microstructure and properties of cast Fe-10Cr-1.5B alloy

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    Zhang Haibin

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, the microstructure and mechanical properties of cast Fe-10Cr-1.5B (FCB alloy after different heat treatments were studied. The results showed that the as-cast microstructure of FCB alloy consists of ?Fe, M(M=Cr, Fe, Mn2(B, C and M(M=Cr, Fe, Mn7(C, B3 type borocarbides, and small amounts of pearlite and austenite. After oil quenching treatment, metal matrix transformed into the martensite from the mixture of martensite, pearlite and austenite. There are many M(M=Cr,Fe,Mn23(C,B6 type borocarbide precipitates in the metal matrix, and eutectic borocarbide appears with an apparent disconnection and isolated phenomenon. When the quenching temperature reaches 1,050 oC, the hardness of FCB alloy is the highest, but the change of quenching temperature has no obvious effect on impact toughness of FCB alloy. After tempering, the eutectic microstructure of FCB alloy appears with a "two links" trend. With the increase of tempering temperature, the hardness of FCB alloy decreases gradually and impact toughness increases gradually. Cast FCB alloy oil-quenched from 1,050 oC and tempered from 200 oC has excellent combined properties; its hardness and impact toughness are 61.5 HRC and 8.8 J.m-2 respectively.

  11. Process for Producing a Cast Article from a Hypereutectic Aluminum-Silicon Alloy

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    Lee, Jonathan A. (Inventor); Chen, Po-Shou (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A process for making a cast article from an aluminum alloy includes first casting an article from an alloy having the following composition, in weight percent: Silicon (Si) 14.0-25.0, Copper (CU) 5.5-8.0, Iron (Fe) 0-0.8, Magnesium (Mg) 0.5-1.5, Nickel (Ni) 0.05-1.2, Manganese (Mn) 0-1.0, Titanium (Ti) 0.05-1.2, Zirconium (Zr) 0.12-1.2, Vanadium (V) 0.05-1.2, Zinc (Zn) 0-0.9, Phosphorus (P) 0.001-0.1, Aluminum, balance. In this alloy the ration of Si:Mg is 15-35, and the ratio of Cu:Mg is 4-15. After an article is cast from the alloy, the cast article is aged at a temperature within the range of 400 F to 500 F for a time period within the range of four to 16 hours. It has been found especially advantageous if the cast article is first exposed to a solutionizing step prior to the aging step. This solutionizing step is carried out by exposing the cast article to a temperature within the range of 875 F to 1025 F for a time period of fifteen minutes to four hours. It has also been found to be especially advantageous if the solutionizing step is followed directly with a quenching step, wherein the cast article is quenched in a quenching medium such as water at a temperature within the range of 120 F to 300 F. The resulting cast article is highly suitable in a number of high temperature applications, such as heavy-duty pistons for internal combustion engines.

  12. Microstructure Characteristics of the Eutectics of Die Cast AM60B Magnesium Alloy

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    Mengwu Wu; Shoumei Xiong

    2011-01-01

    Under the cold-chamber high pressure die casting (HPDC) process, samples were produced with AM60B magnesium alloy to investigate the microstructure characteristics of the eutectics, especially focusing on the constitution, morphology and distribution of the eutectics over cross section of the castings. Attentions were also paid to study the effect of heat treatment on the eutectics in the die castings. Based on experimental analysis using optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), it was determined that fully divorced eutectics consisting of a-Mg and β-Mg17Al12 appeared at the grain boundary of the primary α-Mg in the as-cast microstructure. Islands and networks of β-Mg17Al12 phase were observed in the central region of the castings, while the β-Mg17Al12 phase revealed a more dispersed and granular morphology on the surface layer. The two phases ratio β/α in the central region of the castings was approximately 10%, which was higher than that on the surface layer. Besides, the defect bands contained a higher percentage of the eutectics than the adjacent regions. After aging treatment (T6), only a-Mg phase was detected by XRD in the AM60B magnesium alloy, though a small amount of precipitated β-Mg17Al12 phase was observed at the grain boundary. In contrast to the microstructure of die cast AZ91D magnesium alloy under the same T6 heat treatment, no discontinuous precipitation of the β-Mg17Al12 phase was observed in AM60B magnesium alloy die castings.

  13. Microstructure And Mechanical Properties Of An Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy Produced By Gravity Casting Process

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    2015-01-01

    High-strength aluminum alloy are widely used for structural components in aerospace, transportation and racing car applications. The objective of this study is to enhance the strength of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy used for gravity casting process. All alloys cast into stepped-form sand mold (Sand-mold Casting; SC) and Y-block shaped metal mold(Permanent mold Casting; PC) C and then two –step aged at 398-423 K after solution treated at 743 K for 36 ks. The tensile strength and total elongation of t...

  14. Heat Transfer between Casting and Dieduring High Pressure Die Casting Process of AM50 Alloy-Modeling and Experimental Results

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    2008-01-01

    A method based on die casting experiments and mathematic modeling is presented for the determination of the heat flow density (HFD) and interfacial heat transfer coefficient (IHTC) during the high pressure die casting (HPDC) process. Experiments were carried out using step shape casting and a commercial magnesium alloy, AM50. Temperature profiles were measured and recorded using thermocouples embedded inside the die.Based on these temperature readings, the HFD and IHTC were successfully determined and the calculation results show that the HFD and IHTC at the metal-die interface increases sharply right after the fast phase injection process until approaching their maximum values, after which their values decrease to a much lower level until the dies are opened. Different patterns of heat transler behavior were found between the die and the castingat different thicknesses. The thinner the casting was, the more quickly the HFD and IHTC reached their steady states. Also, the values for both the HFD and IHTC values were different between die and casting at different thicknesses.

  15. Dimensional accuracy of small gold alloy castings. Part 4. The casting ring and ring liners.

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    Morey, E F

    1992-04-01

    The role of the casting ring and its asbestos liner is discussed. Asbestos as a liner has now largely been replaced by two alternative materials, one based on cellulose and the other on ceramic fibres. The limited literature on the effect of these newer materials on casting accuracy is also reviewed as their introduction may require significant changes in the traditional technology of dental casting.

  16. Equal Channel Angular Deformation (ECAD) of As-Cast AM60 Magnesium Alloy

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    Peng LUO; Xiaolin WU; Kenong XIA

    2003-01-01

    As-cast AM60 magnesium alloy ingot with grains coarser than those of as-extruded AZ series is more liable to produce cracks under ECAD with severe shear strain. A feasible scheme of equal channel angular deformation (ECAD) for as-cast AM60 magnesium alloy ingot was proposed in this paper. The tests were conducted on Instron machine with hydraulic back-force machine. Through analysing load vs displacement curves, the effects of ECAD processing conditions on deformability and microstructure of as-cast magnesium AM60 billets were discussed. During testing,the back-force employment was helpful to keep ECAD processing more stable. And with back-force, it was observed that the number of ECAD passes in different routes could tremendously affect the deformability and microstructure of magnesium specimens. It was concluded that ECAD processing is entirely feasible for as-cast magnesium AM60alloy under severe shear strain, and back-force employment, multi-passes deformation and lubrication of graphite paper are the factors primarily beneficial to improvement of deformability and refinement of grained structure. This work provides a way to produce magnesium alloy with fine-grained structure directly from casting ingot by ECAD technique.

  17. EFFECT OF CASTING MOULD ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF 6063 ALUMINUM ALLOY

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    WASIU AJIBOLA AYOOLA

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Modern production methods for casting articles include the use of sand- mould, metal-mould, die, and centrifugal castings. Castings produced using sand mould is known to have peculiar microstructures depending on average size, distribution and shape of the moulding sand grains and the chemical composition of the alloy. These affect the surface finish, permeability and refractoriness of all the castings. In this paper, the effect of using CO2 process, metal mould, cement-bonded sand mould and naturally-bonded sand mould on the hardness, tensile and impact strengths of as-cast 6063 Aluminum alloy is presented. The results show that there is significant increase in hardness(33.7 HB of the alloy when naturally-bonded sand mould is used for its production over that of metal, CO2 and cement moulds. The stress-strain curves behaviour of the samples also indicated that sample from naturally bonded sand has highest tensile strength with superior ductility. The alloy shows highest impact strength when metal mould is used for sample preparation in comparison with other moulds.

  18. The mechanism of the surface alloy layer creation for cast steel

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    A. Walasek

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a detailed description of the process of creation of a surface alloy layer (using high-carbon ferrochromium on the cast steel casting. The mechanism of the surface alloy layer is based on the known theories [5,6]. The proposed course of formation of the layers has been extended to decarburization stage of steel. The research included proving the presence of carbon-lean zone. The experiment included the analysis of the distribution of elements and microhardness measurement.

  19. Constitutive description of casting aluminum alloy based on cylindrical void-cell model

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    CHEN Bin; PENG Xiang-he; ZENG Xiang-guo; WU Xin-yan; SUN Shi-tao

    2006-01-01

    Casting aluminum alloys are highly heterogeneous materials with different types of voids that affect the mechanical properties of the material. Through the analysis ora cylindrical void-cell model the evolution equation of the voids was obtained. The evolution equation was embedded into a nonclassical elastoplastic constitutive relation, and an elastoplastic constitutive relation involving void evolution was obtained. A corresponding finite element procedure was developed and applied to the analyses of the distributions of the axial stress and porosity of notched cylindrical specimens of casting aluminum alloy A101. The computed results show good agreement with experimental data.

  20. Effects of the manufacturing process on fracture behaviour of cast TiAl intermetallic alloys

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    A. Brotzu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The γ -TiAl based intermetallic alloys are interesting candidate materials for high-temperature applications with the efforts being directed toward the replacement of Ni-based superalloys. TiAl-based alloys are characterised by a density (3.5-4 g/cm3 which is less than half of that of Ni-based superalloys, and therefore these alloys have attracted broad attention as potential candidate for high-temperature structural applications. Specific composition/microstructure combinations should be attained with the aim of obtaining good mechanical properties while maintaining satisfactory oxidation resistance, creep resistance and high temperature strength for targeted applications. Different casting methods have been used for producing TiAl based alloys. In our experimental work, specimens were produced by means of centrifugal casting. Tests carried out on several samples characterised by different alloy compositions highlighted that solidification shrinkage and solid metal contraction during cooling produce the development of relevant residual stresses that are sufficient to fracture the castings during cooling or to produce a delayed fracture. In this work, crack initiation and growth have been analysed in order to identify the factors causing the very high residual stresses that often produce explosive crack propagation throughout the casting.

  1. Design and Processing of Bimetallic Aluminum Alloys by Sequential Casting Technique

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    Karun, Akhil S.; Hari, S.; Ebhota, Williams S.; Rajan, T. P. D.; Pillai, U. T. S.; Pai, B. C.

    2017-01-01

    Sequential casting is a facile and fairly new technique to produce functionally graded materials (FGMs) and components by controlled mold filling process. In the present investigation, functionally graded bimetallic aluminum alloys are produced by sequential gravity casting using A390-A319 and A390-A6061 alloy combinations. The control in pouring time between two melts has shown a significant effect on the quality and nature of interface bonding. The microstructure reveals good interface miscibility achieved through diffusion bonding between the alloys. A higher hardness of 160 BHN in the A390 region is obtained in both sequential cast systems, and a minimum value of 105 and 91 BHN is observed in the A319 and A6061 regions, respectively. The tensile and compression strength for A390-A319 are 337 and 490 MPa, whereas for A390-A6061, they are 364 and 401 MPa, respectively, which are significantly higher compared with the standard values of the base alloys, which confirms strong interface bonding. The A390 region shows higher wear resistance compared with other regions of the sequential cast system. The process described in this study is a potential and efficient approach to create good bonding between two different aluminum alloys to develop advanced functional and structural materials.

  2. Predictions of precipitation reaction mechanisms for 7xxx series aluminum alloys cast by CDS technique

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    Sobrino, Luca

    The need to reduce the fleet fuel consumption is pushing the automotive industry to reduce vehicles weight. In this context high strength aluminum alloys are a viable alternative to the heavier steel currently adopted. In particular 7xxx series wrought alloys, thanks to their excellent strength to weight ratio, are drawing the attention of carmakers. The development of the Controlled Diffusion Solidification (CDS) technique allows now the casting of these alloys into near net shapes, thus reducing all the costs related to the manufacturing process and making them attractive. Because of the completely different microstructure resulting from the CDS process, a new design of the heat treatments is required to achieve the best mechanical properties. This project therefore evaluates the macro and microhardness evolution of CDS cast 7xxx alloys in T4 and T6 conditions to predict their precipitation sequence, thus providing useful information for the heat treatments design.

  3. Microstructure and mechanical properties of high strength as-cast Ti-15-3 alloy

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    丁宏升; 周建中; 贾均; 郭景杰; 苏彦庆; 傅恒志

    2002-01-01

    The effects of heat treatment and solidification cooling rate on the microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Ti-15-3 alloy prepared by induction skull melting method were investigated. Results show that the microstructure of as-cast Ti-15-3 alloy changes from the features of simplified and larger size of beta grains to finer grain size with increasing solidification cooling rate. After solution treatment and different ageing treatment, alpha phase precipitates in grains interior as well as in grain boundaries. Due to the modification of the precipitate phase, the tensile strength and elongation of the alloy are improved simultaneously. A good combination of the values of 1.406GPa of σb and 4.5% of δ was obtained, which will be satisfied the use of this kind of alloy in critical areas.

  4. Mg-Al Alloys Manufactured by Casting and Hot Working Process

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    2008-01-01

    Mechanical properties of Mg-Al based alloys at different fabrication state, namely as-cast, hot rolled, and annealed, were investigated to develop the alloys that are suitable for the casting/hot working process. Experimental results indicated that the castability such as hot cracking resistance tends to improve with increasing the aluminum content. However, the elongation at elevated temperatures was observed to decrease as the Al content increases, implying difficulties in hot forming. A small amount of Zr additions could significantly enhance the room temperature mechanical properties of hot-rolled Mg-6%Al-1%Zn alloy. The tendency of remarkable grain coarsening at high temperatures was effectively reduced by the Zr additions. TEM analyses suggested that very fine Al3Zr precipitates formed in the Zr-added alloy are responsible for the obtained results.

  5. Optimization of Master Alloy Amount and Gating System Design for Ductile Cast Iron Obtain in Lost Foam Process

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    Just, P.; R. Kaczorowski; T. Pacyniak

    2013-01-01

    The paper presents the optimization of master alloy amount for the high nodular graphite yield (80-90%) in cast iron obtain in lost foam process. The influence of the gating system configuration and the shape of the reaction chamber, the degree of spheroidisation cast iron was examined. Research has shown that the, optimal of master alloy amount of 1.5% by mass on casting iron. The degree of spheroidisation is also influenced by the gating system configuration. The best spheroidisation effect...

  6. Effect of Low Frequency Electromagnetic Field on Macrosegregation of Horizontal Direct Chill Casting Aluminum Alloys

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    Zhihao ZHAO; Jianzhong CUI; Jie DONG; Beijiang ZHANG

    2005-01-01

    The horizontal direct chill (HDC) casting process is a well-established production route for aluminum alloy ingot but the ingot may suffer from macrosegregation sometimes. In order to control the defect, a low frequency electromagnetic field has been applied in HDC casting process and the relevant influence has been studied. The results show that application of low frequency electromagnetic field can reduce macrosegregation in HDC casting process; and two main parameters of electromagnetic field density and frequency, have great influences on the solution distribution along the diameter of ingot. Moreover, the mechanisms of reduction of macrosegregation by electromagnetic field have been discussed.

  7. Microstructure character of AZ80 magnesium alloy ingots cast under electromagnetic vibration

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    GUO Shi-jie; LE Qi-chi; ZHAO Zhi-hao; CUI Jian-zhong

    2007-01-01

    Microstructure evolutions of an AZ80 magnesium alloy ingot with 300 mm in diameter cast with and without the electromagnetic vibration was investigated. The microstructures of the ingot cast with the conventional DC exhibited relatively fine dendritic grains at the surface area, but coarse dendritic grains at the 1/2 radius and large equiaxed dendritic grains at the center. However, under the electromagnetic vibration casting condition, the microstructures of the ingot is significantly refined, especially those at the surface and at the center.

  8. A Banding Structure in a Ni-Cu-Si Cast Alloy

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    Qi ZHENG; Yufeng ZHENG; Hongyu ZHANG; Xiaofeng SUN; Hengrong GUAN; Zhuangqi HU

    2008-01-01

    The solidified microstructure of a Ni-Cu-Si cast alloy has been investigated, and a kind of banding structure was observed. The results showed that, the banding structure was composed of coarser particles which were Ni3Si type of precipitates and similar to the fine particles precipitate uniformly distributed within matrix of Ni solid solution, in both crystal structure and composition. The formation of bandings was resulted from cast thermal stress and dislocation walls. It was found that the cracks propagated along these bandings in tensile test. The banding structure can be depressed by reducing the cast thermal stress, which can improve the Qtensile ductility.

  9. Development in corrosion resistance by microstructural refinement in Zr-16 SS 304 alloy using suction casting technique

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    Das, N., E-mail: nirupamd@barc.gov.in; Sengupta, P.; Abraham, G.; Arya, A.; Kain, V.; Dey, G.K.

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Grain refinement was made in Zr–16 wt.% SS alloy while prepared by suction casting process. • Distribution of Laves phase, e.g., Zr{sub 2}(Fe, Cr) was raised in suction cast (SC) Zr–16 wt.% SS. • Corrosion resistance was improved in SC alloy compared to that of arc-melt-cast alloy. • Grain refinement in SC alloy assisted for an increase in its corrosion resistance. - Abstract: Zirconium (Zr)-stainless steel (SS) hybrid alloys are being considered as baseline alloys for developing metallic-waste-form (MWF) with the motivation of disposing of Zr and SS base nuclear metallic wastes. Zr–16 wt.% SS, a MWF alloy optimized from previous studies, exhibit significant grain refinement and changes in phase assemblages (soft phase: Zr{sub 2}(Fe, Cr)/α-Zr vs. hard phase: Zr{sub 3}(Fe, Ni)) when prepared by suction casting (SC) technique in comparison to arc-cast-melt (AMC) route. Variation in Cr-distribution among different phases are found to be low in suction cast alloy, which along with grain refinement restricted Cr-depletion at the Zr{sub 2}(Fe, Cr)/Zr interfaces, prone to localized attack. Hence, SC alloy, compared to AMC alloy, showed lower current density, higher potential at the breakdown of passivity and higher corrosion potential during polarization experiments (carried out under possible geological repository environments, viz., pH 8, 5 and 1) indicating its superior corrosion resistance.

  10. Rapid air film continuous casting of aluminum alloy using static magnetic field

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    Fu QU; Huixue JIANG; Gaosong WANG; Qingfeng ZHU; Xiangjie WANG; Jianzhong CUI

    2009-01-01

    The influences of the cooling style and static magnetic field on the air film casting process were investigated. Ingots of 6063 aluminum alloy were produced by AIRSOL VEIL casting with double-layer cooling water and static magnetic field. Surface segregation, hot crack and variation of solute content along the radius direction of ingot were examined. The results showed that double-layer cooling water can improve the surface quality and avoid of hot crack, which created conditions to increase the casting speed. The electromagnetic casting process can effectively improve the surface quality in high speed casting process, and static magnetic field has a great influence on solute distribution along the radius direction of ingot.

  11. Effects of selected casting methods on mechanical behaviour of Al-Mg-Si alloy

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    Henry Kayode TALABI

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the effects of selected casting methods on mechanical behaviour of Al-Mg-Si alloy. The casting methods used was spin, sand and die casting, these were done with a view to determine which of the casting methods will produce the best properties. The pure aluminium scrap, magnesium and silicon were subjected to chemical analysis using spectrometric analyzer, thereafter the charge calculation to determine the amount needed to be charged into the furnace was properly worked out and charged into the crucible furnace from which as-cast aluminium was obtained. The mechanical properties of the casting produced were assessed by hardness and impact toughness test. The optical microscopy and experimental density and porosity were also investigated. From the results it was observed that magnesium and silicon were well dispersed in aluminium matrix of the spin casting. It was observed from visual examination after machining that there were minimal defects. It was also observed that out of the three casting methods, spin casting possesses the best mechanical properties (hardness and impact toughness.

  12. Texture analysis of cold rolled and annealed aluminum alloy produced by twin-roll casting

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    Juliana de Paula Martins; André Luis Moreira de Carvalho; Angelo Fernando Padilha

    2012-01-01

    A 7.4 mm thick strip of 3003 aluminum alloy produced by the industrial twin-roll casting (TRC) process was homogenized at 500 °C for 12 hours, after which it was cold rolled in two conditions: 1) to reduce the strip's thickness by 67%, and 2) to reduce it by 91%. The alloy was annealed at 400 °C for 1 hour in both conditions. The results revealed that a rotated cube texture, the {001}

  13. Effects of production parameters on characteristics of magnesium alloy sheets manufactured by twin-roll casting

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    H.Watari; Haga, T.; Davey, K.; Koga, N; Yamazaki, T.

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: : The purpose of the work is to establish a manufacturing process and technology to facilitate the economical manufacture of high-quality magnesium sheet alloys.Design/methodology/approach: Magnesium alloy AZ31B was used to investigate the appropriate manufacturing conditions for use in twin-roll strip casting. Temperatures of the molten materials and roll speeds were varied to find the appropriate manufacturing conditions. The effects of manufacturing conditions on possible forming ...

  14. Influence of samarium content on microstructure and mechanical properties of recycled die-cast YL112 aluminum alloys

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    Zhi Hu

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The influence of Sm (Samarium content on microstructure and mechanical properties of recycled die-cast YL112 aluminum alloys was investigated. The results show that many small Sm-rich particles form in the recycled die-cast YL112 alloys with Sm addition. At the same time, the secondary dendrite arm spacing in the YL112 alloys modified with Sm is smaller than that of the unmodified alloy. The eutectic Si of recycled die-cast YL112-xSm alloys transforms from coarse acicular morphology to fine fibres. Mechanical properties of the investigated recycled die-cast YL112 aluminum alloys are enhanced with Sm addition, and a maximal ultimate tensile strength value (276 MPa and elongation (3.76% are achieved at a Sm content of 0.6wt.%. Due to the modification of eutectic Si by Sm, numerous tearing ridges and tiny dimples on the fractures of tensile samples are observed.

  15. Gating Systems for Sizeable Castings from Al Alloys Cast into Ceramic Moulds

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    I. Stachovec

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In contrast to casting to conventional non-reusable “sand” moulds, for which calculating technique for an optimum design of the gating system is comparatively well-developed, a trial-and-error method is applied mostly for casting to ceramic shell moulds made by the investment casting technology. A technologist selects from gating systems of several types (that are standardized by the foundry mostly on the basis of experience. However, this approach is not sustainable with ever growing demands on quality of castings and also the economy of their fabrication as well as with new types of complex sizeable castings introduced to the production gradually (by new customers from the aircraft industry above all any more. The simulation software may be used as a possible tool for making the process of optimising gating systems more effective.

  16. Adhesion enhancement of titanium nitride coating on aluminum casting alloy by intrinsic microstructures

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    Nguyen, Chuong L.; Preston, Andrew; Tran, Anh T. T.; Dickinson, Michelle; Metson, James B.

    2016-07-01

    Aluminum casting alloys have excellent castability, high strength and good corrosion resistance. However, the presence of silicon in these alloys prevents surface finishing with conventional methods such as anodizing. Hard coating with titanium nitride can provide wear and corrosion resistances, as well as the aesthetic finish. A critical factor for a durable hard coating is its bonding with the underlying substrate. In this study, a titanium nitride layer was coated on LM25 casting alloy and a reference high purity aluminum substrate using Ion Assisted Deposition. Characterization of the coating and the critical interface was carried out by a range of complementing techniques, including SIMS, XPS, TEM, SEM/EDS and nano-indentation. It was observed that the coating on the aluminum alloy is stronger compared to that on the pure aluminum counterpart. Silicon particles in the alloy offers the reinforcement though mechanical interlocking at microscopic level, even with nano-scale height difference. This reinforcement overcomes the adverse effect caused by surface segregation of magnesium in aluminum casting alloys.

  17. EFFECT OF ANNEALING ON DAMPING CAPACITIES OF AS-CAST ZA27 ALLOY

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    Z.M. Zhang; J.C. Wang; H.Z. Liu; X.F. Guo

    2006-01-01

    ZA27 alloy was prepared by casting with permanent mold and then annealed at 250℃for 1-4h.The damping capacity of the alloy was measured using a testing apparatus based on the cantilever beam technique. It was found that the as-cast ZA27 alloy possesses high damping capacity with the value of 1.3 × 10-3 at 320Hz. After annealed at 250℃ for 1h, the damping capacity decreases to 1.1 × 10-3 and then remains constant even when the annealing time is increased to 4h. The microstructure of the as-cast ZA27 alloy consists of large dendrites of Al-rich primary α-phases, eutectoid (α + η) and nonequilibrium eutectic phases (α + η + ε). After annealing at 250℃ for 1h, the ε phase disappears due to dissolution into the matrix, and the spacing between the flakes of eutectoid increases. The further increase in the annealing time has little effect on the spacing. The damping mechanism of the alloy was discussed considering the thermoelastic damping and defect damping. The value of thermoelastic damping accounts only for 7%-8% in the overall damping in cantilever beam damping measurements and the damping capacity of the ZA27 alloy came mainly from defect damping.

  18. Influence of Composition on the Environmental Impact of a Cast Aluminum Alloy

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    Patricia Gómez

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The influence of alloy composition on the environmental impact of the production of six aluminum casting alloys (Al Si12Cu1(Fe, Al Si5Mg, Al Si9Cu3Zn3Fe, Al Si10Mg(Fe, Al Si9Cu3(Fe(Zn and Al Si9 has been analyzed. In order to perform a more precise environmental impact calculation, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA with ReCiPe Endpoint methodology has been used, with the EcoInvent v3 AlMg3 aluminum alloy dataset as a reference. This dataset has been updated with the material composition ranges of the mentioned alloys. The balanced, maximum and minimum environmental impact values have been obtained. In general, the overall impact of the studied aluminum alloys varies from 5.98 × 10−1 pts to 1.09 pts per kg, depending on the alloy composition. In the analysis of maximum and minimum environmental impact, the alloy that has the highest uncertainty is AlSi9Cu3(Fe(Zn, with a range of ±9%. The elements that contribute the most to increase its impact are Copper and Tin. The environmental impact of a specific case, an LED luminaire housing made out of an Al Si12Cu1(Fe cast alloy, has been studied, showing the importance of considering the composition. Significant differences with the standard datasets that are currently available in EcoInvent v3 have been found.

  19. Influence of Composition on the Environmental Impact of a Cast Aluminum Alloy.

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    Gómez, Patricia; Elduque, Daniel; Sarasa, Judith; Pina, Carmelo; Javierre, Carlos

    2016-05-25

    The influence of alloy composition on the environmental impact of the production of six aluminum casting alloys (Al Si12Cu1(Fe), Al Si5Mg, Al Si9Cu3Zn3Fe, Al Si10Mg(Fe), Al Si9Cu3(Fe)(Zn) and Al Si9) has been analyzed. In order to perform a more precise environmental impact calculation, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with ReCiPe Endpoint methodology has been used, with the EcoInvent v3 AlMg3 aluminum alloy dataset as a reference. This dataset has been updated with the material composition ranges of the mentioned alloys. The balanced, maximum and minimum environmental impact values have been obtained. In general, the overall impact of the studied aluminum alloys varies from 5.98 × 10(-1) pts to 1.09 pts per kg, depending on the alloy composition. In the analysis of maximum and minimum environmental impact, the alloy that has the highest uncertainty is AlSi9Cu3(Fe)(Zn), with a range of ±9%. The elements that contribute the most to increase its impact are Copper and Tin. The environmental impact of a specific case, an LED luminaire housing made out of an Al Si12Cu1(Fe) cast alloy, has been studied, showing the importance of considering the composition. Significant differences with the standard datasets that are currently available in EcoInvent v3 have been found.

  20. The lost-foam casting of aluminum alloy components

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    Shivkumar, S.; Wang, L.; Apelian, D.

    1990-11-01

    In the lost-foam casting process, liquid metal is poured directly onto a refractory-coated, foamed polymer pattern which is buried in loose sand. The polymer pattern undergoes thermal degradation and is gradually replaced by the molten metal, which solidifies and produces the casting. The inherent operating advantages of this innovative technique have generated considerable interest among casting manufacturers. Currently, the process is being utilized to manufacture a wide variety of ferrous and nonferrous components catering primarily to the automotive industry. Because the process is relatively new, there is a compelling need to quantify the influence of process parameters on microstructure and mechanical properties. Furthermore, the interaction of the thermal degradation products with the solidifying metal may produce several unique defects in the casting.

  1. A new approach to assess the effects of Sr and Bi interaction in ADC12 Al–Si die casting alloy

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    Farahany, Saeed, E-mail: saeedfarahany@gmail.com; Ourdjini, Ali; Abu Bakar, Tuty Asma; Idris, Mohd Hasbullah

    2014-01-10

    Highlights: • Interactive effect between Bi and Sr has been invesitigated comprehensively. • Sequence of addition did not affect thermal and microscopical characteristics. • A new map has been established to assess the final microstructure of castings. - Abstract: In the present paper, the possible interaction between bismuth and strontium in ADC12 die casting alloy was investigated comprehensively by using in situ thermal analysis technique. The characteristic temperatures including nucleation, minimum and growth temperatures of eutectic Al–Si were also analyzed. The results show that with Bi present in the Al–Si alloy melt the efficiency of Sr in modifying the eutectic Si is reduced. A threshold Sr/Bi ratio of at least 0.5 is required for a fully modified Si structure to form. A new map based on the characteristic temperatures, Sr/Bi ratio and microstructure, was established to assess the microstructure of fully solidified Al–Si castings.

  2. Process Modeling of Low-Pressure Die Casting of Aluminum Alloy Automotive Wheels

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    Reilly, C.; Duan, J.; Yao, L.; Maijer, D. M.; Cockcroft, S. L.

    2013-09-01

    Although on initial inspection, the aluminum alloy automotive wheel seems to be a relatively simple component to cast based on its shape, further insight reveals that this is not the case. Automotive wheels are in a select group of cast components that have strict specifications for both mechanical and aesthetic characteristics due to their important structural requirements and their visibility on a vehicle. The modern aluminum alloy automotive wheel continues to experience tightened tolerances relating to defects to improve mechanical performance and/or the physical appearance. Automotive aluminum alloy wheels are assessed against three main criteria: wheel cosmetics, mechanical performance, and air tightness. Failure to achieve the required standards in any one of these categories will lead to the wheel either requiring costly repair or being rejected and remelted. Manufacturers are becoming more reliant on computational process modeling as a design tool for the wheel casting process. This article discusses and details examples of the use of computational process modeling as a predictive tool to optimize the casting process from the standpoint of defect minimization with the emphasis on those defects that lead to failure of aluminum automotive wheels, namely, macroporosity, microporosity, and oxide films. The current state of applied computational process modeling and its limitations with regard to wheel casting are discussed.

  3. Effects of Alloying Elements on the Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Heavy Section Ductile Cast Iron

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    G.S. Cho; K.H. Choe; K.W. Lee; A.Ikenaga

    2007-01-01

    The effects of alloying elements on the as-cast microstructures and mechanical properties of heavy section ductile cast iron were investigated to develop press die material having high strength and high ductility.Measurements of ultimate tensile strength, 0.2% proof strength, elongation and unnotched Charpy impact energy are presented as a function of alloy amounts within 0.25 to 0.75 wt pct range. Hardness is measured on the broken tensile specimens. The small additions of Mo, Cu, Ni and Cr changed the as-cast mechanical properties owing to the different as-cast matrix microstructures. The ferrite matrix of Mo and Ni alloyed cast iron exhibits Iow strength and hardness as well as high elongation and impact energy. The increase in Mo and Ni contents developed some fractions of pearlite structures near the austenite eutectic cell boundaries, which caused the elongation and impact energy to drop in a small range. Adding Cu and Cr elements rapidly changed the ferrite matrix into pearlite matrix, so strength and hardness were significantly increased. As more Mo and Cr were added. the size and fraction of primary carbides in the eutectic cell boundaries increased through the segregation of these elements into the intercellular boundaries.

  4. Processing map of as-cast 7075 aluminum alloy for hot working

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    Guo Lianggang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The true stress–strain curves of as-cast 7075 aluminum alloy have been obtained by isothermal compression tests at temperatures of 300–500 °C and strain rates of 0.01–10 s−1. The plastic flow instability map is established based on Gegel B and Murthy instability criteria because the deformed compression samples suggest that the combination of the above two instability criteria has more comprehensive crack prediction ability. And the processing map based on Dynamic Material Model (DMM of as-cast 7075 aluminum alloy has been developed through a superposition of the established instability map and power dissipation map. In terms of microstructure of the deformed samples and whether plastic flow is stable or not, the processing map can be divided into five areas: stable area with as-cast grain, stable area with homogeneous grain resulting from dynamic recovery, instability area with as-cast grain, instability area with the second phase and instability area with mixed grains. In consideration of microstructure characteristics in the above five areas of the processing map, the stable area with homogeneous grain resulting from dynamic recovery, namely the temperatures at 425–465 °C and the strain rates at 0.01–1 s−1, is suggested to be suitable processing window for the as-cast 7075 aluminum alloy.

  5. Fracture toughness of TiAl-Cr-Nb-Mo alloys produced via centrifugal casting

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    A. Brotzu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Fracture toughness of a TiAl base intermetallic alloy has been investigated at room temperature. The Ti-48Al-2.5Cr-0.5Nb-2Mo (at. % alloy produced via centrifugal casting exhibits fine nearly lamellar microstructures, consisting mainly of fine lamellar grains, together with a very small quantity of residual β phases along lamellar colony boundaries. In order to determine the alloy fracture toughness compact tension specimens were tested and the results were compared with those available in literature.

  6. INVESTIGATION OF ECOLOGICAL SAFETY OF LUBRICATIONS FOR CASTING UNDER PRESSURE OF ALUMINIUM ALLOYS

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    A. M. Mihaltsov

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The investigations of environmental safety of different lubrications for moulds for casting under pressure of aluminium alloys are carried out. The method of carrying out of experiments on determination of harmful substances, escaping from lubrication in the process of destruction, is described.

  7. INTERFACIAL INTERACTION IN CASTING ALUMINA MATRIX COMPOSITE ALLOYS BASED ON THE SYSTEM AL-SIO2

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    A. V. Arabey

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of the analysis of the processes of interfacial interaction in casting alloys, based on the system Al- SiO2, obtained using heterophase (liquid-solid mixing technology components-silica sand and aluminum are presented.

  8. Laser welding of SSM Cast A356 aluminium alloy processed with CSIR-Rheo technology

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    Akhter, R

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Samples of aluminium alloy A356 were manufactured by Semi Solid Metals HPDC technology, developed recently in CSIR, Pretoria. They were butt welded in as cast conditions using as Nd: YAG laser. The best metal and weld microstructure were presented...

  9. Evaluation of surface chemical segregation of semi-solid cast aluminium alloy A356

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    Govender, G

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available be minimized. The surface liquid segregation phenomenon was investigated on high pressure die cast (HPDC) A356 alloy. SSM slurries were prepared using the CSIR Rheocasting System and plates of 4mm × 80mm × 100mm were HPDC. The chemical composition depth profile...

  10. The Microstructure of Rolled Plates from Cast Billets of U-10Mo Alloys

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    Nyberg, Eric A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Joshi, Vineet V. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Burkes, Douglas [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Lavender, Curt A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-03-01

    This report covers the examination of 13 samples of rolled plates from three separate castings of uranium, alloyed with 10 wt% molybdenum (U-10Mo) which were sent from the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y12) to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

  11. Effects of surface finishing conditions on the biocompatibility of a nickel-chromium dental casting alloy.

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    McGinley, Emma Louise

    2011-07-01

    To assess the effects of surface finishing condition (polished or alumina particle air abraded) on the biocompatibility of direct and indirect exposure to a nickel-chromium (Ni-Cr) d.Sign®10 dental casting alloy on oral keratinocytes. Biocompatibility was performed by assessing cellular viability and morphology, metabolic activity, cellular toxicity and presence of inflammatory cytokine markers.

  12. Fiber laser cladding of nickel-based alloy on cast iron

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    Arias-González, F.; del Val, J.; Comesaña, R.; Penide, J.; Lusquiños, F.; Quintero, F.; Riveiro, A.; Boutinguiza, M.; Pou, J.

    2016-06-01

    Gray cast iron is a ferrous alloy characterized by a carbon-rich phase in form of lamellar graphite in an iron matrix while ductile cast iron presents a carbon-rich phase in form of spheroidal graphite. Graphite presents a higher laser beam absorption than iron matrix and its morphology has also a strong influence on thermal conductivity of the material. The laser cladding process of cast iron is complicated by its heterogeneous microstructure which generates non-homogeneous thermal fields. In this research work, a comparison between different types of cast iron substrates (with different graphite morphology) has been carried out to analyze its impact on the process results. A fiber laser was used to generate a NiCrBSi coating over flat substrates of gray cast iron (EN-GJL-250) and nodular cast iron (EN-GJS-400-15). The relationship between processing parameters (laser irradiance and scanning speed) and geometry of a single laser track was examined. Moreover, microstructure and composition were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The hardness and elastic modulus were analyzed by means of micro- and nanoindentation. A hardfacing coating was generated by fiber laser cladding. Suitable processing parameters to generate the Ni-based alloy coating were determined. For the same processing parameters, gray cast iron samples present higher dilution than cast iron samples. The elastic modulus is similar for the coating and the substrate, while the Ni-based coating obtained presents a significantly superior hardness than cast iron.

  13. Mathematical modeling and experimental study of squeeze casting of magnesium alloy AM50A and aluminum alloy A356

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    Yu, Fang

    In recent years, the squeeze casting process has been widely used with various aluminum alloys to manufacture near-net shape automotive components. Preliminary research has also demonstrated technical feasibility potential of squeeze casting for magnesium. A better understanding of squeeze casting process is essential for applying the process for the production of large automotive components, such as engine block, using aluminum and magnesium. Meanwhile, simulation can help to achieve the analysis and optimization of the casting process. Unfortunately, for squeeze casting, no appropriate model is presently available. In this study, a mathematical model has been developed to simulate the transport phenomena and solidification occurring in squeeze casting process. The model was based on the control-volume finite difference approach and on an enthalpy method. An experimental system was developed capable of characterizing local in-cavity pressures, determining casting/die interfacial heat transfer, and observing pressurized solidification phenomena taking place in squeeze casting of aluminum and magnesium alloys. It was found that, during squeeze casting process, the local cavity pressure distribution was inhomogeneous. Experimental correlations of heat transfer coefficient were integrated into the model with local cavity pressures estimated by a force balance approach. Hence, instead of using static boundary condition, a dynamic boundary condition was established in the model. In order to minimize the deviation of calculation, experimental correlations between solidification temperatures and applied pressures were also integrated into the model. The predicted results, including cooling curves, solidification times, and local pressure cavity pressures, were compared with the experimental measurements and they were found to be in good agreement. The model was further advanced to predict shrinkage porosity during squeeze casting by a newly proposed criterion based on

  14. Comparative Evaluation of Cast Aluminum Alloys for Automotive Cylinder Heads: Part I—Microstructure Evolution

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    Roy, Shibayan; Allard, Lawrence F.; Rodriguez, Andres; Watkins, Thomas R.; Shyam, Amit

    2017-05-01

    The present study stages a comparative evaluation of microstructure and associated mechanical and thermal response for common cast aluminum alloys that are used for manufacturing automotive cylinder heads. The systems considered are Al-Cu (206-T6), Al-Si-Cu (319-T7), and Al-Si (356-T6, A356-T6, and A356 + 0.5Cu-T6). The focus of the present manuscript is on the evaluation of microstructure at various length scales after aging, while the second manuscript will deal with the mechanical and thermal response of these alloys due to short-term (aging) and long-term (pre-conditioning) heat treatments. At the grain-scale, the Al-Cu alloy possessed an equiaxed microstructure as opposed to the dendritic structure for the Al-Si-Cu or Al-Si alloys which is related to the individual solidification conditions for these alloy systems. The composition and morphology of intermetallic precipitates within the grain and at the grain/dendritic boundary are dictated by the alloy chemistry, solidification, and heat treatment conditions. At the nanoscale, these alloys contain various metastable strengthening precipitates (GPI and θ^'' in Al-Cu alloy, θ^' in Al-Si-Cu alloy, and β^' in Al-Si alloys) with varying size, morphology, coherency, and thermal stability.

  15. A two-step superplastic forging forming of semi-continuously cast AZ70 magnesium alloy

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    Pan Wang

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available A two-step technology combined forging with superplastic forming has been developed to enhance the forgeability of semi-continuously cast AZ70 magnesium alloy and realize the application of the as-cast magnesium alloy in large deformation bullet shell. In the first step, fine-grained microstructure preforms that are suitable for superplastic forming were obtained by reasonably designing the size of the initial blanks with the specific height-to-diameter ratio, upsetting the blanks and subsequent annealing. In the second step, the heat treated preforms were forged into the end products at the superplastic conditions. The end products exhibit high quality surface and satisfied microstructure. Consequently, this forming technology that not only avoids complicating the material preparation but also utilizes higher strain rate superplastic provides a near net-shaped novel method on magnesium forging forming technology using as-cast billet.

  16. Research on investment casting of TiAl alloy agitator treated by HIP and HT

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    LI Zhen-xi

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Using TiAl alloy to substitute superalloy is a hot topic in aeroengine industry because of its low density,high elevated temperature strength, and anti-oxidization ability. In this research, Ti-47.5AL-2Cr-2Nb-0.2B alloy was used as the test material. By applying a combination process of ceramic shell mold and core making, vacuum arc melting and centrifugal pouring, and heat isostatic pressing (HIP and heat treatment (HT etc., the TiAl vortex agitator casting for aeroengine was successfully made. This paper introduced key techniques in making the TiAl vortex agitator with investment casting process, provided some experimental results including mechanical properties and machinability, and explained some concerns that could affect applications of TiAl castings.

  17. Research on investment casting of TiAl alloy agitator treated by HIP and HT

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    NAN Hai; HUANG Dong; LI Zhen-xi; ZHAO Jia-qi

    2007-01-01

    Using TiAl alloy to substitute superalloy is a hot topic in aeroengine industry because of its low density,high elevated temperature strength, and anti-oxidization ability. In this research, Ti-47.5AL-2Cr-2Nb-0.2B alloy was used as the test material. By applying a combination process of ceramic shell mold and core making, vacuum arc melting and centrifugal pouring, and heat isostatic pressing (HIP) and heat treatment (HT) etc., the TiAl vortex agitator casting for aeroengine was successfully made. This paper introduced key techniques in making the TiAl vortex agitator with investment casting process, provided some experimental results including mechanical properties and machinability, and explained some concerns that could affect applications of TiAl castings.

  18. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel

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    Chen Xiang

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel has been developed, and its microstructures and mechanical properties at different temperatures were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the boron alloyed high silicon cast steel comprises a dendritic matrix and interdendritic eutectic borides in as-cast condition. The dendritic matrix is made up of pearlite, ferrite, and the interdendritic eutectic boride is with a chemical formula of M2B (M represents Fe, Cr, Mn or Mo which is much like that of carbide in high chromium white cast iron. Pure ausferrite structure that consists of bainitic ferrite and retained austenite can be obtained in the matrix by austempering treatment to the cast steel. No carbides precipitate in the ausferrite structure and the morphology of borides remains almost unchanged after austempering treatments. Secondary boride particles precipitate during the course of austenitizing. The hardness and tensile strength of the austempered cast steel decrease with the increase of the austempering temperature, from 250 篊 to 400 篊. The impact toughness is 4-11 J昪m-2 at room temperature and the impact fracture fractogragh indicates that the fracture is caused by the brittle fracture of the borides.

  19. Gating System Design for Casting thin Aluminium Alloy (Al-Si Plates

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    Victor ANJO

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The main problems caused by improper gating are entrained aluminium oxide films, cuts and washes, low casting yield and entrapped gas. This study describes the design of a gating system to produce thin Aluminium cast alloy plates of different sizes and thicknesses of 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm using the non-pressurized gating with ratio of 1:4:4 and green sand moulding technique. The gating design was based on the laws of fluid mechanics and empirical rules of gating for non ferrous metals. The equipments used for this experiment includes; a coal fired crucible furnace and an X-Ray machine. Materials used include; silica sand, clay, wood, glue and Aluminium alloy scraps. The experimental procedure involved: the gating design calculations, construction of wooden pattern and gating; using the wooden pattern and gating to produce the mould cavities and gating; melting, melt treatment and pouring of melt in the sand mould to produce the casting. The plate castings after removal from mould were visually examined for surface defects and after fettling and cleaning X-Ray radiography was used to find the internal soundness of the castings. From the results obtained in the experiment, it was found that there were no internal defects and quality castings were produced.

  20. Synthesis, Characterization and Cold Workability of Cast Copper-Magnesium-Tin Alloys

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    Bravo Bénard, Agustín Eduardo; Martínez Hernández, David; González Reyes, José Gonzalo; Ortiz Prado, Armando; Schouwenaars Franssens, Rafael

    2014-02-01

    The use of Mg as an alloying element in copper alloys has largely been overlooked in scientific literature and technological applications. Its supposed tribological compatibility with iron makes it an interesting option to replace Pb in tribological alloys. This work describes the casting process of high-quality thin slabs of Cu-Mg-Sn alloys with different compositions by means of conventional methods. The resulting phases were analyzed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy techniques. Typical dendritic α-Cu, eutectic Cu2Mg(Sn) and eutectoid non-equilibrium microstructures were found. Tensile tests and Vickers microhardness show the excellent hardening capability of Mg as compared to other copper alloys in the as-cast condition. For some of the slabs and compositions, cold rolling reductions of over 95 pct have been easily achieved. Other compositions and slabs have failed during the deformation process. Failure analysis after cold rolling reveals that one cause for brittleness is the presence of casting defects such as microshrinkage and inclusions, which can be eliminated. However, for high Mg contents, a high volume fraction of the intermetallic phase provides a contiguous path for crack propagation through the connected interdendritic regions.

  1. Microstructure and Tensile Properties of Wrought Al Alloy 5052 Produced by Rheo-Squeeze Casting

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    Lü, Shulin; Wu, Shusen; Wan, Li; An, Ping

    2013-06-01

    The semisolid slurry of wrought Al alloy 5052 was prepared by the indirect ultrasonic vibration (IUV) method, in which the horn was vibrated under the outside of the metallic cup containing molten alloy, and then shaped by direct squeeze casting (SC). Spherical primary α-Al particles were uniformly dispersed in the matrix and presented a bimodal distribution of grain sizes. The effects of rheo-squeeze casting (RSC) parameters such as squeeze pressure and solid fraction on the microstructure and tensile properties of the semisolid alloy were investigated. The results indicate that average diameters of the primary α-Al particles decreased with the increase of squeeze pressure, while the tensile properties of the alloy increased. With the increase of solid fraction, the tensile strength increased first and then decreased, but the elongation decreased continuously. The best tensile properties were achieved when the slurry with a solid fraction of 0.17 solidified under 100 MPa. Compared to conventional squeeze casting, RSC process can offer the 5052 alloy better tensile strength and elongation, which were improved by 9.7 pct and 42.4 pct, respectively.

  2. Mn segregation dependence of damping capacity of as-cast M2052 alloy

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    Zhong, Zhenyu [School of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Liu, Wenbo, E-mail: liuwenbo_8338@163.com [School of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Li, Ning; Yan, Jiazhen; Xie, Jinwu; Li, Dong [School of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Liu, Ying; Zhao, Xiuchen [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 (China); Shi, Sanqiang [Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong)

    2016-04-13

    In this paper, three types of sand-casting M2052 alloys subjected to different heat treatments have been designed and prepared in order to investigate the relationship between Mn segregation and damping capacity using dynamic mechanical analysis, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results show that damping capacity has a crucial dependence on the Mn segregation in as-cast M2052 alloy. The original as-cast alloy without subsequent heat treatment shows its internal friction (Q{sup −1}) is 1.52×10{sup −2} at a strain amplitude of γ=2×10{sup −4}, while a remarkable enhancement (2.6×10{sup −2}) of Q{sup −1} can be obtained by ageing of the as-cast alloy at 435 °C for 4 h. This is mainly ascribed to the further formation of nanoscale Mn segregation in the Mn dendrites (so-called Mn macrosegregation) by spinodal decomposition during the ageing. On the contrary, performing the additional homogenization treatment at 850 °C for 24 h prior to the ageing at 435 °C for 4 h for the as-cast M2052 alloy can result in the obvious reduction of damping capacity (only 6.5×10{sup −3} for Q{sup −1}), which is closely associated with the distinct decrement of lattice distortion of γ′-Mn during f.c.c-f.c.t phase transformation caused by weakening of Mn segregation at the macro/nano-scale.

  3. Icosahedral quasicrystalline phase in an as-cast Mg-Zn-Er alloy

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    LI Jianhui; DU Wenbo; LI Shubo; WANG Zhaohui

    2009-01-01

    The microstructure of an as-cast Mg-Zn-Er alloy was investigated through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The results indicate that two different second phases, one with eutectoid-lamellar morphology and the other with granular shape, distribute in the α-Mg matrix. The coexistence of the face-centered icosahedral quasicrystalline phase (I-phase) and W-phase with the face-centered cubic structure is found in the as-cast alloy. The coexistence of I-phase and W-phasc in the Mg-Zn-Er alloy is because the W-phase is the primary phase and the I-phase forms by peritectic reaction during solidification.

  4. Effect of N on microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Ti-6Al alloy

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    2006-01-01

    In-situ titanium matrix composites with N content of 0. 045-0. 27 wt% have been produced by a casting method. The microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast materials have been observed and tested.The results show that when N content in Ti-6Al alloy is between 0. 045 wt% and 0. 27 wt%, the reinforcement is a compound of Ti, Al and N, and volume fraction of reinforcements increases with an increase of N content.The hardness, compressive strength and elastic modulus are all higher than that of the matrix alloy. With the increase of N content, the compressive strength, the hardness and the elastic modulus increase. Fracture surface analysis has also shown that the matrix alloy fractures in a ductile model and the composites fracture in a cleavage brittle model with characteristics of dimple and cleavage surface.

  5. CuZrAl amorphous alloys prepared by casting and milling

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    Tomolya, K.; Janovszky, D.; Sveda, M.; Hegman, N.; Solyom, J.; Roosz, A.

    2009-01-01

    Several preparation methods are available for the production of amorphous alloys. During the experiment described in this paper (Cu58Zr42)100-xAlx (x = 0-14,8; in at%) amorphous alloys were prepared by casting and ball-milling. The ingots were produced by arc melting. Wedge-shaped samples were prepared from the ingots by centrifugal casting into copper mould. The microstructures of these samples were defined by SEM. The amorphous samples were analysed by DSC and the activation energy of the crystallization processes was calculated from the measured temperatures. The master alloys of identical composition were milled by ball-mill for different periods of time. The powders were analysed by XRD in order to define the amorphous fractions.

  6. Solid-particle erosion behavior of cast alloys used in the mining industry

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    Atapek, Ş. Hakan; Fidan, Sinan

    2015-12-01

    The erosive-wear response of five commercial ferrous-based cast alloys used for crushing was examined in this study. The microstructures of the alloys were modified to elucidate the effect of microstructural features on wear. Erosion tests were conducted using aluminum oxide particles (90-125 μm) at 70 m/s and a normal impact angle (90°). The worn surfaces were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and 3D non-contact laser profilometry. It is found that (i) a pearlitic structure exhibiting a greater plastic deformation than both bainitic and martensitic structures shows the greatest resistance to erosive wear at normal impact and (ii) the fracture characteristics of carbide and graphite particles plays an important role in determining the erosion wear behavior of the cast alloy matrices.

  7. Crystallization and structure of cast A390.0 alloy with melt overheating temperature

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    J. Piątkowski

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the research on the influence of melt overheating temperature on crystallization parameters and primary structure of cast AlSi17Cu5Mg (A390.0 alloy overheated to temperature: 820 °C, 880 °C, 940 °C and 1 000 °C. It was found that the degree of overheating influences the change of microstructure significantly and morphologies of primary silicon of the castings from Al-Si alloys. Research has shown that the overheating of the liquid metal bath is one of the methods of finding more applications of hypereutectic Al-Si system alloys without the addition of modifiers.

  8. The effect of rare earth elements on the microstructure of as-cast AM50 alloy

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    A. Żydek

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available As-cast Mg-5Al-0.4Mn-xRE (x = 0, 1, 2 wt.% magnesium alloys were prepared successfully and influence of rare earth (RE elements on the microstructure has been investigated by light microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The results revealed that the as-cast Mg-5Al-0.4Mn alloy consist of α - Mg matrix and eutectic α + γ (where γ is Mg17Al12. With the addition of rare earth elements Al11RE3 precipitates were formed. The amount of the Al11RE3 precipitates increased with increasing addition of RE, but the amount of γ - Mg17Al12 decreased. Additionally, in alloys with rare earth elements no aluminium-manganese precipitates were observed, instead of that ternary intermetallic compound Al10RE2Mn7 was formed.

  9. Solid-particle erosion behavior of cast alloys used in the mining industry

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    Hakan Atapek; Sinan Fidan

    2015-01-01

    The erosive-wear response of five commercial ferrous-based cast alloys used for crushing was examined in this study. The micro-structures of the alloys were modified to elucidate the effect of microstructural features on wear. Erosion tests were conducted using alumi-num oxide particles (90–125 µm) at 70 m/s and a normal impact angle (90°). The worn surfaces were characterized by scanning electron mi-croscopy and 3D non-contact laser profilometry. It is found that (i) a pearlitic structure exhibiting a greater plastic deformation than both bainitic and martensitic structures shows the greatest resistance to erosive wear at normal impact and (ii) the fracture characteristics of car-bide and graphite particles plays an important role in determining the erosion wear behavior of the cast alloy matrices.

  10. Technical parameters in electromagnetic continuous casting of aluminum alloy

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    李玉梅; 张兴国; 贾非; 姚山; 金俊泽

    2003-01-01

    The temperature field of aluminum ingot during electromagnetic continuous casting was calculated by the numerical method, and the effects of cooling water strength, position of the cooling water holes and pouring temperature as well as induction heat on casting speed, were studied. The results show that among the technical parameters the distance from the position of the cooling water holes to the bottom of the mold is the most important factor, whose change from 20mm to 15mm and from 15mm to 10mm causes the setting rate increasing respectively by 0.14mm/s and 0.3mm/s.The calculated results also agree with the experiment well. The simulation program can be used to determine technical parameters of electromagnetic casting of aluminum ingot effectively.

  11. Gating System Design for a Magnesium Alloy Casting

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    2008-01-01

    The gating system of a cylindrical magnesium casting has been designed by using multiple objective optimization and Taguchi method. Mold filling and solidification processes were simulated by using MAGMASOFT(R).The simulation results indicate that the gating system design has a significant effect on the quality of magnesium castings. In an effort to obtain the optimal design of gating system, the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio was used to analyze the effect of various gating designs on cavity filling and casting quality by using a weighting method based on the design of an orthogonal array. Four gating system parameters, namely, ingate height,ingate width, runner height, runner width, were optimized with a consideration of multiple objective criteria including filling velocity, shrinkage porosity and product yield.

  12. Clean ferrous casting technology research. Final technical report, September 29, 1993--December 31, 1995

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    Bates, C.E.; Griffin, J.; Giese, S.R.; Lane, A.M. [and others

    1996-01-31

    This is the final report covering work performed on research into methods of attaining clean ferrous castings. In this program methods were developed to minimize the formation of inclusions in steel castings by using a variety of techniques which decreased the tendency for inclusions to form during melting, casting and solidification. In a second project, a reaction chamber was built to remove inclusions from molten steel using electromagnetic force. Finally, a thorough investigation of the causes of sand penetration defects in iron castings was completed, and a program developed which predicts the probability of penetration formation and indicates methods for avoiding it.

  13. Experimental Damage Criterion for Static and Fatigue Life Assessment of Commercial Aluminum Alloy Die Castings

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    Battaglia, Eleonora; Bonollo, Franco; Ferro, Paolo

    2017-05-01

    Defects, particularly porosity and oxides, in high-pressure die casting can seriously compromise the in-service behavior and durability of products subjected to static or cyclic loadings. In this study, the influence of dimension, orientation, and position of casting defects on the mechanical properties of an AlSi12(b) (EN-AC 44100) aluminum alloy commercial component has been studied. A finite element model has been carried out in order to calculate the stress distribution induced by service loads and identify the crack initiation zones. Castings were qualitatively classified on the basis of porosities distribution detected by X-ray technique and oxides observed on fracture surfaces of specimens coming from fatigue and tensile tests. A damage criterion has been formulated which considers the influence of defects position and orientation on the mechanical strength of the components. Using the proposed damage criterion, it was possible to describe the mechanical behavior of the castings with good accuracy.

  14. Rapid precision casting for complex thin-walled aluminum alloy parts

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    Xuanpu DONG

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Based on Vacuum Differential Pressure Casting (VDPC precision forming technology and the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS Rapid Prototyping (RP technology, a rapid manufacturing method called Rapid Precision Casting (RPC process from computer three-dimensional solid models to metallic parts was investigated. The experimental results showed that the main advantage of RPC was not only its ability to cast higher internal quality and more accurate complex thin-walled aluminum alloy parts, but also the greatly-reduced lead time cycle from Selective Laser Sintering(SLS plastic prototyping to metallic parts. The key forming technology of RPC for complex thin-walled metallic parts has been developed for new casting production and Rapid Tooling (RT, and it is possible to rapidly manufacture high-quality and accurate metallic parts by means of RP in foundry industry.

  15. Numerical simulation and optimization of Al alloy cylinder body by low pressure die casting

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    Mi Guofa

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Shrinkage defects can be formed easily at Critical location during low pressure die casting (LPDC of aluminum alloy cylinder body. It has harmful effect on the products. Mold fi lling and solidifi cation process of a cylinder body was simulated by using of Z-CAST software. The casting method was improved based on the simulation results. In order to create effective feeding passage, the structure of casting was modifi ed by changing the location of strengthening ribs at the bottom, without causing any adverse effect on the part’s performance. Inserting copper billet at suitable location of the die is a valid way to create suitable solidifi cation sequence that is benefi cial to the feeding. Using these methods, the shrinkage defect was completely eliminated at the critical location.

  16. Application of Anand's constitutive model on twin roll casting process of AZ31 magnesium alloy

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    HU Xiao-dong; JU Dong-ying

    2006-01-01

    Twin-roll thin strip casting process combines casting and hot rolling into a single process,in which thermal stress and thermal mechanical stress were involved. Considering the high temperature gradient,the existing of liquid and solid regions and rolling deformation,suitable constitutive model is the key to describe the process. Anand's model is a temperature-dependent,rate-dependent and unified of creep and plasticity model and the Jaumann derivative was employed in Anand's model which makes the constitutive model frame-indifferent or objective,therefore the highly nonlinearities behavior in the twin-roll casting process can be simulated. The parameters of the Anand's model were regressed based on the compression tests of AZ31 magnesium alloy. The simulation results reveal that the Anand's model can well describe the deformation characteristics of twin-roll casting process. Based on the simulation results,the form of evolution equations in Anand's model was discussed.

  17. Numerical simulation and optimization of Al alloy cylinder body by low pressure die casting

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    Mi Guofa; Liu Yanlei; Zhao Hengtao; Fu Hengzhi

    2008-01-01

    Shrinkage defects can be formed easily at critical location during low pressure die casting(LPDC)of aluminum alloy cylinder body.It has harmful effect on the products.Mold filling and solidification process of a cylinder body was simulated by using of Z-CAST software.The casting method was Improved based on the simulation results.In order to create eriective feeding passage,the structure of casting was modified by changing the location of strengthening ribs at the bottom,without causing any adverse effect on the part's performance.Inserting copper billet at suitable Iocation of the die is a valid way to create suitable solidification sequence that is beneficial to the feeding.Using these methods.the shrinkage defect was completely eliminated at the critical location.

  18. Dimensional accuracy of small gold alloy castings. Part 1. A brief history and the behaviour of inlay waxes.

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    Morey, E F

    1991-08-01

    Part 1 reviews published studies which relate to materials and techniques contributing to the dimensional accuracy of small dental castings. A brief history of the cire perdue or lost-wax method of casting alloys and the development of modern dental casting materials and techniques are presented. Data on the behaviour of inlay wax, in particular its contraction and distortion, are reviewed as is the extensive literature about the casting shrinkage of gold alloys (Part 2) and the setting and thermal expansion of investments under both laboratory and practical conditions (Part 3). Part 4 discusses the role of the casting ring and its asbestos liner. Asbestos as a liner has now largely been replaced by two alternative materials, one based on cellulose and the other on ceramic fibres. The limited literature on the effect of these newer materials on casting accuracy is also reviewed, as their introduction may require significant changes in the traditional technology of dental casting.

  19. Experimental investigations of fatigue characteristics of AC4CH cast aluminum alloys fabricated through rheocast and squeeze cast methods

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    Hayat, N. [Graduate School, Toyohashi Univ. of Technology, Toyohashi-city, Aichi (Japan); Toda, H.; Kobayashi, T. [Faculty of Engineering, Toyohashi Univ. of Technology, Toyohashi-city, Aichi (Japan); Wade, N. [Topy Industries Ltd., Toyohashi-city, Aichi (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    This study investigates the fatigue characteristics of AC4CH cast aluminum alloys fabricated through the semi-solid metal (rheocasting) process by employing the inclined cooling plate technique with a wide range of spherical {alpha} size (38-160 {mu}m) and compares with those of the conventional squeeze casting. Rheocasting process employing an inclined cooling plate is based on the crystal separation theory. The results of measured microstructural parameters indicate that aspect ratio and size of eutectic Si and size of intermetallic compound decrease with the decrease in primary {alpha} size. The fatigue strength increases with decreases in primary {alpha} size and the material with the minimum primary {alpha} size (i.e. 38 {mu}m) shows 11.3% higher fatigue strength at 10{sup 7} cycles than that of the squeeze cast material. Although difference in damage accumulation behaviors during tensile loading is quantified by the in-situ studies, however, it does not seem to have discernable effect on the fatigue properties. The Si and intermetallic compound particles remain almost intact below 250 MPa and 200 MPa respectively in all of the materials and damage evolution occurs at the lowest stress level in the squeeze cast material. Moreover, the maximum fraction of the damaged particles depends upon the primary {alpha} size and reaches the maximum with the minimum primary {alpha} size. The crack growth rates through each phase indicate that the main difference between the rheocast and the squeeze cast material is in the crack propagation across the grain boundaries with the other regions having almost comparable crack propagation rates in the same as well as between different materials. The fact that even decrease in grain size does not lead to the impressive improvement in fatigue strength can not be attributed to the difference in grain structure according to quantitative investigation of misorientation angles between neighboring grains utilizing a scanning electron

  20. The influence of the parameters of lost foam process on the quality of aluminum alloys castings

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    Aćimović-Pavlović Zagorka

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the research results of application of Lost foam process for aluminum alloys castings of a simple geometry. The process characteristic is that patterns and gating of moulds, made of polymers, stay in the mould till the liquid metal inflow. In contact with the liquid metal, pattern intensely and in relatively short time decomposes and evaporates, which is accompanied by casting crystallization. As a consequence of polymer pattern decomposition and evaporation a great quantity of liquid and gaseous products are produced, which is often the cause of different types of casting errors. This paper presents the results of a research with a special consideration given to detecting and analyzing the errors of castings. In most cases the cause of these errors are defects of polymer materials used for evaporable patterns production, as well as defects of materials for refractory coatings production for polymer patterns. The researches have shown that different types of coatings determine properties of the obtained castings. Also, the critical processing parameters (polymer pattern density, casting temperature, permeability of refractory coating and sand, construction of patterns and gating of moulds significantly affect on castings quality. During the research a special consideration was given to control and optimization of these parameters with the goal of achieving applicable castings properties. The study of surface and internal error of castings was performed systematically in order to carry out preventive measures to avoid errors and minimize production costs. In order to achieve qualitative and profitable castings production by the method of Lost foam it is necessary to reach the balance in the system: evaporable polymer pattern - liquid metal - refractory coating - sandy cast in the phase of metal inflow, decomposition and evaporation of polymer pattern, formation and solidification of castings. By optimizing the processing

  1. Mechanical properties and microstructure of as-cast and extruded Mg-(Ce, Nd)-Zn-Zr alloys

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    YU Kun; LI Wen-xian; WANG Ri-chu

    2005-01-01

    Studies on the mechanical properties and microstructures of as-cast and extruded Mg-Ce-Zn-Zr and Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloys have been made before and after heat treatment. The results show that the mechanical properties of as-cast Mg-Ce and Mg-Nd alloys are as good as those of typical die cast AZ91 alloy and the heat resistant WE43 alloy. In Nd-containing alloys, the precipitated phase Mg12Nd contributes significantly to age hardening. The mechanical properties of extruded alloys are improved obviously compared with those of as-cast alloys. The ultimate strength is 257.8 MPa for extruded Mg-Ce alloy and 265.6 MPa for extruded Mg-Nd alloy. Extrusion is a useful method to improve both the strengths and elongations of the two experimental alloys at both ambient and elevated temperatures. The grain refinement and precipitation strengthening are the main strengthening mechanisms in the alloys. Tensile fracture surfaces show a dimple pattern after extruding and therefore reflect an improved elongation.

  2. Influence of rotational speed during centrifugal casting on sliding wear behaviour of the Al-2Si alloy

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    P. G. MUKUNDA; A. SHAILESH RAO; Shrikantha S. RAO

    2009-01-01

    The microstructures and dry sliding wearbehaviour of an Al-2Si alloy cast centrifugally are studied. Results indicate that at optimum speed the cast has a microstructure consisting of uniformly distributed α-Al grains and fine eutectic silicon grains. The cast exhibited better wear resistance compared to the same cast prepared at different rpms. This paper attempts to investigate the influence of the microstructural changes in the Al-2Si alloy by varying the rotational speed of the mould and its combined action on the dry sliding wear behaviour.

  3. Optimization of Master Alloy Amount and Gating System Design for Ductile Cast Iron Obtain in Lost Foam Process

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    P. Just

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the optimization of master alloy amount for the high nodular graphite yield (80-90% in cast iron obtain in lost foam process. The influence of the gating system configuration and the shape of the reaction chamber, the degree of spheroidisation cast iron was examined. Research has shown that the, optimal of master alloy amount of 1.5% by mass on casting iron. The degree of spheroidisation is also influenced by the gating system configuration. The best spheroidisation effect was obtained for liquid cast iron was fed into the reaction chamber from the bottom and discharged from the top.

  4. Development of a thin steel strip casting process. Final report

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    Williams, R.S.

    1994-04-01

    This is a comprehensive effort to develop direct strip casting to the point where a pilot scale program for casting carbon steel strip could be initiated. All important aspects of the technology were being investigated, however the program was terminated early due to a change in the business strategy of the primary contractor, Armco Inc. (focus to be directed at specialty steels, not low carbon steel). At termination, the project was on target on all milestones and under budget. Major part was casting of strip at the experiment casting facility. A new caster, capable of producing direct cast strip of up to 12 in. wide in heats of 1000 and 3000 lb, was used. A total of 81 1000-1200 lb heats were cast as well as one test heat of 3000 lb. Most produced strip of from 0.016 to 0.085 in. thick. Process reliability was excellent for short casting times; quality was generally poor from modern hot strip mill standards, but the practices necessary for good surface quality were identified.

  5. Market Opportunity of Some Aluminium Silicon Alloys Materials through Changing the Casting Process

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    Delfim SOARES

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Fatigue is considered to be the most common mechanism by which engineering components fail, and it accounts for at least 90% of all service failures attributed to mechanical causes. Mechanical properties (tensile strength, tensile strain, Young modulus, etc as well as fatigue properties (fatigue life are very dependent on casting method. The most direct effects of casting techniques are on the metallurgical microstructure that bounds the mechanical properties. One of the important variables affected by the casting technique is the cooling rate which is well known to strongly restrict the microstructure. In the present research has been done a comparison of fatigue properties of two aluminum silicon alloys obtained by two casting techniques. It was observed that the fatigue life is increasing with 24% for Al12Si and 31% for AL18Si by using centrifugal casting process instead of gravity casting. This increasing in fatigue life means that a component tailored from materials obtained by centrifugal casting will stay longer in service. It was made an estimation of the time required to recover the costs of technology in order to use the centrifuge process that will allow to obtain materials with improved properties. The amortization can be achieved by using two different marketing techniques: through the release of the product at the old price and with much longer life of the component which means "same price - longer life", or increasing price, by highlighting new product performance which means "higher price - higher properties".

  6. Heat transfer characteristics of lost foam casting process of magnesium alloy

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    LIU Zi-li; PAN Qing-lin; CHEN Zhao-feng; LIU Xi-qin; TAO Jie

    2006-01-01

    Effects of vacuum, pouring temperature and pattern thickness on the heat transfer of magnesium alloy lost foam casting(LFC) process were explored. The results indicate that without vacuum a positive thermal gradient from the gate to the end of the casting was formed immediately after the mold filling. The average temperature of the casting, the temperature gradient and solidification times increase significantly with pouring temperature and pattern thickness. Vacuum plays a quite different role in the heat transfer during mould filling and solidification periods: it significantly increases the cooling rate of the filling melt, but decreases the cooling rate of the casting during solidification period. The temperature of the liquid metal drops sharply and varies greatly with no apparent mode in the casting after the mold filling. The amplitude of temperature fluctuations in the casting increases with vacuum, pouring temperature and pattern thickness. The average temperature increases with pouring temperature and pattern thickness, but less rapidly than that without vacuum. The effect of vacuum on the solidification times of castings is found to depend on pouring temperature, vacuum makes solidification times increase greatly at high pouring temperature, while decreases slightly at low pouring temperature.

  7. Hot-Tearing Susceptibility of Ternary Mg-Al-Sr Alloy Castings

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    Cao, G.; Zhang, C.; Cao, H.; Chang, Y. A.; Kou, S.

    2010-03-01

    The susceptibility of Mg-Al-Sr alloys to hot tearing during permanent mold casting was investigated using constrained rod casting (CRC) in a steel mold. The alloys included Mg- xAl-1.5Sr and Mg- xAl-3Sr, where x = 4, 6, or 8 wt pct. The hot-tearing susceptibility (HTS) was determined based on the widths and locations of the cracks in the rods. With the Mg- xAl-1.5 Sr alloys, the HTS decreased significantly with increasing Al content. With the Mg- xAl-3Sr alloys, the trend was similar but not as significant. At the same Al content, the HTS was significantly lower at 3 wt pct Sr than at 1.5 wt pct Sr. To help understand the HTS of these alloys, the solidification path and phase fractions were calculated for each alloy. The HTS was found to increase with increasing fraction solid at the end of primary solidification.

  8. Control of equiaxed grains in a complicated Cu-Ni based alloy prepared by centrifugal casting

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    Luo Zongqiang

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available A complicated Cu-Ni based alloy was developed to fabricate wear-resisting bush for high temperature application. The concern focuses on the control of equiaxed grains in the developed alloy ingot prepared by centrifugal casting. The results show that the equiaxed grains are determined by the pouring temperature of the melt, the cooling rate and the rotation speed of the mold. With the decrease in pouring temperature, the fraction of the equiaxed grains in the transverse section of the ingot increases and the average length of columnar grain decreases. When the pouring temperature is confined below 1,250℃, complete equiaxed grains can be obtained. Based on the optimal centrifugal casting processing, the tensile strength of the developed alloy ingot with complete equiaxed grains reaches to 810 MPa and 435 MPa at room temperature and 500℃, respectively, which is 14% and 110% higher than that of common commercial QAl10-4-4 alloy. The wear rate of the developed alloy is 7.0 × 10-8 and 3.8 × 10-7 mm3•N-1•mm-1 at room temperature and 500℃, respectively, which is 5 times and 39 times lower than that of QAl10-4-4 alloy.

  9. Microstructure and properties of Ti–Nb–V–Mo-alloyed high chromium cast iron

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    Youping Ma; Xiulan Li; Yugao Liu; Shuyi Zhou; Xiaoming Dang

    2013-10-01

    The correlations of microstructure, hardness and fracture toughness of high chromium cast iron with the addition of alloys (titanium, vanadium, niobium and molybdenum) were investigated. The results indicated that the as-cast microstructure changed from hypereutectic, eutectic to hypoeutectic with the increase of alloy contents. Mo dissolved in austenite and increased the hardness by solid solution strengthening. TiC and NbC mainly existed in austenite and impeded the austenite dendrite development. V existed in multicomponent systems in forms of V alloy compounds (VCrFe8 and VCr2C2).With the increase of alloy additions, carbides size changed gradually from refinement to coarseness, hardness and impact toughness were increased and then decreased. Compared with the fracture toughness (6 J/cm2) and hardness (50.8HRC) without any alloy addition, the toughness and hardness at 0.60 V–0.60Ti–0.60Nb–0.35Mo (wt%) additions were improved and achieved to 11 J/cm2 and 58.9HRC, respectively. The synergistic roles of Ti, Nb, V and Mo influenced the solidification behaviour of alloy. The refinement of microstructure and improvement of carbides morphologies, size and distribution improved the impact toughness.

  10. Microstructure, tensile properties and fracture behavior of high temperature Al–Si–Mg–Cu cast alloys

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    Mohamed, A.M.A., E-mail: madel@uqac.ca [Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Doha (Qatar); Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez Canal University, Box 43721, Suez (Egypt); Samuel, F.H. [Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, QC, Canada G7H 2B1 (Canada); Al Kahtani, Saleh [Industrial Engineering Program, Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Salman bin Abdulaziz University, Al Kharj (Saudi Arabia)

    2013-08-10

    The high temperature tensile behavior of 354 aluminum cast alloy was investigated in the presence of Zr and Ni. The cast alloys were given a solutionizing treatment followed by artificial aging at 190 °C for 2 h. High temperature tensile tests were conducted at various temperatures from 25 °C to 300 °C. Optical microscopy and electron probe micro-analyzer were used to study the microstructure of different intermetallic phases formed. The fractographic observations of fracture surface were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy to understand the fracture mechanism. The results revealed that the intermetallics phases of (Al, Si){sub 3}(Zr, Ti), Al{sub 3}CuNi and Al{sub 9}NiFe are the main feature in the microstructures of alloys with Zr and Ni additions. The results also indicated that the tensile strength of alloy decreases with an increase in temperature. The combined addition of 0.2 wt% Zr and 0.2 wt% Ni leads to a 30% increase in the tensile properties at 300 °C compared to the base alloy. Zr and Ni bearing phases played a vital role in the fracture mechanism of the alloys studied.

  11. The evaluation of dynamic cracking resistance of chosen casting alloys in the aspect of the impact bending test

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    J.Sadowski

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The increase of quality and durability of produced casting alloys can be evaluated on the base of material tests performed on a high level. One of such modern test methods are tests of the dynamic damage process of materials and the evaluation on the base of obtained courses F(f, F(t of parameters of dynamic cracking resistance KId, JId, performed with the usage of instrumented Charpy pendulums. In the paper there was presented the evaluation of dynamic cracking resistance parameters of casting alloys such as: AK12 aluminum alloy, L20G cast steel and spheroid cast iron. The methodology of the evaluation of that parameters was described and their change as well, for the AK12 alloy with the cold work different level, L20G cast steel cooled from different temperatures in the range +20oC -60oC, and for the spheroid cast iron in different stages of treatment i.e. raw state, after normalization, spheroid annealing and graphitizing annealing.Obtained parameters of dynamic cracking resistance KId, JId of tested casting alloys enabled to define the critical value of the ad defect that can be tolerated by tested castings in different work conditions with impact loadings.

  12. Comparative study between laser sintering and casting for retention of resin composite veneers to cobalt-chromium alloy.

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    Muratomi, Ryuta; Kamada, Kohji; Taira, Yohsuke; Higuchi, Shizuo; Watanabe, Ikuya; Sawase, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare the bond strengths between resin composite veneer and laser-sintered cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) alloy with and without retention devices (Laser-R and Laser-N respectively). Cast Co-Cr alloy with and without retention devices (Cast-R and Cast-N respectively) were also prepared for fabrication technique comparison. Disk-shaped Co-Cr alloy specimens were air-abraded with alumina and veneered with a veneering system, Estenia C&B (ES) or Ceramage (CE). After 20,000 thermocycles, tensile testing was performed. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and multiple comparison test. When no retention devices were present, no significant differences were observed between Laser-N/ES and Cast-N/ES, or between Laser- N/CE and Cast-N/CE, but ES exhibited significantly higher bond strength than CE. With retention devices, Laser-R/ES, Cast- R/ES and Laser-R/CE showed no significant differences, and their retention strengths were significantly higher than that of Cast- R/CE. Compared to cast Co-Cr alloy, laser-sintered Co-Cr alloy with retention devices provided better retention durability for resin composite-veneered prostheses.

  13. Effect of quenching rate on precipitation kinetics in AA2219 DC cast alloy

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    Elgallad, E. M.; Zhang, Z.; Chen, X.-G.

    2017-06-01

    Slow quenching of direct chill (DC) cast aluminum ingot plates used in large mold applications is often used to decrease quench-induced residual stresses, which can deteriorate the machining performance of these plates. Slow quenching may negatively affect the mechanical properties of the cast plates when using highly quench-sensitive aluminum alloys because of its negative effect on the precipitation hardening behavior of such alloys. The effect of the quenching rate on precipitation kinetics in AA2219 DC cast alloy was systematically studied under water and air quenching conditions using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was also used to characterize the precipitate microstructure. The results showed that the precipitation kinetics of the θ‧ phase in the air-quenched condition was mostly slower than that in the water-quenched one. Air quenching continuously increased the precipitation kinetics of the θ phase compared to water quenching. These results revealed the contributions of the inadequate precipitation of the strengthening θ‧ phase and the increased precipitation of the equilibrium θ phase to the deterioration of the mechanical properties of air-quenched AA2219 DC cast plates. The preexisting GP zones and quenched-in dislocations affected the kinetics of the θ‧ phase, whereas the preceding precipitation of the θ‧ phase affected the kinetics of the θ phase by controlling its precipitation mechanism.

  14. High cycle fatigue properties of die-cast magnesium alloy AZ91D-1%MM

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    2008-01-01

    The high cycle fatigue properties of the die-cast magnesium alloy AZ91D containing 1%mischmetal(mass fraction)at a fatigue ratio of 0.1 were investigated.The difference in the microstructure between the skin and core region of the die-cast magnesium alloy was analyzed by optical microscopy.The mechanical property tests indicate that the values of the tensile strength,elongation and hardness are 185 MPa,1.5%and HBS 70±3 at room temperature,respectively.The p-S-N curve(p=50%)of the die-cast magnesium alloy AZ91D-1%MM is determined and the mean fatigue strength corresponding to 3.8×105cycles is 70 MPa.A linear relation between S and Np in log scale between 103 and 106 cycles is written with a equation.The mechanical properties are influenced by the casting defects.The fatigue life of the samples with minor defects is near to the upper limit of the fatigue life data.The fatigue fracture surface of the samples with minor defects possesses the mixed characteristics of quasi-cleavage,lacerated ridge and dimple and it is briule fracture mode as a whole.

  15. Effect of quenching rate on precipitation kinetics in AA2219 DC cast alloy

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    Elgallad, E.M., E-mail: eelgalla@uqac.ca; Zhang, Z.; Chen, X.-G.

    2017-06-01

    Slow quenching of direct chill (DC) cast aluminum ingot plates used in large mold applications is often used to decrease quench-induced residual stresses, which can deteriorate the machining performance of these plates. Slow quenching may negatively affect the mechanical properties of the cast plates when using highly quench-sensitive aluminum alloys because of its negative effect on the precipitation hardening behavior of such alloys. The effect of the quenching rate on precipitation kinetics in AA2219 DC cast alloy was systematically studied under water and air quenching conditions using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was also used to characterize the precipitate microstructure. The results showed that the precipitation kinetics of the θ′ phase in the air-quenched condition was mostly slower than that in the water-quenched one. Air quenching continuously increased the precipitation kinetics of the θ phase compared to water quenching. These results revealed the contributions of the inadequate precipitation of the strengthening θ′ phase and the increased precipitation of the equilibrium θ phase to the deterioration of the mechanical properties of air-quenched AA2219 DC cast plates. The preexisting GP zones and quenched-in dislocations affected the kinetics of the θ′ phase, whereas the preceding precipitation of the θ′ phase affected the kinetics of the θ phase by controlling its precipitation mechanism.

  16. Creep strength of centrifugally cast Al-rich TiAl alloys

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    Sturm, D., E-mail: daniel.sturm@masch-bau.uni-magdeburg.de [Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Institut fuer Werkstoff- und Fuegetechnik, Lehrstuhl Werkstoffprueftechnik, Postfach 4120, D-39016 Magdeburg (Germany); Heilmaier, M.; Saage, H. [Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Institut fuer Werkstoff- und Fuegetechnik, Lehrstuhl Werkstoffprueftechnik, Postfach 4120, D-39016 Magdeburg (Germany); Paninski, M.; Schmitz, G.J.; Drevermann, A. [ACCESS e.V., Intzestrasse 5, D-52072 Aachen (Germany); Palm, M.; Stein, F.; Engberding, N. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, D-40237 Duesseldorf (Germany); Kelm, K.; Irsen, S. [Stiftung Caesar, Electron Microscopy, Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2, 53175 Bonn (Germany)

    2009-06-15

    High-temperature creep of a binary Al{sub 60}Ti{sub 40} (at.%) alloy in the as-cast state and after annealing at 1223 K for 200 h which produced nearly lamellar {gamma}-TiAl + r-Al{sub 2}Ti microstructure was studied utilizing creep compression tests in a temperature range between 1173 and 1323 K in air. The material was manufactured by centrifugal casting. Microstructural characterization was carried out employing light-optical scanning (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as well as X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. It is shown that the alloy exhibits reasonable creep resistance at 1173 K, especially in relation to its low density of around 3.8 g/cm{sup 3}. Stress exponents calculated as n = {Delta}log (strain rate)/{Delta}log (stress) = 4 were found to be relatively constant for the temperature and stress regime investigated. This indicates that dislocation climb may be the rate controlling creep mechanism. The assessment of creep tests conducted at identical stress levels and varying temperatures yielded activation energies for creep of around Q = 457 kJ/mol in the as-cast condition. This value is significantly higher than those found in literature for interdiffusion of Al or Ti in {gamma}-TiAl. It is concluded that the difference is a due to the instability of the microstructure of the as-cast multi-phase alloy.

  17. Microstructure and mechanical properties of magnesium alloy prepared by lost foam casting

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    TIAN Xue-feng; FAN Zi-tian; HUANG Nai-yu; WU He-bao; DONG Xuan-pu

    2005-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of AZ91 alloy prepared by lost foam casting(LFC) and various heat treatments have been investigated.The microstructure of the AZ91 alloy via LFC consists of dominant α-Mg and β-Mg17Al12 as well as a new phase Al32 Mn25 with size of about 5-50 μm,which has not been detected in AZ91 alloy prepared by other casting processes.The tests demonstrate that the as-cast mechanical properties are higher than those of sand gravity casting because of chilling and cushioning effect of foam pattern during the mould filling.The solution kinetics and the aging processes at different temperatures were also investigated by hardness and electrical resistivity measurements.The kinetics of aging are faster at the high temperature due to enhanced diffusion of atoms in the matrix,so the hardness peak at 380 ℃ occurs after 10 h;while at the lower aging temperature(150 ℃),the peak is not reached in the time(24 h) considered.

  18. Characterisation and modelling of defect formation in direct-chill cast AZ80 alloy

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    Mackie, D.; Robson, J.D.; Withers, P.J. [School of Materials, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom); Turski, M. [Magnesium Elektron UK, Rake Lane, Manchester, M27 8BF (United Kingdom)

    2015-06-15

    Wrought magnesium alloys for demanding structural applications require high quality defect free cast feedstock. The aim of this study was to first identify and characterise typical defects in direct chill cast magnesium–aluminium–zinc (AZ) alloy billet and then use modelling to understand the origins of these defects so they can be prevented. Defects were first located using ultrasonic inspection and were then characterised using X-ray computed tomography (XCT) and serial sectioning, establishing the presence of oxide films and intermetallic particles Al{sub 8}Mn{sub 5} in all defects. A model was developed to predict the flow patterns and growth kinetics of the intermetallic phases during casting, which influence the formation of defects. Simulation of the growth of the intermetallic particles demonstrated that precipitation from the liquid occurs in the mould. The combination of the entrained oxide films and intermetallic particles recirculates in the liquid metal and continues to grow, until large enough to settle, which is predicted to occur at the centre of the mould where the flow is the slowest. Based on these predictions, strategies to reduce the susceptibility to defect formation are suggested. - Highlights: • Casting defects in magnesium direct chill casting have been imaged and characterised in 3-dimensions. • The occurrences of co-located clusters of particles and oxide films have been characterised and explained. • A coupled model has been developed to help interpret the observed trend for defects located towards the centre of billets.

  19. The Effect of Dewaxing and Burnout Temperature in Block Mold Process for Copper Alloy Casting

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    S.Z. Mohd Nor

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this research is to investigate the effect of dewaxing and burnout temperature on the quality of copper alloy casting produced by a low cost block mold that has been developed. In the molding process, two types of silica sand which contains 97.9% silica (SiO2 and 97.2% silica have been used as a refractory material with POP served as a binder. Several mold formulations contained 15-40% plaster of paris (POP, 60-85% silica sand and 35% water had been developed and each formulation had been tested in the process of copper alloy casting. In the dewaxing process, the temperature of 170oC was found appropriate to be used as an initial mold heating temperature and complete wax burnout was effectively achieved with the temperature of 750oC for 5 hours. The insufficient burnout process has produced a defect casting with carbon residue, appeared as a black stain on the surface of the casting. Meanwhile, rapid initial heating had prevented the wax from flowing out smoothly thus, eroded the surface of the mold cavities. This has resulted in deteriorated cavity surface, hence a rough surface of the casting.

  20. Design method of electromagnetic field applied to Al-alloy electromagnetic casting

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    YANG Jing; DANG Jing-zhi; PENG You-gen; CHENG Jun

    2006-01-01

    The electromagnetic pump imposes the electromagnetic motive force (Lorentz force) on the liquid metal directly and makes it move along the definite direction by using the function of electric current and magnetic field in the conducting fluid.Compared with the traditional die casting, the system of counter-gravity casting can effectively control the speed of fillingto make Al-alloy liquid fill steadily by adjusting controlled-current. So the foundry defects can be decreased or avoided effectively by this system. Based on the theory of electromagnetic pump, the design method of electromagnetic field in electromagnetic pump was investigated emphatically. The rule of magnetic induction intensity B influenced by the divided electromagnet airgap's size was founded. Furthermore, the empirical formula of magnetic induction intensity B in a magnetic airgap for an open magnet in the saturated state was deduced by mathematics regression analysis. Counter-gravity casting applied to the Al-alloy electromagnetic filling was developed with this method. Besides, the electromagnetism filling counter-gravity casting process of the turbo-charge blade wheel was also fixed. The eligibility rate of blade wheel produced by such technique can be increased to 98%. The casts have compact structure and excellent capability.

  1. Microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast Zr-Nb alloys.

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    Kondo, Ryota; Nomura, Naoyuki; Suyalatu; Tsutsumi, Yusuke; Doi, Hisashi; Hanawa, Takao

    2011-12-01

    On the basis of the microstructures and mechanical properties of as-cast Zr-(0-24)Nb alloys the effects of phase constitution on the mechanical properties and magnetic susceptibility are discussed in order to develop Zr alloys for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The microstructures were evaluated using an X-ray diffractometer, an optical microscope, and a transmission electron microscope; the mechanical properties were evaluated by a tensile test. The α' phase was dominantly formed with less than 6 mass% Nb content. The ω phase was formed in Zr-(6-20)Nb alloys, but disappeared from Zr-22Nb. The β phase dominantly existed in Zr-(9-24)Nb alloys. The mechanical properties as well as the magnetic susceptibility of the Zr-Nb alloys varied depending on the phase constitution. The Zr-Nb alloys consisting of mainly α' phase showed high strength, moderate ductility, and a high Young's modulus, retaining low magnetic susceptibility. Zr-Nb alloys containing a larger volume of ω phase were found to be brittle and, thus, should be avoided, despite their low magnetic susceptibility. When the Zr-Nb alloys consisted primarily of β phase the effect of ω phase weakened the mechanical properties, thereby leading to an increase in ductility, even with an increase in magnetic susceptibility. The minimum value of Young's modulus was obtained for Zr-20Nb, because this composition was the phase boundary between the β and ω phases. However, the magnetic susceptibility of the alloy was half that of Ti-6Al-4V alloys. Zr-Nb alloys consisting of α' or β phase have excellent mechanical properties with low magnetic susceptibility and, thus, these alloys could be useful for medical devices used in MRI. Copyright © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Crystallization characteristics of cast aluminum alloys during a unidirectional solidification process

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    Okayasu, Mitsuhiro, E-mail: mitsuhiro.okayasu@utoronto.ca; Takeuchi, Shuhei

    2015-05-01

    The crystal orientation characteristics of cast Al–Si, Al–Cu and Al–Mg alloys produced by a unidirectional solidification process are examined. Two distinct crystal orientation patterns are observed: uniform and random formation. A uniform crystal orientation is created by columnar growth of α-Al dendrites in the alloys with low proportions of alloying element, e.g., the Al–Si alloy (with Si <12.6%) and the Al–Cu and Al–Mg alloys (with Cu and Mg <2%). A uniformly organized crystal orientation with [100] direction is created by columnar growth of α-Al dendrites. With increasing proportion of alloying element (>2% Cu or Mg), the uniform crystal orientations collapse in the Al–Cu and Al–Mg alloys, owing to interruption of the columnar α-Al dendrite growth as a result of different dynamics of the alloying atoms and the creation of a core for the eutectic phases. For the hypo-eutectic Al–Si alloys, a uniform crystal orientation is obtained. In contrast, a random orientation can be detected in the hyper-eutectic Al–Si alloy (15% Si), which results from interruption of the growth of the α-Al dendrites due to precipitation of primary Si particles. There is no clear effect of crystal formation on ultimate tensile strength (UTS), whereas crystal orientation does influence the material ductility, with the alloys with a uniform crystal orientation being elongated beyond their UTS points and with necking occurring in the test specimens. In contrast, the alloys with a nonuniform crystal orientation are not elongated beyond their UTS points.

  3. The cavitational erosion resistance of the B2-type Fe-Al casting alloys

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    R. Jasionowski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of the destruction of turbo-machinery components is very complex, because it consists of processes of erosion and corrosion. The most dangerous factor is the cavitation phenomenon, which is very difficult to eliminate through the use of design solutions. It causes deterioration of the operating characteristics of machinery and equipment, such as water turbines, steam turbines, centrifugal pumps, screw vessels, cylinder liners with water-cooled engines, acoustic probe. The most commonly used method of limiting the destruction of cavitation phenomenon is the optimum choice of parameters of geometric and hydraulic machines, the appropriate design of elements and streamlined flow and providing working conditions of flow devices. The above-mentioned methods by design, the size of flow devices are limited, so better action to prevent the flow of erosion may use the material for greater resistance to erosion and cavitation corrosion is the alloy of intermetallic FeAl phase, which production costs are low compared to cast steel and cast iron alloy based on chromium and nickel.The paper presents results of an investigation carried out for cavitational resistance of the B2-type Fe-Al casting alloys using a flux-impact measuring device. The intermetallic FeAl alloys proved to have good resistance to this type of erosion in comparison to other construction materials, investigated by flux-impact device.

  4. Room temperature deformation of in-situ grown quasicrystals embedded in Al-based cast alloy

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    Boštjan Markoli

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available An Al-based cast alloy containing Mn, Be and Cu has been chosen to investigate the room temperature deformation behavior of QC particles embedded in Al-matrix. Using LOM, SEM (equipped with EDS, conventional TEM with SAED and controlled tensile and compression tests, the deformation response of AlMn2Be2Cu2 cast alloy at room temperature has been examined. Alloy consisted of Al-based matrix, primary particles and eutectic icosahedral quasicrystalline (QC i-phase and traces of Θ-Al2Cu and Al10Mn3. Tensile and compression specimens were used for evaluation of mechanical response and behavior of QC i-phase articles embedded in Al-cast alloy. It has been established that embedded QC i-phase particles undergo plastic deformation along with the Al-based matrix even under severe deformation and have the response resembling that of the metallic materials by formation of typical cup-and-cone feature prior to failure. So, we can conclude that QC i-phase has the ability to undergo plastic deformation along with the Al-matrix to greater extent contrary to e.g. intermetallics such as Θ-Al2Cu for instance.

  5. Evaluation of Chill Cast Co-Cr Alloys for Biomedical Applications

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    Ana Laura Ramirez-Ledesma

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Binary Co-Cr alloys containing various Cr contents were vacuum induction melted and cast into wedge-shaped copper molds. It was intended to develop a microstructure (1 free from interdendritic segregation and porosity; (2 having minimal intermetallic precipitates; and (3 suitable for biomedical applications. The resultant microstructures were evaluated from sections obtained longitudinally and centrally in the plane normal to the diverging wedge faces. All ingots showed a dendritic microstructure with some characteristic features. For instance, in Co-20–30 wt. % Cr alloys, the chilled cast microstructures consisted of columnar dendrites without interdendritic segregation, a minimum of intermetallic precipitates, and the presence of a predominantly athermal HCP ε-martensite (>80 vol. %. In addition, the metastable FCC γ-Co phase was identified by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. In the case of 35–44 wt. % Cr cobalt alloys, a eutectic constituent including the σ-phase were found to develop in the interdendritic regions. From this work, a Co-20 wt. % Cr alloy was chosen for further investigation after heat treating below the γ/ε transition temperature. The resultant tensile strength and ductility were further improved after applying a heat treatment at 730 °C for 30 min, obtaining values of elongation of 26% as compared with 2.55 < 5 of elongation in the as cast condition. Also, the alloy corrosion resistance in artificial saliva was investigated. It was found that the exhibited corrosion rates for the as-cast and heat-treated conditions are between those reported for other similar systems.

  6. STUDY OF MICROSTRUCTURE, HARDNESS AND WEAR PROPERTIES OF SAND CAST Cu-4Ni-6Sn BRONZE ALLOY

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    S. ILANGOVAN

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available An alloy of Cu-4Ni-6Sn was cast in the sand moulds. The cast rods were homogenized, solution heat treated and aged for different periods of time. The specimens were prepared from the rods to study the microstructure, microhardness and wear properties. It was found that the aging process increases the hardness of the alloy significantly. It was due to the change in the microstructure of the alloy. Further, spinodal decomposition and the ordering reaction take place during the aging treatment. Specific wear rate was found to decrease with the hardness of the alloy. Coefficient of friction remains constant and is not affected by the aging process.

  7. Tin-Copper-Lead Alloy Produced by Horizontal Centrifugal Casting

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    Vahdat S.E.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Horizontal centrifugal casting is an effective method for the production of hollow metal with good mechanical properties, low defect, cast to size and relatively cheap. The ability of a metal to satisfy the above requirements highly depends on its microstructure. In this study, the relationship between microstructural parameters such as grain size and the amount of phases with bulk hardness of SnCu4Pb3 is concerned in three areas of the product. Consequently, to achieve the desired hardness of the product in a particular area, the interaction of two factors of the microstructure including, grain size and particles amount of the hard intermetallic compositions (Cu6Sn5 should be noted.

  8. Assessment of the Low Alloy Cast Steel Inoculation Effects with Chosen Additives

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    D. Bartocha

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Structure, and thus the mechanical properties of steel are primarily a function of chemical composition and the solidification process which can be influenced by the application of the inoculation treatment. This effect depends on the modifier used. The article presents the results of studies designed to assess the effects of structural low alloy steel inoculation by selected modifying additives. The study was performed on nine casts modeled with different inoculants, assessment of the procedure impact was based on the macrostructure of made castings. The ratio of surface area equivalent to the axial zone of the crystals and columnar crystals zone was adopted as a measure of the inoculation effect.

  9. Influence of Trace Alloying Elements on Corrosive Resistance of Cast Stainless Steel

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    DUAN Han-qiao; YAN Xiang; WEI Bo-kang; LIN Han-tong

    2005-01-01

    The influences of trace alloying elements niobium, vanadium and zirconium on the corrosive resistance of 18-8 type cast stainless steel have been studied in deta() orthogonal design experiments. The results show that zirconium is mainly in the form of compound inclusions, which is unfavorable to promote the corrosive resistance of the cast stainless steel. It can alleviate the disadvantageous influence of carbon addition on corrosive resistance when some elements such as vanadium and niobium exist in the steel, and niobium has a remarkable influence on the intergranular corrosive resistance but unobvious on the pitting corrosion, and vanadium has a slightly favorable influence on the corrosive resistance of the steel.

  10. Grain refinement in a cast high Nb containing TiAl alloy by heat treatment

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    LIU Zicheng; LIN Junpin; WANG Yanli; LIN Zhi; SONG Xiping; CHEN Guoliang

    2004-01-01

    The grain refinement of an as-cast Ti-46Al-8.5Nb-0.2W (atom fraction in %) alloy by the cyclic heat treatments was studied. The heat treatment scheme included a tempering at 1250°C and cyclic tempering at 1000 and 1200°C three times after solution treatment at the temperature above o phase transus followed by immediate fan cooling. The fine and homogeneous near-γ microstructure can be obtained by this heat treatment, which causes the breakdown of as-cast microstructure and prevents the anomalous growing of original γ phase.

  11. Transformation and Field-Induced Strains in as-Cast Ni-Mn-Ga Alloy

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    ZHAO Wei-ren; LI Jian-liang; QI Yan; ZHANG Yang-huan; WANG Xin-lin; YU Yuan-jun

    2004-01-01

    The characteristics of the strains induced by transformation and magnetic field in as-cast Ni-Mn-Ga alloy were systematically investigated. It is found that internal stress and texture introduced during casting bring the anisotropy of temperature-induced strains. However, no anisotropy of field-induced strains is induced, and the internal stress and the texture modulate only the temperature dependence of field-induced strains. Large retardance of field-induced strains was observed, which indicates the rearrangement of martensitic variants as a competition process between the stress energy and Zeeman energy. The non-continuous field dependence of strain indicates the unstable microstructure during martensitic transformation.

  12. A computational study of low-head direct chill slab casting of aluminum alloy AA2024

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    Hasan, Mainul; Begum, Latifa

    2016-04-01

    The steady state casting of an industrial-sized AA2024 slab has been modeled for a vertical low-head direct chill caster. The previously verified 3-D CFD code is used to investigate the solidification phenomena of the said long-range alloy by varying the pouring temperature, casting speed and the metal-mold contact heat transfer coefficient from 654 to 702 °C, 60-180 mm/min, and 1.0-4.0 kW/(m2 K), respectively. The important predicted results are presented and thoroughly discussed.

  13. Gating System Design for Casting thin Aluminium Alloy (Al-Si) Plates

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    Victor ANJO; Reyaz KHAN

    2013-01-01

    The main problems caused by improper gating are entrained aluminium oxide films, cuts and washes, low casting yield and entrapped gas. This study describes the design of a gating system to produce thin Aluminium cast alloy plates of different sizes and thicknesses of 4mm, 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm using the non-pressurized gating with ratio of 1:4:4 and green sand moulding technique. The gating design was based on the laws of fluid mechanics and empirical rules of gating for non ferrous metals. The ...

  14. Fabrication of Unidirectional Fiber Reinforced 6061 Aluminum Alloy Using High Pressure Squeeze Casting

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    1988-12-01

    soiidfication front as a funct:on of t:me. Suoerim csea cni t2s ine are ooin:s tlat reoresent t",e exact solution at the corresoonaing t:mes as cotainea from the...Bomoay, (1981). Nomoto, M., "Mechanical Properties of Squeeze Castings in Al- Cu Alloys," Journal Japan Institute Light Metals, Vol. 30 (1980), pp 212-216...5. KaneKo, Y., Murakami, H., Kuroda, K. and Nagazaki, S., "Squeeze Casting of Aluminum," Foundry Trade Journal , Vol. 148 (1980), pp 397-411. 6

  15. Microstructural characterization of as-cast hf-b alloys

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    Gigolotti, João Carlos Jânio; Suzuki, Paulo Atsushi; NUNES, Carlos Angelo; Coelho, Gilberto Carvalho

    2012-01-01

    An accurate knowledge of several metal-boron phase diagrams is important to evaluation of higher order systems such as metal-silicon-boron ternaries. The refinement and reassessment of phase diagram data is a continuous work, thus the reevaluation of metal-boron systems provides the possibility to confirm previous data from an investigation using higher purity materials and better analytical techniques. This work presents results of rigorous microstructural characterization of as-cast hafnium...

  16. An Investigation on Metallic Ion Release from Four Dental Casting Alloys

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    F. Nejatidanesh

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Statement of Problem: Element release from dental casting alloys into the oral environment is of clinical concern and is considered to be a potential health problem to all patients.Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the metallic ion release of four base metal alloys.Materials and Methods: Two Ni-Cr (Minalux and Supercast and two Co-Cr alloys (Minalia and Wironit were examined. Nine specimens of each type were prepared in 13×11×1.4 mm dimensions and each of the four alloys (3 specimens per group were conditioned in artificial saliva at 37 c for one, three and seven days.The conditioning media were analyzed for element-release using Inductive CoupledPlasma Atomic Emission Spectrophotometer (ICPAES. Collected data were statistically analyzed using ANOVA and Duncan multiple range test (P< 0.05.Results: The greatest amount of element release was seen after seven days (134.9 ppb Supercast, 159.2 ppb Minalux, 197.2 ppb Minalia, and 230.2 ppb Wironit. There was a significant difference between the released elements from the alloys after the three conditioning times (p<0.001.Conclusion: Element release from the studied alloys is proportional to the conditioning time. The Ni-Cr alloys tested in this investigation were more resistant to corrosion as compared to the Co-Cr alloys in artificial saliva. Supercast had the highest corrosion resistance.

  17. Development of a high creep strength hot-chamber die-casting zinc alloy

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    Goodwin, F.E. (International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC (United States))

    1992-05-01

    Alloys of Zn-0.3% Al-1.3% Cu-0.3% Mn-0.01% Mg were pressure die cast with Li levels of 0, 0.07, 0.13, and 0.19% Li. The creep properties of these alloys were between those of Zamak 5. and ILZRO 16. Immersion testing of die steel coupons in one of the Li-containing alloys showed rates of erosion similar to those known for Zamak alloys 3 and 5. The mechanism of impoved creep values in the Li-containing alloys appears to be Li-Zn compounds which at first are located on grain boundaries. After aging at 100deg C, they are found predominantly within the grains. Shortterm tensile properties of the Li-containing alloys are 75-85 percent of the properties of Zamak 5, except for the alloy containing the lowest amount of lithium. Elongation and impact values are low. The latter attribute may be caused by the high levels of Mn in these alloys, which form Al-Mn particles on grain boundaries. (orig.).

  18. Foundry technology and its applications of ductile iron castings produced by water-cooled copper alloy mold

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    2004-01-01

    The high efficiency mechanized foundry technology of castings produced by using water-cooled copper alloy permanent mold has been systematically studied. Through the researching a Cu-Cr-Mg alloy with high conductivity and good combined mechanical properties used for making permanent mold was developed, and the basic design principles of the water-cooled permanent mold along with the control-range of relevant foundry processing parameters were also established.A cast production line equipped with water-cooled copper alloy mold was designed and fabricated for production of ductile iron automobile gear castings. This production line can consistently make automobile gear castings in QT500-15 and QT600-5 (Chinese Standard) grades of ductile iron with up to 95 % casting success rate.

  19. APPLICATION OF MODIFYING ALLOYING ALLOY CONTAINING NANOSIZED POWDERS OF ACTIVE ELEMENTS IN PRODUCTION OF HIGH-STRENGTH CAST IRON WITH GLOBULAR GRAPHITE

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    A. S. Kalinichenko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Scientific and practical interest is the application of alloying alloy-modifiers for secondary treatment of high-strength cast iron to stabilize the process of spheroidization graphite and achieving higher physical-mechanical properties of castings. The peculiarity of the high-strength cast irons manufacturing technology is their tendency to supercooling during solidification in the mold. This leads to the formation of shrinkage defects and structurally free cementite, especially in thin-walled sections of the finished castings. To minimize these effects in foundry practice during production of ductile iron the secondary inoculation is widely used. In this regard, the question of the choice of the additives with effective impact not only on the graphitization process but also on the formation of the metallic base of ductile iron is relevant. The aim of the present work is to study the peculiarities of structure formation in cast iron with nodular graphite when alloying alloy-modifier based on tin with additions of nanoparticles of titanium carbide, yttrium oxide and graphite nano-pipes is used for secondary treatment. Melting of iron in laboratory conditions was performed in crucible induction furnace IST-006 with an acid lining held. Spheroidizing treatment of melt was realized with magnesium containing alloying alloy FeSiMg7 by means of ladle method. Secondary treatment of high strength cast iron was carried out by addition of alloying alloy-modifier in an amount of 0.1% to the bottom of the pouring ladle. Cast samples for chemical composition analysis, study of microstructure, technological and mechanical properties of the resultant alloy were made. Studies have shown that the secondary treatment of high strength cast iron with developed modifier-alloying alloy results in formation of the perlite metallic base due to the tin impact and nodular graphite with regular shape under the influence of titanium carbide, yttrium oxide and graphite nano

  20. CHIP MORPHOLOGY AND HOLE SURFACE TEXTURE IN THE DRILLING OF CAST ALUMINUM ALLOYS. (R825370C057)

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    The effects of cutting fluid and other process variables on chip morphology when drilling cast aluminium alloys are investigated. The effects of workpiece material, speed, feed, hole depth, cutting-fluid presence and percentage oil concentration, workpiece temperature, drill t...

  1. CHIP MORPHOLOGY AND HOLE SURFACE TEXTURE IN THE DRILLING OF CAST ALUMINUM ALLOYS. (R825370C057)

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    The effects of cutting fluid and other process variables on chip morphology when drilling cast aluminium alloys are investigated. The effects of workpiece material, speed, feed, hole depth, cutting-fluid presence and percentage oil concentration, workpiece temperature, drill t...

  2. Microstructure Evolution of Cast Al-Si-Cu Alloys in Solution Treatment

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    ZHANG Dingfei; PENG Jian; HUANG Guangiie; ZENG Dingding

    2008-01-01

    To develop a software to predict the evolution of microstructure and the development of mechanical properties during the heat treatment of cast aluminum alloys, we modeled the redistribution of solute during the solution treatment of multicomponent alloys. The predictions of solidification simulation softwareor the results of experiment provided the initial microstructure and solute distribution for simulation of heat treatment, Binary through quinary aluminum alloys with silicon, copper, magnesium, and iron were modeled.The basic model assumed local equilibrium (no undercooling due to nucleation or growth) and computed diffusion in the solid constituents during solidification. The evolution of microstructure during solution treatment was followed by qualitative and quantitative metallography. The results of simulation for the ternary alloy Al-7%Si=3.5%Cu were compared to experimental observation.

  3. Quantitative procedure for evaluation of microstructure of cast Mg-Al-Ca-Sr magnesium alloy

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    T. Rzychoń

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the microstructural characterization of ingot MRI-230D magnesium alloy and quantitative procedure for evaluation of microstructure are presented. The optical and scanning electron microscopy were used to study the morphology of microstructural compounds in this alloy. The X-ray diffraction was used to determination of phase composition. The as-cast microstructure of MRI-230D magnesium alloy containing aluminum, calcium and strontium consists of the dendritic α-Mg and such intermetallic compounds as: Al2Ca, Al4Sr and AlxMny. In the purpose quantitative description of microstructure semi-automatic procedures using Met-Ilo image analysis were developed. Prepared semi-automatic procedures allow a fast determination of phase content in MRI-230D alloy using light microscopy and will be useful in the quality control of MRI-230D ingots.

  4. Microstructure and Eutectic Transformation of Squeeze Casting Alumina/Zinc Alloy Composites

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    2003-01-01

    Alumina fiber-reinforced zinc alloy composites were manufactured by squeeze casting, and the eutectic transformation in thezinc alloy composites was studied. The results indicate that there is a fine and close interface between the fiber and the matrix,and the alloy elements can improve the combination between the fibers and the matrix in the composites. The fibers can serveas the sites of heterogeneous nucleation of the eutectic in the zinc alloy during the solidification of the composites, and thesilicon on the interface between the fibers and the matrix plays a leading role during the coupled growth of the eutectic so thatthe eutectic transformation of the composites consists of Al-Si eutectic transformation and Zn-Al eutectic transformation.

  5. Positive effect of yttrium on the reduction of pores in cast Al alloy

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    Hua, Guomin [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G6 (Canada); Ahmadi, Hojat [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G6 (Canada); Department of Mechanics of Agricultural Machinery, College of Agriculture and , Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nouri, Meisam [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G6 (Canada); Li, Dongyang, E-mail: dongyang.li@ualberta.ca [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G6 (Canada)

    2015-01-15

    Mechanical and electrochemical properties of Al alloys can be improved by adding a small amount of rare-earth such as yttrium. Here we demonstrate that adding yttrium also helps suppress the porosity in cast Al alloys, thus minimizing its detrimental effect on mechanical properties of the alloys. The mechanism behind is elucidated based on the hydrogen binding energies and the diffusion activation energies of hydrogen atoms in Al and Al–Y phases, calculated using the first-principle method. - Highlights: • The porosity of commercial Al alloy can be reduced by additive yttrium. • Formed Al{sub 3}Y phase helps reduce homogeneous nucleation of hydrogen bubbles. • Formed Al{sub 3}Y and Al{sub 2}Y phases could suppress the growth of hydrogen bubbles.

  6. Study of formation mechanism of incipient melting in thixo-cast Al–Si–Cu–Mg alloys

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    Du, Kang, E-mail: du126kang@126.com; Zhu, Qiang, E-mail: zhu.qiang@grinm.com; Li, Daquan, E-mail: lidaquan@grinm.com; Zhang, Fan, E-mail: sk_zf@163.com

    2015-08-15

    Mechanical properties of thixo-cast Al–Si–Cu–Mg alloys can be enhanced by T61 heat treatment. Copper and magnesium atoms in aluminum matrix can form homogeneously distributed precipitations after solution and aging treatment which harden the alloys. However, microsegregation of these alloying elements could form numerous tiny multi-compound phases during solidification. These phases could cause incipient melting defects in subsequent heat treatment process and degrade the macro-mechanical properties of productions. This study is to present heterogeneous distribution of Cu, Si, and Mg elements and formation of incipient melting defects (pores). In this study, incipient melting pores that occurred during solution treatment at various temperatures, even lower than common melting points of various intermetallic phases, were identified, in terms of a method of investigating the same surface area in the samples before and after solution treatment in a vacuum environment. The results also show that the incipient melting mostly originates at the clusters with fine intermetallic particles while also some at the edge of block-like Al{sub 2}Cu. The fine particles were determined being Al{sub 2}Cu, Al{sub 5}Cu{sub 2}Mg{sub 8}Si{sub 6} and Al{sub 8}Mg{sub 3}FeSi{sub 2}. Tendency of the incipient melting decreases with decreases of the width of the clusters. The formation mechanism of incipient melting pores in solution treatment process was discussed using both the Fick law and the LSW theory. Finally, a criterion of solution treatment to avoid incipient melting pores for the thixo-cast alloys is proposed. - Highlights: • In-situ comparison technique was used to analysis the change of eutectic phases. • The ralationship between eutectic phase size and incipient melting was studied. • Teat treatment criterion for higher incipient melting resistance was proposed.

  7. Modification Mechanism of Rare Earth Elements in ZA27 Casting Alloys

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    刘贵立; 李荣德

    2003-01-01

    The model of the liquid-phase ZA27 alloys was set up by molecular dynamics theory. The atomic structure of phase, RE-compounds, and the phase-liquid interface in ZA27 alloys were constructed by computer programming. Electronic structures of phase with rare earth elements dissolved and of phase-liquid interfaces with rare earth elements enrichment in ZA27 casting alloys were investigated by using the Recursion method. The ESE energy of RE elements and the structure energy of RE-compounds, phase, and the liquid-phase ZA27 alloys were calculated. The results show that rare earth elements are more stable to be in the phase interface than in phase, which explains the fact of very small solid so lubility of rare earth elements in phase, and the enrichment in the solid-liquid growth front. This makes dendrite melt and break down, dissociate and propagate. RE-compounds can act as heterogeneous nuclei for phase, leading to phase refinement. All above elucidates the modification mechanism of rare earth elements in zinc-aluminum casting alloys at electronic level.

  8. The effect of heat treatment on the gouging abrasion resistance of alloy white cast irons

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    Are, I. R. S.; Arnold, B. K.

    1995-02-01

    A series of heat treatments was employed to vary the microstructure of four commercially important alloy white cast irons, the wear resistance of which was then assessed by the ASTM jaw-crusher gouging abrasion test. Compared with the as-cast condition, standard austenitizing treatments produced a substantial increase in hardness, a marked decrease in the retained aus-tenite content in the matrix, and, in general, a significant improvement in gouging abrasion resistance. The gouging abrasion resistance tended to decline with increasing austenitizing tem-perature, although the changes in hardness and retained austenite content varied, depending on alloy composition. Subcritical heat treatment at 500 ° following hardening reduced the retained austenite content to values less than 10 pct, and in three of the alloys it caused a significant fall in both hardness and gouging abrasion resistance. The net result of the heat treatments was the development of optimal gouging abrasion resistance at intermediate levels of retained aus-tenite. The differing responses of the alloys to both high-temperature austenitizing treatments and to subcritical heat treatments at 500 ° were related to the effects of the differing carbon and alloying-element concentrations on changes in the M s temperature and secondary carbide precipitation.

  9. Crystallographic Characteristic of Intermetallic Compounds in Al-Si-Mg Casting Alloys Using Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    ZOU Yongzhi; XU Zhengbing; HE Juan; ZENG Jianmin

    2010-01-01

    The Al-Si-Mg alloy which can be strengthened by heat treatment is widely applied to the key components of aerospace and aeronautics. Iron-rich intermetallic compounds are well known to be strongly influential on mechanical properties in Al-Si-Mg alloys. But intermetallic compounds in cast Al-Si-Mg alloy intermetallics are often misidentified in previous metallurgical studies. It was described as many different compounds, such as AlFeSi, Al8Fe2Si, Al5(Fe, Mn)3Si2 and so on. For the purpose of solving this problem, the intermetallic compounds in cast Al-Si alloys containing 0.5% Mg were investigated in this study. The iron-rich compounds in Al-Si-Mg casting alloys were characterized by optical microscope(OM), scanning electron microscope(SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer(EDS), electron backscatter diffraction(EBSD) and X-ray powder diffraction(XRD). The electron backscatter diffraction patterns were used to assess the crystallographic characteristics of intermetallic compounds. The compound which contains Fe/Mg-rich particles with coarse morphologies was Al8FeMg3Si6 in the alloy by using EBSD. The compound belongs to hexagonal system, space group P2m, with the lattice parameter a=0.662 nm, c=0.792 nm. The β-phase is indexed as tetragonal Al3FeSi2, space group I4/mcm, a=0.607 nm and c=0.950 nm. The XRD data indicate that Al8FeMg3Si6 and Al3FeSi2 are present in the microstructure of Al-7Si-Mg alloy, which confirms the identification result of EBSD. The present study identified the iron-rich compound in Al-Si-Mg alloy, which provides a reliable method to identify the intermetallic compounds in short time in Al-Si-Mg alloy. Study results are helpful for identification of complex compounds in alloys.

  10. Final Report, Volume 1, Metallurgical Evaluation of Cast Duplex Stainless Steels and their Weldments

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    Wen, Songqing; Lundin, Carl, W.; Batten, Greg, W.

    2005-09-30

    pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance for both the wrought and cast duplex alloys; (3) Castings generally have better toughness than their wrought counterparts in the temperature range of 80°C to +20°C; (4) All shield metal arc (SMA) test welds in DSS castings, with recommended or over matching filler metal, indicate that welding is not a significant factor when considering DSS applications.

  11. Final Report, Volume 1, Metallurgical Evaluation of Cast Duplex Stainless Steels and their Weldments

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    Wen, Songqing; Lundin, Carl, W.; Batten, Greg, W.

    2005-09-30

    pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance for both the wrought and cast duplex alloys; (3) Castings generally have better toughness than their wrought counterparts in the temperature range of -80 C to +20 C; (4) All shield metal arc (SMA) test welds in DSS castings, with recommended or over matching filler metal, indicate that welding is not a significant factor when considering DSS applications.

  12. Effect of lithium on the casting microstructure of Cu-Li alloys

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    ZHU Dachuan; SONG Mingzhao; YANG Dingming; CHEN Jiazhao; TU Mingjing

    2005-01-01

    The effect of lithium on the casting microstructure of Cu-Li alloys was studied via the Wild MPS 46 Automatic camera, Deitz Diaplan, and scanning electron microscope. The result shows that trace lithium added to copper coarsens the grains of Cu-Li alloys in equiaxed crystal area because of the excellent purification effect. With the amount of lithium increasing, the average grain size increases sharply. But when the amount of lithium increases more, the average grain size decreases instead. At the same time, the typical dentritic crystal area of copper is diminished when lithium is added to pure copper.

  13. Influence of neodymium on high cycle fatigue behavior of die cast AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    杨友; 李雪松

    2010-01-01

    High cycle fatigue behavior of die cast AZ91D magnesium alloy with different Nd contents was investigated.Axial mechanical fatigue tests were conducted at the stress ratio R=0.1 and the fatigue strength was evaluated using up-to-down load method on specimens of AZ91D with different Nd contents.The results showed that the grain of AZ91D alloy was refined,the size and amount of β-Mg17Al12 phase decreased and distributed uniformly with increasing Nd content.At the number of cycles to failure,Nf=107,the fatigue...

  14. Wear and Corrosion of Cast Al Alloy Piston with and without Brake Oil

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    Olawale Olarewaju Ajibola; Daniel Toyin Oloruntoba

    2015-01-01

    The effects of wear and corrosion of cast AA6061 aluminium alloy were studied with and without brake fluid using a wear jig while the corrosion rate was determined in brake fluid for 70 days under two experimental set-ups. The tests, yielded 0.00000123 g/mm2/min highest wear rate at 147000 wear cycles and 0.0334 mg/mm2/yr as the highest corrosion rate within the early 39th day of immersion in oil, the values being considered comparatively lower than those obtained for Al alloy in most common ...

  15. Development of Cast Alumina-forming Austenitic Stainless Steel Alloys for use in High Temperature Process Environments

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    Muralidharan, Govindarajan [ORNL; Yamamoto, Yukinori [ORNL; Brady, Michael P [ORNL; Pint, Bruce A [ORNL; Pankiw, Roman [Duraloy Technologies Inc; Voke, Don [Duraloy Technologies Inc

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    There is significant interest in the development of alumina-forming, creep resistant alloys for use in various industrial process environments. It is expected that these alloys can be fabricated into components for use in these environments through centrifugal casting and welding. Based on the successful earlier studies on the development of wrought versions of Alumina-Forming Austenitic (AFA) alloys, new alloy compositions have been developed for cast products. These alloys achieve good high-temperature oxidation resistance due to the formation of protective Al2O3 scales while multiple second-phase precipitation strengthening contributes to excellent creep resistance. This work will summarize the results on the development and properties of a centrifugally cast AFA alloy. This paper highlights the strength, oxidation resistance in air and water vapor containing environments, and creep properties in the as-cast condition over the temperature range of 750°C to 900°C in a centrifugally cast heat. Preliminary results for a laboratory cast AFA composition with good oxidation resistance at 1100°C are also presented.

  16. Effect of Casting Parameters on the Microstructural and Mechanical Behavior of Magnesium AZ31-B Alloy Strips Cast on a Single Belt Casting Simulator

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    Ahmad Changizi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Strips of magnesium alloy AZ31-B were cast on a simulator of a horizontal single belt caster incorporating a moving mold system. Mixtures of CO2 and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6 gases were used as protective atmosphere during melting and casting. The castability of the AZ31-B strips was investigated for a smooth, low carbon steel substrate, and six copper substrates with various textures and roughnesses. Graphite powder was used to coat the substrates. The correlation between strip thickness and heat flux was investigated. It was found that the heat flux from the forming strip to the copper substrate was higher than that to the steel substrate, while coated substrates registered lower heat fluxes than uncoated substrates. The highest heat flux from the strip was recorded for casting on macrotextured copper substrates with 0.15 mm grooves. As the thickness of the strip decreased, the net heat flux decreased. As the heat flux increased, the grain sizes of the strips were reduced, and the SDAS decreased. The mechanical properties were improved when the heat flux increased. The black layers which formed on the strips’ surfaces were analyzed and identified as nanoscale MgO particles. Nano-Scale particles act as light traps and appeared black.

  17. Texture analysis of cold rolled and annealed aluminum alloy produced by twin-roll casting

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    Juliana de Paula Martins

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available A 7.4 mm thick strip of 3003 aluminum alloy produced by the industrial twin-roll casting (TRC process was homogenized at 500 °C for 12 hours, after which it was cold rolled in two conditions: 1 to reduce the strip's thickness by 67%, and 2 to reduce it by 91%. The alloy was annealed at 400 °C for 1 hour in both conditions. The results revealed that a rotated cube texture, the {001} component, predominated in the as-cast condition and was transformed into brass, copper and S type textures during the cold rolling process. There was practically no difference between the deformation textures at the two thickness reductions.

  18. The Influence of Casting Defects on Fatigue Resistance of Elektron 21 Magnesium Alloy

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    I. Pikos

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The Mg-RE alloys are attractive, constructional materials, especially for aircraft and automotive industry, thanks to combination of low density, good mechanical properties, also at elevated temperature, and good castability and machinability. Present paper contains results of fatigue resistance test carried out on Elektron 21 magnesium alloy, followed by microstructural and fractographical investigation of material after test. The as-cast material has been heat treated according to two different procedures. The fatigue resistance test has been conducted with 106 cycles of uniaxial, sine wave form stress between 9 MPa and 90 MPa. Fractures of specimens, which ruptured during the test, have been investigated with scanning electron microscope. The microstructure of specimens has been investigated with light microscopy. Detrimental effect of casting defects, as inclusions and porosity, on fatigue resistance has been proved. Also the influence of heat treatment's parameters has been described.

  19. The technology transfer of non-ferrous alloys casting during the middle age

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    A. Garbacz-Klempka

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The article reports on the findings from the metallographic analysis of 13th c. archaeological objects from Chełm (eastern Poland. The group submitted for analysis includes jeweller’s dies used in the production of women’s ceremonial ornaments, crucibles and bronze ornaments. The Mongol invasion of 13th c. had caused craftsmen from central areas of East Europe to flee and seek shelter in the western parts of Rus. It may be safe to interpret the finds from Chełm as the remains of a jeweller’s workshop, the site of casting and working copper alloys and silver. The analysis of the technology used in casting copper alloys and silver in the jeweller’s workshop were made using optical microscopy, X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray radiography.

  20. Ferrous alloys cast under high pressure gas atmosphere

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    Pirowski Z.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this paper is describing the essence of the process of introducing nitrogen to the melt of ferrous alloys by application of overpressure above the metal bath. The problem was discussed in terms of both theory (the thermodynamic aspects of the process and practice (the technical and technological aspects, safety of the furnace stand operation, and technique of conducting the melt. The novel technique of melting under high pressure of the gas atmosphere (up to 5 MPa has not been used so far in the domestic industry, mainly because of the lack of proper equipment satisfyng the requirements of safe operation. Owing to cooperation undertaken with a partner from Bulgaria, a more detailed investigation of this technology has become possible and melting of selected ferrous alloys was conducted under the gas atmosphere at a pressure of about 3,5 MPa.

  1. Microstructure of as-cast Mg-Y-RE-Zr magnesium alloy

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    K.N. Braszczyńska-Malik

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Microstructure analyscs of as-cast Mg - 4.0 wt.8 Y - 3.3 wt.% RE - 0.5 wt.9 Zr alloy werc camcd out. Light microscopy andscanning clcct ron microscopy (SEM+EDX tcchniqucs wcrc us4 lo chnmcterizc lthc invcstigatcd material. Rcsults show that the =-castdcndritic micmsrructurc is characrcritcd hy lamcltar cutoctic aC primary u phase and intcrdcndritic phasc Mg-Nd-Y tw. Additionally,"quadratic" ytrrium-rich prccipitatcs wcrc rcvealcd.

  2. The Behaviour of Bifilm Defects in Cast Al-7Si-Mg Alloy

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    2016-01-01

    Double oxide films (bifilms) are significant defects in the casting of light alloys, and have been shown to decrease tensile and fatigue properties, and also to increase their scatter, making casting properties unreproducible and unreliable. A bifilm consists of doubled-over oxide films containing a gas-filled crevice and is formed due to surface turbulence of the liquid metal during handling and/or pouring. Previous studies has shown that the nature of oxide film defects may change with time, as the atmosphere inside the bifilm could be consumed by reaction with the surrounding melt, which may enhance the mechanical properties of Al alloy castings. As a proxy for a bifilm, an air bubble was trapped within an Al-7wt.%Si-0.3wt.%Mg (2L99) alloy melt, subjected to stirring. The effect of different parameters such as the holding time, stirring velocity and melt temperature on the change in gas composition of the bubble was investigated, using a design of experiments (DoE) approach. Also, the solid species inside the bubbles solidified in the melt were examined using SEM. The results suggested that both oxygen and nitrogen inside the bifilm would be consumed by reaction with the surrounding melt producing MgAl2O4 and AlN, respectively. Also, hydrogen was suggested to consistently diffuse into the defect. The reaction rates and the rate of H diffusion were shown to increase upon increasing the holding time and temperature, and stirring velocity. Such significant effect of the process parameters studied on the gaseous content of the bubble suggesting that a careful control of such parameters might lead to the deactivation of bifilm defects, or at least elimination of their deteriorous effect in light alloy castings. PMID:27529350

  3. Study on Characteristics of Crystal Growth of NdFeB Cast Alloys

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    李波; 郭炳麟; 王东玲; 刘涛; 喻晓军

    2004-01-01

    The characteristic of crystal growth of NdFeB cast alloys was studied.It is found that the crystal growth orientation of conventional ingots is along or .As the cooling rate increases,the crystallization orientation changes from a axis to c axis,along which the grain is easy to be magnetized.Meanwhile,by analyzing the change of crystallization orientation,the influence on the property of magnets was discussed.

  4. Characteristic of intermetallic phases in cast dental CoCrMo alloy

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    M. Podrez-Radziszewska

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Apart from chromium and molybdenum, casting alloys of cobalt usually contain also up to 0.35 % of carbon. With significant content ofcarbon, presence of carbide-forming alloying elements results in creating carbide phases. These alloys are characterised by dendriticstructure of solid solution of chromium and molybdenum in cobalt with interdendritically precipitated carbides. Because of high chromiumcontent, dominating are M23C6-type carbides, but chromium-rich carbides can be also of M7C3 and M3C2-types. The other elements inthe alloy result in creating M6C and MC-type carbides. In the case of low carbon content, creating carbides and forming intermetallicphases based on the alloying elements and cobalt become limited.The presented research was aimed at characterising structure of the cobalt-based dental alloy containing trace quantity of carbon.Characterised were intermetallic phases hardening the alloy. Microscopic examinations using light microscopy, SEM and TEM werecarried out. Chemical microanalysis of the precipitates using X-ray analyser EDS was performed, as well as phase analysis using selectedarea electron diffraction.

  5. Comparison of corrosion behavior of ZL104 alloy at as-cast and heat treatment states

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    2002-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of ZL 104 alloy at different states (as-cast and heat treatment) in salt spray corrosion (SSC) was studied. The results show that the sample treated after refinement and modification has the least corrosive resistance compared with the sample bearing as-cast structure at the beginning of the corrosion. As the corrosion process continued, however, the trend reversed itself. After 44 h continuous corrosion, the corrosive rates of all samples tend to be stable. After experiments, the sample bearing as-cast structure had the most corrosive products on the surface whereas the sample being refined and modified had the least products. The Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)analyses of the corrosion products show that these products are composed of hydroxyl-containing substances.

  6. Thermal cooling effects in the microstructure and properties of cast cobalt-base biomedical alloys

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    Vega Valer, Vladimir

    Joint replacement prosthesis is widely used in the biomedical field to provide a solution for dysfunctional human body joints. The demand for orthopedic knee and hip implants motivate scientists and manufacturers to develop novel materials or to increase the life of service and efficiency of current materials. Cobalt-base alloys have been investigated by various researchers for biomedical implantations. When these alloys contain Chromium, Molybdenum, and Carbon, they exhibit good tribological and mechanical properties, as well as excellent biocompatibility and corrosion resistance. In this study, the microstructure of cast Co-Cr-Mo-C alloy is purposely modified by inducing rapid solidification through fusion welding processes and solution annealing heat treatment (quenched in water at room temperature. In particular the effect of high cooling rates on the athermal phase transformation FCC(gamma)↔HCP(epsilon) on the alloy hardness and corrosion resistance is investigated. The Co-alloy microstructures were characterized using metallography and microscopy techniques. It was found that the as cast sample typically dendritic with dendritic grain sizes of approximately 150 microm and containing Cr-rich coarse carbide precipitates along the interdendritic boundaries. Solution annealing gives rise to a refined microstructure with grain size of 30 microm, common among Co-Cr-Mo alloys after heat treating. Alternatively, an ultrafine grain structure (between 2 and 10 microm) was developed in the fusion zone for specimens melted using Laser and TIG welding methods. When laser surface modification treatments were implemented, the developed solidification microstructure shifted from dendritic to a fine cellular morphology, with possible nanoscale carbide precipitates along the cellular boundaries. In turn, the solidified regions exhibited high hardness values (461.5HV), which exceeds by almost 110 points from the alloy in the as-cast condition. The amount of developed athermal

  7. Effect of Alloying Elements on Thermal Wear of Cast Hot-Forging Die Steels

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    WANG Shu-qi; CHEN Kang-min; CUI Xiang-hong; JIANG Qi-chuan; HONG Bian

    2006-01-01

    The effect of main alloying elements on thermal wear of cast hot-forging die steels was studied. The wear mechanism was discussed. The results show that alloying elements have significant influences on the thermal wear of cast hot-forging die steels. The wear rates decrease with an increase in chromium content from 3% to 4% and molybdenum content from 2% to 3%, respectively. With further increase of chromium and molybdenum contents, chromium slightly reduces the wear resistance and molybdenum severely deteriorates the wear resistance with high wear rate. Lower vanadium/carbon ratio (1.5-2.5) leads to a lower wear resistance with higher wear rate. With an increase in vanadium/carbon ratio, the wear resistance of the cast steel substantially increases. When vanadium/carbon ratio is 3, the wear rate reaches the lowest value. The predominant mechanism of thermal wear of cast hot-forging die steels are oxidation wear and fatigue delamination. The Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 or lumps of brittle wear debris are formed on the wear surface.

  8. Effect of alloying elements on solidification of primary austenite in Ni-Mn-Cu cast iron

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    A. Janus

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Within the research, determined were direction and intensity of alloying elements influence on solidification way (directional orvolumetric of primary austenite dendrites in hypoeutectic austenitic cast iron Ni-Mn-Cu. 50 cast shafts dia. 20 mm were analysed.Chemical composition of the alloy was as follows: 1.7 to 3.3 % C, 1.4 to 3.1 % Si, 2.8 to 9.9 % Ni, 0.4 to 7.7 % Mn, 0 to 4.6 % Cu, 0.14 to0.16 % P and 0.03 to 0.04 % S. The discriminant analysis revealed that carbon influences solidification of primary austenite dendrites most intensively. It clearly increases the tendency to volumetric solidification. Influence of the other elements is much weaker. This means that the solidification way of primary austenite dendrites in hypoeutectic austenitic cast iron Ni-Mn-Cu does not differ from that in an unalloyed cast iron.

  9. Characterization of Phases in an As-cast Copper-Manganese-Aluminum Alloy

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    J.Iqbal, F.Hasan; F.Ahmad

    2006-01-01

    Copper-manganese-aluminum (CMA) alloys, containing small additions of Fe, Ni, and Si, exhibit good strength and remarkable corrosion resistance against sea water. The alloys are used in as-cast condition, and their microstructure can show wide variations. The morphology, crystallography and composition of the phases presented in an as-cast (CMA) alloy of nominal composition Cu-14%Mn-8%Al-3%Fe-2%Ni were investigated using optical, electron optical, and microprobe analytical techniques. The as-cast microstructure consisted of the grains of fcc α and bcc β-phases alongwith intermetallic precipitates of various morphologies. The dendritic-shaped particles and the cuboid-shaped precipitates, which were rich in Fe and Mn and had an fcc DO3 structure. These four different morphologies of intermetallic precipitates exhibited discrete orientationrelationships with the α-matrix. The β-grains only contained very small cuboid shaped precipitates, which could only be resolved through transmission electron microscopy. These precipitates were found to be based on Fe3Al and had the DO3 structure.

  10. Effect of Forging on Microstructure, Texture, and Uniaxial Properties of Cast AZ31B Alloy

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    Toscano, D.; Shaha, S. K.; Behravesh, B.; Jahed, H.; Williams, B.

    2017-07-01

    The effect of open-die hot forging on cast AZ31B magnesium alloy was investigated in terms of the evolution of microstructure, texture, and mechanical properties. A refined microstructure with strong basal texture was developed in forged material. A significant increase in tensile yield and ultimate strengths by 143 and 23%, respectively, was determined as well. When tested in compression at room temperature, the forged alloy displayed significant in-plane asymmetry and unchanged yield strength compared to the cast alloy owing to the activation of 10\\bar{1}2} Microstructure and texture analysis of the fracture samples confirmed that the deformation of the forged samples was dominated by slip during tension and twin in compression. In comparison, both slip and twin were observed in the cast samples for similar testing conditions. The increase in strength of forging was attributed to the refinement of grains and the formation of strong basal texture, which activated the non-basal slip on the prismatic and pyramidal slip systems instead of extension twin.

  11. Microstructural Characterization of Co-Cr-Mo-W Alloy as Casting for Odontological Application

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    Priscila S. N. Mendes

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Interest in the analysis and material characterization is rising due to the necessity of the adequate material selection based on system performance in study. The analysis and knowledge of the microstructure and the mechanical properties of any material are of utmost importance since it aims primarily to estimate the performance during the material life span, minimizing the possibility of degradation and undesirable flaws during product utilization. Co-Cr-Mo-W alloys have been well accepted in odontology as prosthesis material, due to its high mechanical resistance, good corrosion resistance and exceptional biocompatibility properties. This study aims to characterize the microstructure of a cobalt based alloy (Co-Cr-Mo-W obtained through vacuum casting process. Optical microscopy, electronic sweeping microscopy and X-ray were employed and Vickers hardness test with loads of 100 gf, 500 gf and 1000 gf during 10 s. Microstructure casting is characterized by a Co-fcc dendritic matrix with a secondary phase, as well as M23C6 precipitate carbides in the interdendritics zones and grain boundaries. The precipitation of carbides represents the main device of strengthening in the cast state for these types of alloys and is also responsible for its lower mechanical properties. The material attained hardness between 25 and 35 HRC, meeting the ASTM F75 standards.

  12. The Influence of Laser Surface Remelting on the Microstructure of EN AC-48000 Cast Alloy

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    Piątkowski J.

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Paper present a thermal analysis of laser heating and remelting of EN AC-48000 (EN AC-AlSi12CuNiMg cast alloy used mainly for casting pistons of internal combustion engines. Laser optics were arranged such that the impingement spot size on the material was a circular with beam radius rb changes from 7 to 1500 μm. The laser surface remelting was performed under argon flow. The resulting temperature distribution, cooling rate distribution, temperature gradients and the depth of remelting are related to the laser power density and scanning velocity. The formation of microstructure during solidification after laser surface remelting of tested alloy was explained. Laser treatment of alloy tests were perform by changing the three parameters: the power of the laser beam, radius and crystallization rate. The laser surface remelting needs the selection such selection of the parameters, which leads to a significant disintegration of the structure. This method is able to increase surface hardness, for example in layered castings used for pistons in automotive engines.

  13. Near-Surface Microstructure on Twin-Roll Cast 8906 Aluminum Alloy

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    Wang, Junjie; Zhou, Xiaorong; Thompson, George E.; Hunter, John A.; Yuan, Yudie

    2015-06-01

    The microstructure of the near-surface region of twin-roll cast foil stock 8906 AlFeSi alloy has been investigated. It was revealed that a near-surface layer with microstructure differing from that of the underlying bulk alloy was generated due to severe surface shear strain during twin-roll casting. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy showed that the near-surface layer consists of nano-sized grains with diameters varying in the range of 50 to 600 nm. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy revealed that grain boundaries within the near-surface layer were decorated by aluminum oxide particles and carbon-containing lubricant inclusions. Preferential precipitation of a high population density of cubic α-AlFeSi dispersoids, of 30 to 150 nm diameter, was observed within the near-surface layer. The near-surface layer was associated with shingles on the twin-roll cast alloy surface and the maximum layer thickness of approximately 6 µm was observed at the shingles. Other areas of the surface were either free of the near-surface layer or had a thinner near-surface layer.

  14. Metallic Reinforcement of Direct Squeeze Die Casting Aluminum Alloys for Improved Strength and Fracture Resistance

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    D. Schwam: J.F. Wallace: Y. Zhu: J.W. Ki

    2004-10-01

    The utilization of aluminum die casting as enclosures where internal equipment is rotating inside of the casting and could fracture requires a strong housing to restrain the fractured parts. A typical example would be a supercharger. In case of a failure, unless adequately contained, fractured parts could injure people operating the equipment. A number of potential reinforcement materials were investigated. The initial work was conducted in sand molds to create experimental conditions that promote prolonged contact of the reinforcing material with molten aluminum. Bonding of Aluminum bronze, Cast iron, and Ni-resist inserts with various electroplated coatings and surface treatments were analyzed. Also toughening of A354 aluminum cast alloy by steel and stainless steel wire mesh with various conditions was analyzed. A practical approach to reinforcement of die cast aluminum components is to use a reinforcing steel preform. Such performs can be fabricated from steel wire mesh or perforated metal sheet by stamping or deep drawing. A hemispherical, dome shaped casting was selected in this investigation. A deep drawing die was used to fabricate the reinforcing performs. The tendency of aluminum cast enclosures to fracture could be significantly reduced by installing a wire mesh of austenitic stainless steel or a punched austenitic stainless steel sheet within the casting. The use of reinforcements made of austenitic stainless steel wire mesh or punched austenitic stainless steel sheet provided marked improvement in reducing the fragmentation of the casting. The best strengthening was obtained with austenitic stainless steel wire and with a punched stainless steel sheet without annealing this material. Somewhat lower results were obtained with the annealed punched stainless steel sheet. When the annealed 1020 steel wire mesh was used, the results were only slightly improved because of the lower mechanical properties of this unalloyed steel. The lowest results were

  15. Effect of low-frequency electromagnetic field on the as-cast microstructure of a new super high strength aluminum alloy by horizontal continuous casting

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    2005-01-01

    The super high strength aluminum alloy ingots with 100 mm in diameter were cast by the process of low-frequency electromagnetic horizontal continuous casting (LFEHC) and the effect of electromagnetic field on the as-cast microstructure was studied. Results show that microstructure of the sample prepared by the LFEHC process was greatly refined. Microstructures at the border and the center of the ingots were fine, uniform and rosette-shaped.Electromagnetic frequency plays a key role in microstructure refining. Fine and uniform microstructures can be obtained with optimal electromagnetic frequency. In this experiment, under a frequency of 30 Hz the microstructure was the finest and the most uniform.

  16. Modeling of microporosity formation in A356 aluminum alloy casting

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    Zhu, J. D.; Cockcroft, S. L.; Maijer, D. M.

    2006-03-01

    A numerical model for predicting microporosity formation in aluminum castings has been developed, which describes the redistribution of hydrogen between solid and liquid phases, the transport of hydrogen in liquid by diffusion, and Darcy flow in the mushy zone. For simulating the nucleation of hydrogen pores, the initial pore radius is assumed to be a function of the secondary dendrite arm spacing, whereas pore growth is based on the assumption that hydrogen activity within the pore and the liquid are in equilibrium. One of the key features of the model is that it uses a two-stage approach for porosity prediction. In the first stage, the volume fraction of porosity is calculated based on the reduced pressure, whereas, in the second stage, at fractions solid greater than the liquid encapsulation point, the fraction porosity is calculated based on the volume of liquid trapped within the continuous solid network, which is estimated using a correlation based on the Niyama parameter. The porosity model is used in conjunction with a thermal model solved using the commercial finite-element package ABAQUS. The parameters influencing the formation of microporosity are discussed including a means to describe the supersaturation of hydrogen necessary for pore nucleation. The model has been applied to examine the evolution of porosity in a series of experimental samples cast using unmodified A356 in which the initial hydrogen content was varied from 0.048 to 0.137 (cc/100 g). A comparison between the model predictions and the experimental measurements indicates good agreement in terms of the variation in porosity with distance from the chill and the variation resulting from initial hydrogen content.

  17. Microstructure characteristics of Ni-43Ti-4Al-2Nb-2Hf alloy prepared by conventional casting and directional solidification

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    Zhou Lei

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available To further investigate the microstructure characteristic and solidification mechanism, so as to provide knowledge for the microstructure control of a NiTi-Al based high-temperature structural material, the microstructure of Ni-43Ti-4Al-2Nb-2Hf (at.% alloy ingots prepared by conventional casting (arc-melting and directional solidification (DS at various drawing velocities (2 mm·min-1, 18 mm·min-1, 30 mm·min-1 and 60 mm·min-1, respectively was investigated by means of electron probe microanalyses. Experimental results reveal that the microstructures are composed of NiTi matrix phase, β-Nb phase and Ti2Ni phase for samples obtained by both conventional casting and DS. Conventional casting has an equiaxial structure, while DS has a slender and acicular cellular structure which grows along the [001] orientation preferentially. Small amounts of white β-Nb phase and black Ti2Ni phase co-exist at the grain boundaries or intercellular regions. With an increase in drawing velocity, the NiTi matrix phase is inclined to grow along (100 and (200 crystallographic planes, and the cellular arm spacing reduce gradually, but the directionality of the solidified structure weakens significantly. The homogeneous dispersion of β-Nb phase and the decrease of Ti2Ni phase in DS samples are beneficial to improving the mechanical properties. Solidification mechanism analysis indicates that the dark grey NiTi matrix phase initially precipitates from the liquid phase, and then the divorced eutectic reaction takes place, which produces the light gray matrix phase and β-Nb phase. Finally, the peritectic reaction happens, which generates the black Ti2Ni phase. The complete solidified path of the alloy is L→ NiTi+L → NiTi+ β-Nb+L → NiTi+β-Nb + Ti2Ni.

  18. The Effect of Aluminum Content and Processing on the Tensile Behavior of High Pressure Die Cast Mg Alloys

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    Deda, Erin M.

    Due to their high specific strength and good castability, magnesium alloys are desirable for use in weight reduction strategies in automotive applications. However, the mechanical properties of high pressure die cast (HPDC) magnesium can be highly variable and dependent on location in the casting. To better understand the relationship between microstructure and tensile properties, the influence of alloying and section thickness on the microstructural features and tensile properties of Mg-Al and Mg-Al-Mn alloys is quantified. This investigation provides experimental input to modeling activities for the development of an Integrated Computational Materials Engineering capability, to assess and quantify the impact of microstructure on the tensile behavior of HPDC Mg AM series (magnesium-aluminum-manganese) alloys. As a result of this work, it is found that with increasing aluminum content, the yield strength increases and the ductility decreases. Increasing the plate thickness results in a decrease in both the yield strength and ductility. HPDC components have varying microstructural features through the plate thickness, developing a "skin" and "core". The grain size, beta-Mg 17Al12 phase, and solute content are all quantified through the thickness of the plates. By quantifying microstructural variations, a physics-based model has been developed which is able to predict the effects of alloying and plate thickness on yield strength. The primary factors affecting strengthening are accounted for using a linear superposition model of solid solution, grain size, and dispersion hardening. This model takes into account through-thickness microstructure gradients that exist in HPDC components by using a composite model to incorporate the skin and core changes. The yield strength in these alloys is dominated by grain boundary strengthening and solute hardening effects. In order to isolate the effects of eutectic phases, shrinkage porosity and oxide films on strength and

  19. Modification of Magnesium Alloys by Ceramic Particles in Gravity Die Casting

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    Urs Haßlinger

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A critical drawback for the application of magnesium wrought alloys is the limited formability of semifinished products that arises from a strong texture formation during thermomechanical treatment. The ability of second phase particles embedded into the metal matrix to alter this texture evolution is of great interest. Therefore, the fabrication of particle modified magnesium alloys (particle content 0.5–1 wt.-% by gravity die casting has been studied. Five different types of micron sized ceramic powders (AlN, MgB2, MgO, SiC, and ZrB2 have been investigated to identify applicable particles for the modification. Agglomeration of the particles is revealed to be the central problem for the fabrication process. The main factors that influence the agglomerate size are the particle size and the intensity of melt stirring. Concerning handling, chemical stability in the Mg-Al-Zn alloy system, settling and wetting in the melt, and formation of the microstructure in most cases, the investigated powders show satisfying properties. However, SiC is chemically unstable in aluminum containing alloys. The high density of ZrB2 causes large particles to settle subsequent to stirring resulting in an inhomogeneous distribution of the particles over the cast billet.

  20. A comparative study of Mg-Gd-Y-Zr alloy cast by metal mould and sand mould

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    Wang Qilong

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The differences of the microstructure and mechanical property between metal mould and sand mould cast Mg-10Gd-3Y-Zr alloy were investigated both under as-cast condition and after solution heat treatment. In the as-cast specimens, the microstructure is similar and composed of α-Mg solid solution and eutectic compound of α-Mg+ Mg24(Gd,Y5; whereas the grain size using metal mould and sand mould is 27 μm and 71 μm, respectively.The eutectic compound of metal mould cast alloy was completely dissolved after solution treated at 500℃ for 8 h, however it needs higher temperature (525 ℃ and longer time (12 h to achieve the absolute dissolving under sand mould condition. In contrast to metal mould, the peak time of sand mould alloy aged at 225 ℃ and 250 ℃ of was advanced by 4 h and 6 h, respectively. The precipitation reaction sequence in sand mould cast Mg-10Gd-3Y-Zr alloy during isothermal ageing at 250 ℃ follows S.S.S.S.→β″(D019→β′(cboc→β1(fcc→β(fcc, which is similar to that in the alloy cast using metal mould.

  1. Selected aspects of the piece production of iron alloy castings in terms of their environmental impact

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    Z. Maniowski

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Problems of environmental protection are nowadays one of the top priorities in a policy programme adopted by the European Community.Reducing the negative impact of the domestic foundry industry on environment should result from complex and long-lasting activities,targeted not only at modernisation of the dust collecting units, but also at searches and implementation of alternative, innovative and more pro-ecology oriented means and techniques of casting manufacture. Reducing to minimum the level of emissions escaping to the environment should be considered at all stages of the casting manufacturing process. In this study, the discussion was restricted to the process of the manufacture of moulds and cores for piece production of the heavy castings. The environmental impact of the technology of making moulds and cores in sands with chemical binders, used most often in piece production of large castings poured from iron alloys, was highlighted. As an alternative technology of mould preparation for the piece production of castings, the ecological and economic aspects of the full mould process were presented.

  2. Grain refinement of ASTM A356 aluminum alloy using sloping plate process through gravity die casting

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    Adnan Mehmood

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Sloping plate flow is used for enhancement of material properties through grain refinement in gravity die casting of Aluminum alloy ASTM A356. The castings are prepared with different slope angles of an 800 mm long, naturally cooled stainless steel plate. The specimens obtained are then tested for tensile strength and elongation. Microstructure of the cast specimens is observed and conclusions drawn on the grain size and precipitate morphology as a function of angle of sloping plate. Analysis is presented for the boundary layer created while the material flows over the plate. An indication of the boundary layer thickness is determined by measuring the thickness of the residual metal layer on the plate after casting. An analytical solution of the boundary layer thickness is also presented. It is shown that the calculated boundary layer thickness and the thickness of the layer of material left in the channel after casting are in good agreement. Moreover, microstructure examination and tensile tests show that best properties are achieved with a 60° sloping plate.

  3. EFFECT OF La-RICH RE ON THE STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF B319 ALLOY IN LOST FOAM CASTING

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    吴国华; 谢敏; 王叶双; 马春江; 朱燕萍; 丁文江

    2002-01-01

    By use of ICP spectroscopy, energy spectrum analysis, hydrogen tester, image analyzer, the differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and microscope analysis, the effects of RE on the Porosity, structure and properties of B319 aluminum alloy were studied. The results show that under the 0. 3 C/s slow cooling rate in lost foam casting, the effect of RE on modification and grain size of B319 aluminum alloy is little. With the increase of RE master alloy, the tensile strength and elongation increase. When RE>0. 15%, block-like La2Si2Al3 phase appear, and the tensile strength and elongation decrease. The results also show that the melt hydrogen content and casting porosity can be decreased greatly by adding 0.15% RE to aluminum melt. This is the important reason why RE improves the mechanical properties of casting under lost foam casting condition.

  4. Negative creep during compressive creep of as-cast ZA27 alloy

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    魏晓伟; 沈保罗; 易勇

    2003-01-01

    The negative creep during compressive creep deformation of as-cast ZA27 alloy was investigated at the temperature range of 20-160℃ and at compressive stress levels from 50-137.5MPa with special apparatus. Results show that the negative creep in the alloy occurred respectively at 20℃ (50MPa, 87.5MPa and 100MPa), 60℃(50MPa and 87.5MPa) and 100℃(50MPa). According to the phase transformation and theoretical analysis, the negative creep resulted from volume expansion caused by four-phase transformation α+ε→T′+η in the alloy. The theoretical analysis is consistent with the experiment results. And the values of negative creep depended on the difference between the compressive creep deformation and the volume expansion.

  5. Barium phosphate conversion coating on die-cast AZ91D magnesium alloy

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    2008-01-01

    Poor corrosion resistance limits the application of magnesium alloys.Conversion coating is widely used to protect magnesium alloys because of easy operation and low cost.A novel conversion coating on die.cast AZ91D magnesium alloy containing barium salts was studied.The optimum concentrations of Ba(NO3)2,Mn(NO3)2 and NH4H2PO4 are 25 g/L,15 mL/L and 20 g/L,respectively,based on orthogonal test resulm.The treating time,solution temperature and PH value are settled to be 5-30 min,50-70℃and 2.35-3.0.respectively.The corrosion resistance of barium conversion coating is better than that of manganese-based phosphate conversion coating by immersion test.The coating is composed of Ba,P, O,Mg,Zn,Mn and Al by EDX analysis.

  6. Massive Si Phase and Its Growth Mechanism in Al-Si Casting Alloy

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    Hengcheng LIAO; Guoxiong SUN

    2004-01-01

    Optical microscope and scanning electron microscope were used to observe the microstructure of the Al-11.6%Si and Al-11.6%Si-0.4%Mg alloys and the morphology of the massive silicon particles. It is found that the massive silicon phase, observed in the unfully modified alloys with 0.010%Sr, disappears completely in the alloys fully modified with 0.020%Sr. The serrations and reentrant edges shown in the massive silicon particles with the conventional casting indicate that the TPRE mechanism plays an important role in the growth of the massive silicon phase. The ripples and steps suggest that the "lateral microscopic growth" may be another operating mechanism.

  7. Phase composition, structure and properties of cast Ti-Si-Sn-Al alloys

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    Bulanova, M.; Ban' kovsky, O.; Soroka, A.; Samelyuk, A.; Tretyachenko, L.; Kulak, L.; Firstov, S. [AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev (Ukraine). Inst. Problem Materialovedeniya

    2000-01-01

    By the methods of X-ray, microscopic and electron microprobe analysis the phase compositions of Ti-rich as-cast Ti-Si-Sn-Al alloys were studied. Projections of the solidus and liquidus surfaces at three Si/Sn ratios (9Si-1Sn, 7Si-3Sn, 5Si-5Sn in at.%) are discussed. The projections are similar to that for the Ti-Si-Al system, and differ in the width of the homogeneity range of the coexisting phases. Microhardness of the constituents (transformed {beta}-Ti, Ti{sub 5} (Si,Sn, Al){sub 3}) (Z) and eutectic ({beta}+Z) was measured. The results are discussed on the basis of the above projections. Long-term and hot hardness of the alloys were examined. They strongly depend on the relative tin content in the alloys. All the alloys studied show higher strength at elevated temperature than VT-18 alloy. The alloy 75Ti-5Si-5Sn-15Al seems to be prospective in respect to workability. (orig.)

  8. Machining studies of die cast aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites

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    Sornakumar, Thambu; Kathiresan, Marimuthu

    2010-10-01

    Metal matrix composites (MMCs) with high specific stiffness, high strength, improved wear resistance, and thermal properties are being increasingly used in advanced structural, aerospace, automotive, electronics, and wear applications. Aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites were developed using a new combination of the vortex method and the pressure die-casting technique in the present work. Machining studies were conducted on the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide (SiC) composite work pieces using high speed steel (HSS) end-mill tools in a milling machine at different speeds and feeds. The quantitative studies on the machined work piece show that the surface finish is better for higher speeds and lower feeds. The surface roughness of the plain aluminum alloy is better than that of the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites. The studies on tool wear show that flank wear increases with speed and feed. The end-mill tool wear is higher on machining the aluminum alloy-silicon carbide composites than on machining the plain aluminum alloy.

  9. Analysis of Al-Mg casting alloys crystallization with use of „ATND” method

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    T. Ciućka

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of non-ferrous metals crystallization tests performed with use of the ATND method. Such tests are performed in the Institute of Chipless Technology, Academy of Technology and Humanities in Bielsko-Biala. Method of analysis of non-ferrous metals crystallization gives complete picture of arisen structural components of alloys. Particular structural components of alloys investigated with use of the ATND method were verified in x-ray microanalysis, what unequivocally confirmed their presence. Below are presented in graphical form (crystallization diagrams results of crystallization process obtained from the ATND method. In crystallization diagrams of AlMg10 and AG51 alloys are shown curves (thermal curve and its derivative, voltage curve and its derivative. Crystallizable individual structural components of the investigated alloys are reflected on curves of the method in form of characteristic peaks. The tests were performed with AlMg10 and AlMg5Si1 aluminum-magnesium alloys casting. Moreover, the paper presents structures of the investigated alloys with marked structural components identified with use of x-ray microanalysis.

  10. Modification Performance of WC Nanoparticles in Aluminum and an Al-Si Casting Alloy

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    Borodianskiy, Konstantin; Zinigrad, Michael

    2016-04-01

    The influence of a modifier based on tungsten carbide (WC) nanoparticles is investigated first using 1 kg of bulk aluminum and then in a real industrial process using a commercial Al-Si casting alloy. The modifier is prepared by two different approaches, and its influence is investigated in pure aluminum and in commercial aluminum alloy A356. Microstructural studies show that the mean grain size in pure aluminum is reduced by 11.5 pct. Such a change usually causes an improvement in the mechanical properties of metals. Accordingly, the mechanical properties of the A356 alloy modified with WC nanoparticles are determined after T6 heat treatment and compared with unmodified specimens of the same alloy. The results obtained in the modified A356 alloy reveal unusual behavior of the mechanical properties, where the elongation of the alloys improved by 32 to 64 pct, while the tensile strength and yield strength remained unchanged. This behavior is attributable to a grain-size strengthening mechanism, where strengthening occurs due to the high concentration of grain boundaries, which act as obstacles to the motion of dislocations in the lattice.

  11. New creep resistant cast alloys with improved oxidation resistance in water vapor at 650-800ºC

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    Sebastien eDryepondt; Pint, Bruce A.; Maziasz, Philip J.

    2015-01-01

    Cast stainless steel CF8C-Plus (19wt.%Cr/12%Ni) has excellent creep properties, but limited oxidation resistance above 700ºC in environments containing H2O. One strategy to improve the alloy oxidation performance is to increase the Cr and Ni concentration. Two new alloys, with respectively 21wt%Cr-15wt%Ni and 22wt%Cr-17.5wt%Ni were therefore developed and their long-term oxidation behavior in humid air were compared with the oxidation behavior of five other cast alloys. At 650 and 700ºC, all ...

  12. New Creep-Resistant Cast Alloys with Improved Oxidation Resistance in Water Vapor at 650–800°C

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    Dryepondt, Sebastien; Pint, Bruce A.; Maziasz, Philip J.

    2015-01-01

    Cast stainless steel CF8C-Plus (19wt%Cr/12%Ni) has excellent creep properties, but limited oxidation resistance above 700°C in environments containing H2O. One strategy to improve the alloy oxidation performance is to increase the Cr and Ni concentration. Two new alloys, with, respectively, 21wt%Cr–15wt%Ni and 22wt%Cr–17.5wt%Ni were therefore developed and their long-term oxidation behaviors in humid air were compared with the oxidation behavior of five other cast alloys. At 650°C and 700°C, ...

  13. Comparative study of cytotoxicity of direct metal laser sintered and cast Co-Cr-Mo dental alloy

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    T. Puskar

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The presented work investigated the cytotoxicity of direct metal laser sintered (DMLS and cast Co-Cr-Mo (CCM dental alloy. In vitro tests were done on human fibroblast cell line MRC-5. There was no statistically significant difference in the cytotoxic effects of DMLS and CCM alloy specimens. The results of this investigation show good potential of DMLS Co-Cr-Mo alloy for application in dentistry.

  14. Microstructures and creep properties of Mg-4Al-(1-4) La alloys produced by different casting techniques

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    Bai Jing, E-mail: baijing@seu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Advanced Metallic Materials, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Sun Yangshan; Xue Feng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Advanced Metallic Materials, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Qiang Jing [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China)

    2012-08-30

    The microstructures, mechanical properties and creep resistance of Mg-4Al-(1-4) La alloys produced by permanent mold casting and high pressure die casting (HPDC) were investigated. In addition to solute atoms in {alpha}-Mg matrix, Al element may exist in the form of three different intermetallic phases in the present alloys depending on the experimental conditions. In both casting states, the increase of La addition results in a rise in the volume fraction of Al{sub 11}La{sub 3} eutectic, and simultaneously Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} phase, including divorced eutectic in as-cast state and discontinuous precipitation after creep, is suppressed until completely disappears. This leads to a gradual increase in creep resistance. The formation of more Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} phase in HPDC alloys is considered a major factor in causing their worse creep properties by comparison with that of the permanent mold casting alloys when La content is in a lower level below 2 wt.%. By contrast, the HPDC alloys show better creep resistance with La content added above 2 wt.% owing to the formation of denser network distribution of Al{sub 11}La{sub 3} phase along grain/dendrite boundaries as a result of more rapid solidification rate and higher solidification pressure. For the alloys studied, grain/dendrite boundary sliding is suggested to be a possible controlling mechanism responsible for creep deformation at elevated temperatures.

  15. Microstructure, microstructural stability and mechanical properties of sand-cast Mg–4Al–4RE alloy

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    Rzychoń, Tomasz, E-mail: tomasz.rzychon@polsl.pl [Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Krasińskiego 8, 40 019 Katowice (Poland); Kiełbus, Andrzej [Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Krasińskiego 8, 40 019 Katowice (Poland); Lityńska-Dobrzyńska, Lidia [Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, 25 Reymonta Street, 30-059 Kraków (Poland)

    2013-09-15

    This paper presents a methodology for assessing the phase composition and the results of structural stability tests of the sand-cast Mg–4Al–4RE alloy after annealing it at 175 and 250 °C for 3000 h. The microstructure was analyzed with optical, scanning electron, and transmission electron microscopy. The phase composition was determined with X-ray diffraction. The structure of the Mg–4Al–4RE (AE44) alloy is composed of large grains of α-Mg solid solution, needle-shaped precipitates of the Al{sub 11}RE{sub 3}phase, polyhedral precipitates of the Al{sub 2}RE phase and Al{sub 10}RE{sub 2}Mn{sub 7} phase. After annealing at 175 °C for 3000 h, no changes in the alloy structure are observed, whereas after annealing at 250 °C the precipitates of the Al{sub 11}RE{sub 3} phase are found to be in the initial stages of spheroidization. The coarse-grained structure and unfavorable morphology of the intermetallic phases in the sand-cast AE44 alloy, which are caused by low solidification rates, result in low creep resistance up to 200 °C and low mechanical properties at ambient temperature and at 175 °C. - Highlights: • Complement the knowledge about the microstructure of Mg-Al-RE alloys. • Clarify the mechanism of formation of Mg17Al12 phase above 180 °C. • Applying a chemical dissolution of the α-Mg in order to phase identification. • Applying a statistical test to assess the spheroidization of precipitates. • Quantitative description of microstructure of Mg-Al-RE alloys.

  16. Determination of the metal/die interfacial heat transfer coefficient of high pressure die cast B390 alloy

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    Cao, Yongyou; Guo, Zhipeng; Xiong, Shoumei

    2012-07-01

    High-pressure die cast B390 alloy was prepared on a 350 ton cold chamber die casting machine. The metal/die interfacial heat transfer coefficient of the alloy was investigated. Considering the filling process, a "finger"-shaped casting was designed for the experiments. This casting consisted of five plates with different thicknesses (0.05 inch or 1.27 mm to 0.25 inch or 6.35 mm) as well as individual ingates and overflows. Experiments under various operation conditions were conducted, and temperatures were measured at various specific locations inside the die. Based on the results, the interfacial heat transfer coefficient and heat flux were determined by solving the inverse heat transfer problem. The influence of the mold-filling sequence, sensor locations, as well as processing parameters including the casting pressure, die temperature, and fast/slow shot speeds on the heat transfer coefficient were discussed.

  17. Hot-tearing of multicomponent Al-Cu alloys based on casting load measurements in a constrained permanent mold

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    Sabau, Adrian S [ORNL; Mirmiran, Seyed [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America; Glaspie, Christopher [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America; Li, Shimin [Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), MA; Apelian, Diran [Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), MA; Shyam, Amit [ORNL; Haynes, James A [ORNL; Rodriguez, Andres [Nemak, Garza Garcia, N.L., Mexico

    2017-01-01

    Hot-tearing is a major casting defect that is often difficult to characterize, especially for multicomponent Al alloys used for cylinder head castings. The susceptibility of multicomponent Al-Cu alloys to hot-tearing during permanent mold casting was investigated using a constrained permanent mold in which the load and displacement was measured. The experimental results for hot tearing susceptibility are compared with those obtained from a hot-tearing criterion based temperature range evaluated at fraction solids of 0.87 and 0.94. The Cu composition was varied from approximately 5 to 8 pct. (weight). Casting experiments were conducted without grain refining. The measured load during casting can be used to indicate the severity of hot tearing. However, when small hot-tears are present, the load variation cannot be used to detect and assess hot-tearing susceptibility.

  18. Processing of Advanced Cast Alloys for A-USC Steam Turbine Applications

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    Jablonski, Paul D.; Hawk, Jeffery A.; Cowen, Christopher J.; Maziasz, Philip J.

    2012-02-01

    The high-temperature components within conventional supercritical coal-fired power plants are manufactured from ferritic/martensitic steels. To reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the efficiency of pulverized coal steam power plants must be increased to as high a temperature and pressure as feasible. The proposed steam temperature in the DOE/NETL Advanced Ultra Supercritical power plant is high enough (760°C) that ferritic/martensitic steels will not work for the majority of high-temperature components in the turbine or for pipes and tubes in the boiler due to temperature limitations of this class of materials. Thus, Ni-based superalloys are being considered for many of these components. Off-the-shelf forged nickel alloys have shown good promise at these temperatures, but further improvements can be made through experimentation within the nominal chemistry range as well as through thermomechanical processing and subsequent heat treatment. However, cast nickel-based superalloys, which possess high strength, creep resistance, and weldability, are typically not available, particularly those with good ductility and toughness that are weldable in thick sections. To address those issues related to thick casting for turbine casings, for example, cast analogs of selected wrought nickel-based superalloys such as alloy 263, Haynes 282, and Nimonic 105 have been produced. Alloy design criteria, melt processing experiences, and heat treatment are discussed with respect to the as-processed and heat-treated microstructures and selected mechanical properties. The discussion concludes with the prospects for full-scale development of a thick section casting for a steam turbine valve chest or rotor casing.

  19. The structure and mechanical properties of as-cast Zr-Ti alloys

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    Hsu, H.-C.; Wu, S.-C. [Department of Dental Laboratory Technology, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan (China); Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Material Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan (China); Sung, Y.-C. [Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Da-Yeh University, Changhua, Taiwan (China); Ho, W.-F., E-mail: fujii@mail.dyu.edu.t [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Da-Yeh University, No. 168, University Road, Dacun, Changhua 515, Taiwan (China)

    2009-11-20

    This study has investigated the structure and mechanical properties of pure Zr and a series of binary Zr-Ti alloys in order to determine their potential application as dental implant materials. The titanium contents of these alloys range from 10 to 40 wt.% and were prepared by arc melting in inert gas. This study evaluated the phase and structure of these Zr-Ti alloys using an X-ray diffraction (XRD) for phase analysis, and an optical microscope for microstructure analysis of the etched alloys. Three-point bending tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of all specimens. The experimental results indicated that the pure Zr and Zr-10Ti comprised entirely of an acicular hexagonal structure of {alpha}' phase. When the Ti content increased to 20 wt.%, a significant amount of {beta} phase was retained. However, when the Ti content increased to 40 wt.%, only the equi-axed, retained {beta} phase was observed in the cast alloy. Moreover, the hardness values and bending strengths of the Zr-Ti alloys decreased with an increasing Ti content. Among pure Zr and Zr-Ti alloys, the {alpha}'-phase Zr-10Ti alloy has the greatest hardness and bending strength. The pure Zr and Zr-Ti alloys exhibit a similar elastic modulus ranging from 68 GPa (Zr-30Ti) to 78 GPa (Zr-40Ti). Based on the results of elastic moduli, pure Zr and Zr-Ti alloys are found to be suitable for implant materials due to lower modulus. Like bending strength, the elastically recoverable angle of Zr-Ti alloys decreased as the concentration of Ti increased. In the current search for a better implant material, the Zr-10Ti alloy exhibited the highest bending strength/modulus ratios as large as 25.3, which are higher than that of pure Zr (14.9) by 70%, and commercially pure Ti (8.7) by 191%. Thus, Zr-Ti alloy's low modulus, ductile property, excellent elastic recovery capability and impressive strength confirm that it is a promising candidate for dental implant materials.

  20. Processing and Microstructure Characteristics of As-Cast A356 Alloys Manufactured via Ultrasonic Cavitation during Solidification

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    Xuan, Yang; Jia, Shian; Nastac, Laurentiu

    2017-04-01

    Recent studies have showed that the microstructure and mechanical properties of A356 alloy can be significantly improved when ultrasonic cavitation and solidification processing is used. This is because during the fabrication of A356 castings, ultrasonic cavitation processing plays an important role in degassing and refining the as-cast microstructure. In the present study, A356 alloy and Al2O3/SiC nanoparticles are used as the matrix alloy and the reinforcements, respectively. Nanoparticles are injected into the molten alloy and dispersed by ultrasonic cavitation. Ultrasonic cavitation was also applied during solidification of these nanocomposites. The microstructure and nanoparticle distribution of the cast samples have been investigated in detail. The current experimental results indicated that ultrasonic cavitation during solidification will greatly improve the microstructure of the samples. Al2O3 and SiC nanoparticle reinforced nanocomposites have different nanoparticle distributions in the matrix.

  1. Effect of Rare Earth Alloy Modification on High Carbon Equivalent Gray Cast Iron of Automotive Brake Drum

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    ZHANG Daowen; LI Zhu; HUANG Jie

    2012-01-01

    Effect of rare earth alloy modification on properties and microstructure of high carbon equivalent gray cast iron was investigated.The experimental results show that in the way of mechanical property,when the addition of rare earth alloy is 0.2% and 0.3%,the tensile strength of cast iron increases.In the way of microstructure,the addition of rare earth alloy increases the number of primary austenite dendrites,reduces secondary dendritic arm spacing,and changes the eutectic size and quantity.When rare earth alloy is added into gray cast iron,the morphology and quantity of graphite play a major role on the improvement of tensile strength.

  2. Evaluation of an improved centrifugal casting machine.

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    Donovan, T E; White, L E

    1985-05-01

    A Type III gold alloy, a silver-palladium alloy, and a base metal alloy were cast in two different centrifugal casting machines. With the number of complete cast mesh squares as an indicator of castability, the Airspin casting machine produced superior castings with all three alloys. The base metal alloy produced the greatest number of complete squares with both casting machines.

  3. Structure and mechanical properties of as-cast Ti–5Sn–xCr alloys

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    Hsu, Hsueh-Chuan; Wu, Shih-Ching; Hsu, Shih-Kuang [Department of Dental Technology and Materials Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, ROC (China); Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Chien-Yu [Advanced Materials and BioMaterials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Da-Yeh University, 168 University Road, Dacun, Changhua 51591, Taiwan, ROC (China); Ho, Wen-Fu, E-mail: fujii@mail.dyu.edu.tw [Advanced Materials and BioMaterials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Da-Yeh University, 168 University Road, Dacun, Changhua 51591, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2014-06-01

    In this study, the effects of chromium (Cr) on the structure and mechanical properties of a Ti–5Sn-based system were examined, with an emphasis on improving the strength/modulus ratio. Commercially pure titanium (c.p. Ti) was used as a control. As-cast Ti–5Sn and a series of Ti–5Sn–xCr (x=1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13 wt%) alloys prepared by using a commercial arc-melting vacuum-pressure casting system were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) for phase analysis was conducted using a diffractometer. Three-point bending tests were performed on all specimens to evaluate their mechanical properties. The experimental results indicate that the structure and mechanical properties of these alloys changed with the addition of various amounts of Cr. The as-cast Ti–5Sn has a hexagonal α' phase. When 1 wt% Cr was introduced into the Ti–5Sn alloy, the structure essentially stayed the same. When the Cr content was at 3 wt%, retention of the metastable β phase began. When the Cr content was increased to 5 wt% or greater, the β phase was entirely retained. The ω phase was detected in Ti–5Sn–3Cr and Ti–5Sn–5Cr. Ti–5Sn–5Cr, which had the largest quantity of the ω phase, exhibited the highest microhardness value due to the hardening effect of the ω phase. Among all Ti–5Sn-based alloys, the β-phase Ti–5Sn–7Cr alloy had the lowest elastic modulus. It also exhibited higher bending strength/modulus ratios, which at 26.8 were higher than that of c.p. Ti (8.5) and that of Ti–6Al–4V (17.4). Furthermore, the elastically recoverable angle of this alloy (31.0°) was much greater than that of c.p. Ti (2.7°). In the search for better implant materials, the low modulus, ductile property, excellent elastic recovery capability and high strength/modulus ratio of β-phase Ti–5Sn–7Cr make this alloy a promising candidate.

  4. Creep and residual mechanical properties of cast superalloys and oxide dispersion strengthened alloys

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    Whittenberger, J. D.

    1981-01-01

    Tensile, stress-rupture, creep, and residual tensile properties after creep testing were determined for two typical cast superalloys and four advanced oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloys. The superalloys examined included the nickel-base alloy B-1900 and the cobalt-base alloy MAR-M509. The nickel-base ODS MA-757 (Ni-16CR-4Al-0.6Y2O3 and the iron-base ODS alloy MA-956 (Fe-20Cr-5Al-0.8Y2O3) were extensively studied, while limited testing was conducted on the ODS nickel-base alloys STCA (Ni-16Cr-4.5Al-2Y2O3) with a without Ta and YD-NiCrAl (Ni-16Cr-5Al-2Y2O3). Elevated temperature testing was conducted from 114 to 1477 K except for STCA and YD-NiCrAl alloys, which were only tested at 1366 K. The residual tensile properties of B-1900 and MAR-M509 are not reduced by prior creep testing (strains at least up to 1 percent), while the room temperature tensile properties of ODS nickel-base alloys can be reduced by small amounts of prior creep strain (less than 0.5 percent). The iron-base ODS alloy MA-956 does not appear to be susceptible to creep degradation at least up to strains of about 0.25 percent. However, MA-956 exhibits unusual creep behavior which apparently involves crack nucleation and growth.

  5. Microstructure and mechanical properties of cast Mg-15Al-xNd alloy by permanent mold

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    Zhou Kangkang

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available To improve the comprehensive mechanical properties of Mg-15Al magnesium alloy, different amounts (from 0 to 4.0wt.% of Nd were added to the alloy and six Mg-15Al-xNd alloys were prepared by metal mould casting. The effect of Nd content on microstructure of the alloys was investigated by means of OM, SEM, EDS, TEM, and XRD. The tensile properties were tested at room temperature (RT and high temperature (473 K. The results indicate that the primary α-Mg dendrite is significantly refined with the addition of Nd. The best refinement is reached at 1.0wt.% Nd content and the average dendrite arm spacing decreases from 80-100 μm (without Nd addition to ~20 μm. A further increase in Nd content leads to the coarsening of the primary α-Mg dendrite. The addition of Nd improves the tensile properties of Mg-15Al both at RT and 473 K. The Mg-15Al alloy containing 1.0wt.% Nd exhibits the best tensile properties. Compared with the alloy without Nd, the yield and ultimate tensile strength of the Mg-15Al-1.0Nd alloy at RT increase from 132.3 to 148.6 MPa and 152.3 to 189.6 MPa, increase by 12.3% and 24.5%, respectively; and the elongation at RT increases from 0.05 % to 1.24%. The yield and tensile strength of the alloy at 473 K increase from 97.9 to 115.3 MPa and 121.6 to 140.1 MPa, increase by 15.2% and 20%, respectively. Further increment of Nd content to 1.5wt.% degrades the tensile properties, which is ascribed to grain coarsening and growth of the Al-Nd phase.

  6. Cast Metals Coalition Technology Transfer and Program Management Final Report

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    Gwyn, Mike

    2009-03-31

    The Cast Metals Coalition (CMC) partnership program was funded to ensure that the results of the Department of Energy's (DOE) metalcasting research and development (R&D) projects are successfully deployed into industry. Specifically, the CMC program coordinated the transfer and deployment of energy saving technologies and process improvements developed under separately funded DOE programs and projects into industry. The transition of these technologies and process improvements is a critical step in the path to realizing actual energy savings. At full deployment, DOE funded metalcasting R&D results are projected to save 55% of the energy used by the industry in 1998. This closely aligns with DOE's current goal of driving a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity by 2017. In addition to benefiting DOE, these energy savings provide metalcasters with a significant economic advantage. Deployment of already completed R&D project results and those still underway is estimated to return over 500% of the original DOE and industry investment. Energy savings estimates through December 2008 from the Energy-Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology (E-SMARRT) portfolio of projects alone are 12 x 1012 BTUs, with a projection of over 50 x 1012 BTUs ten years after program completion. These energy savings and process improvements have been made possible through the unique collaborative structure of the CMC partnership. The CMC team consists of DOE's Office of Industrial Technology, the three leading metalcasting technical societies in the U.S: the American Foundry Society; the North American Die Casting Association; and the Steel Founders Society of America; and the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), a recognized leader in distributed technology management. CMC provides collaborative leadership to a complex industry composed of approximately 2,100 companies, 80% of which employ less than 100 people, and only 4% of which employ more than 250 people

  7. Effect of Multipoint Sequential Water Mist Cooling of Casting Die on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AlSi11 Alloy

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    Władysiak R.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The work is a continuation of research on the use of water mist cooling in order to increase efficiency of the die-casting process for aluminum alloys. The paper describes the multipoint sequential cooling system of the casting die and its computer control and monitoring. It also includes results of the tests and analysis of cooling methods during making of the casting. These methods differ from each other in the sequence of casting die cooling and cause effective changes in microstructure and mechanical properties of castings made of AlSi11 alloy. The study demonstrated that the use of multipoint sequential cooling with water mist affects the microstructure refinement and reduces the segregation in the cast as well as more than by 20% increases the mechanical properties of castings in the rough state. The study also demonstrates that the sequential cooling of casting die accelerates the cooling of the casting and shortens die-casting cycle.

  8. Effect of Multipoint Sequential Water Mist Cooling of Casting Die on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AlSi11 Alloy

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    R. Władysiak

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The work is a continuation of research on the use of water mist cooling in order to increase efficiency of the die-casting process for aluminum alloys. The paper describes the multipoint sequential cooling system of the casting die and its computer control and monitoring.It also includes results of the tests and analysis of cooling methods during making of the casting. These methods differ from each other in the sequence of casting die cooling and cause effective changes in microstructure and mechanical properties of castings made of AlSi11 alloy. The study demonstrated that the use of multipoint sequential cooling with water mist affects the microstructure refinement and reduces the segregation in the cast as well as more than by 20% increases the mechanical properties of castings in the rough state. The study also demonstrates that the sequential cooling of casting die accelerates the cooling of the casting and shortens die-casting cycle.

  9. Hot Deformation Behavior of a Differential Pressure Casting Mg-8Gd-4Y-Nd-Zr Alloy

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    Tang, Changping; Liu, Wenhui; Chen, Yuqiang; Liu, Xiao; Deng, Yunlai

    2016-11-01

    To fabricate components with high performance, the compression behavior and microstructure evolution of a differential pressure casting Mg-8Gd-4Y-Nd-Zr alloy were investigated. The cylindrical samples were compressed at temperatures ranging from 350 °C to 525 °C and strain rates ranging from 0.001 s-1 to 2 s-1. For the compression at 350 °C, dynamic precipitation occurs and consumes much of the solutes in the matrix, which should be avoided. The recrystallized grain size (d) decreases when the proposed deformation parameter (Z) increases, and the resulting Z-d relationship is established. Finally, a superior deformation process of 500 °C/0.01 s-1 is determined based on the experimental results. Moreover, a plate with an ultimate tensile strength of 413 MPa was fabricated.

  10. Hot Deformation Behavior of a Differential Pressure Casting Mg-8Gd-4Y-Nd-Zr Alloy

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    Tang, Changping; Liu, Wenhui; Chen, Yuqiang; Liu, Xiao; Deng, Yunlai

    2017-01-01

    To fabricate components with high performance, the compression behavior and microstructure evolution of a differential pressure casting Mg-8Gd-4Y-Nd-Zr alloy were investigated. The cylindrical samples were compressed at temperatures ranging from 350 °C to 525 °C and strain rates ranging from 0.001 s-1 to 2 s-1. For the compression at 350 °C, dynamic precipitation occurs and consumes much of the solutes in the matrix, which should be avoided. The recrystallized grain size (d) decreases when the proposed deformation parameter (Z) increases, and the resulting Z-d relationship is established. Finally, a superior deformation process of 500 °C/0.01 s-1 is determined based on the experimental results. Moreover, a plate with an ultimate tensile strength of 413 MPa was fabricated.

  11. Effects of Moulding Sand Permeability and Pouring Temperatures on Properties of Cast 6061 Aluminium Alloy

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    Olawale Olarewaju Ajibola

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Effects of moulding sand permeabilities prepared from the combinations of four proportions of coarse and fine particle size mixtures and pouring temperatures varied from 700, 750, and 800 (±10°C were studied on the hardness, porosity, strength, and microstructure of cast aluminium pistons used in hydraulic brake master cylinder. Three sand moulds were prepared from each of the 80 : 20, 60 : 40, 40 : 60, and 20 : 80 ratios. The surfaces and microstructures of cast samples were examined using high resolution microscopic camera, metallurgical microscope with digital camera, and scanning electron microscope with EDX facilities. The best of the metallurgical properties were obtained from the combination of 80 : 20 coarse-fine sand ratio and 750 ± 10°C pouring temperature using as MgFeSi inoculant. An 8 : 25 ratio of coarse to fine grained eutectic aluminium alloy was obtained with enhanced metallographic properties. The cast alloy poured at 750 ± 1°C has a large number of fine grain formations assuming broom-resembling structures as shown in the 100 µm size SEM image.

  12. Multistage Fatigue Modeling of Cast A356-T6 and A380-F Aluminum Alloys

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    Xue, Y.; Burton, C. L.; Horstemeyer, M. F.; McDowell, D. L.; Berry, J. T.

    2007-08-01

    This article presents a microstructure-based multistage fatigue (MSF) model extended from the model developed by McDowell et al.[1,2] to an A380-F aluminum alloy to consider microstructure-property relations of descending order, signifying deleterious effects of defects/discontinuities: (1) pores or oxides greater than 100 μm, (2) pores or oxides greater than 50 μm near the free surface, (3) a high porosity region with an area greater than 200 μm, and (4) oxide film of an area greater than 10,000 μm2. These microconstituents, inclusions, or discontinuities represent different casting features that may dominate fatigue life at stages of fatigue damage evolutions. The incubation life is estimated using a modified Coffin Mansion law at the microscale based on the microplasticity at the discontinuity. The microstructurally small crack (MSC) and physically small crack (PSC) growth was modeled using the crack tip displacement as the driving force, which is affected by the porosity and dendrite cell size (DCS). When the fatigue damage evolves to several DCSs, cracks behave as long cracks with growth subject to the effective stress intensity factor in linear elastic fracture mechanics. Based on an understanding of the microstructures of A380-F and A356-T6 aluminum alloys, an engineering treatment of the MSF model was introduced for A380-F aluminum alloys by tailoring a few model parameters based on the mechanical properties of the alloy. The MSF model is used to predict the upper and lower bounds of the experimental fatigue strain life and stress life of the two cast aluminum alloys.

  13. In vitro biocompatibility assessment of Co-Cr-Mo dental cast alloy

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    Dimić Ivana

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Metallic materials, such as Co-Cr-Mo alloys, are exposed to aggressive conditions in the oral cavity which represents ideal environment for metallic ion release and biodegradation. The released metallic ions from dental materials can cause local and/or systemic adverse effects in the human body. Therefore, the dental materials are required to possess appropriate mechanical, physical, chemical and biological properties. The biocompatibility of metallic materials is very important for dental applications. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to examine metallic ion release and cytotoxicity of Co-30Cr-5Mo cast alloy as the initial phase of biocompatibility evaluation. Determination of human (MRC-5 and animal (L929 fibroblast cells viability was conducted using three in vitro test methods: colorimetric methyl-thiazol-tetrazolium (MTT test, dye exclusion test (DET and agar diffusion test (ADT. Furthermore, the cells morphology and growth were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The obtained results indicated that Co-30Cr-5Mo alloy did not release harmful elements in high concentrations that could cause detrimental effects on human and animal fibroblasts under the given experimental conditions. Moreover, the fibroblast cells showed good adhesion on the Co-30Cr-5Mo alloy surface. Therefore, it can be concluded that Co-30Cr-5Mo alloy is biocompatible material which can be safely used in dentistry. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 46010 i br. ON 174004

  14. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Mg-Al-Ca-Nd Alloys Fabricated by Gravity Casting

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    2008-01-01

    The aims of this study are to investigate the effects of Nd addition in the Mg-Al-Ca alloys on microstructure and mechanical properties. Microstructure of as-cast Mg-5Al-3Ca alloy containing Nd consists of α-Mg matrix,eutectic phase and Al-Nd rich intermetallic compound. As Nd addition was increased, α-Mg matrix morphology was changed from dendritic to equiaxed grains and average value of grain size was decreased. Nd addition to Mg-5Al-3Ca based alloys resulted in the formation of Al-Nd rich intermetallic compounds at grain boundary and α-Mg matrix grains. And these Al-Nd rich intermetallic compounds were dispersed homogeneously. In these alloys, two kinds of eutectic phases were observed, i.e. coarse irregular-shape structure at grain boundary and fine needle-shape structure in the α-Mg matrix grain. It is found that the ultimate strength showed the maximum value of 271 MPa at Mg-5Al-3Ca-2Nd alloy and elongation was decreased as the addition of Nd was increased.

  15. Cerium-Based, Intermetallic-Strengthened Aluminum Casting Alloy: High-Volume Co-product Development

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    Sims, Zachary C.; Weiss, D.; McCall, S. K.; McGuire, M. A.; Ott, R. T.; Geer, Tom; Rios, Orlando; Turchi, P. A. E.

    2016-07-01

    Several rare earth elements are considered by-products to rare earth mining efforts. By using one of these by-product elements in a high-volume application such as aluminum casting alloys, the supply of more valuable rare earths can be globally stabilized. Stabilizing the global rare earth market will decrease the long-term criticality of other rare earth elements. The low demand for Ce, the most abundant rare earth, contributes to the instability of rare earth extraction. In this article, we discuss a series of intermetallic-strengthened Al alloys that exhibit the potential for new high-volume use of Ce. The castability, structure, and mechanical properties of binary, ternary, and quaternary Al-Ce based alloys are discussed. We have determined Al-Ce based alloys to be highly castable across a broad range of compositions. Nanoscale intermetallics dominate the microstructure and are the theorized source of the high ductility. In addition, room-temperature physical properties appear to be competitive with existing aluminum alloys with extended high-temperature stability of the nanostructured intermetallic.

  16. Microstructure and property of zinc phosphate coating on die-casting magnesium alloy AZ91D

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    LI Guang-yu; LIAN Jian-she; NIU Li-yuan; JIANG Zhong-hao

    2006-01-01

    A surface treatment method was described, which can form a uniform and dense phosphate conversion coating on the die -casting magnesium alloy AZ91D in a non-chromate and non-nitrite bath. The coating consists of Zn3(PO4)2-4H2O, Zn, AlPO4 and MgZn2(PO4)2 analyzed by XRD. The SEM results show that the microstructure of the zinc phosphate coating transfers from flower-like to slab-like crystals with the increase of immersion time of magnesium alloy samples in the phosphating bath. The zinc phosphate coating formed in the bath with immersion time of 1 min is denser because metallic Zn and insoluble phosphate crystals co-deposit on the magnesium alloy surface and the growth of the crystals are restricted by each others. The zinc phosphate coating on the magnesium alloy is used as the base layer for further cataphoric and powder paintings. The cataphoric painting on AZ91D alloy based on phosphate coating has similar adhesion and corrosion-resistance to that based on the chromate conversion coating. But for powder painting, the former exhibits better adhesion property than the latter, due to the uneven microstructure and the enough thickness of the phosphate coating.

  17. Quantitative characterization of processing-microstructure-properties relationships in pressure die-cast magnesium alloys

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    Lee, Soon Gi

    The central goal of this research is to quantitatively characterize the relationships between processing, microstructure, and mechanical properties of important high-pressure die-cast (HPDC) Mg-alloys. For this purpose, a new digital image processing technique for automatic detection and segmentation of gas and shrinkage pores in the cast microstructure is developed and it is applied to quantitatively characterize the effects of HPDC process parameters on the size distribution and spatial arrangement of porosity. To get better insights into detailed geometry and distribution of porosity and other microstructural features, an efficient and unbiased montage based serial sectioning technique is applied for reconstruction of three-dimensional microstructures. The quantitative microstructural data have been correlated to the HPDC process parameters and the mechanical properties. The analysis has led to hypothesis of formation of new type of shrinkage porosity called, "gas induced shrinkage porosity" that has been substantiated via simple heat transfer simulations. The presence of inverse surface macrosegregation has been also shown for the first time in the HPDC Mg-alloys. An image analysis based technique has been proposed for simulations of realistic virtual microstructures that have realistic complex pore morphologies. These virtual microstructures can be implemented in the object oriented finite elements framework to model the variability in the fracture sensitive mechanical properties of the HPDC alloys.

  18. Machinability of hypereutectic cast Al–Si alloys processed by SSM processing technique

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    P K SOOD; RAKESH SEHGAL; D K DWIVEDI

    2017-03-01

    Experimental investigation carried out on the machinability studies to determine the influence of semi-solid metal processing and modification on hypereutectic Al–20Si–0.5Mg–1.2Fe-based alloy produced by conventional cast and semi-solid metal processing technique (mechanical stirring) and modified with iron correctors (Be and Cd) has been presented in this paper. The alloys under investigation were prepared bycontrolling melt using an induction melting furnace. Stirring of semi-solid metal takes place at constant cooling conditions from liquidus temperature at a constant stirring speed of 400 rpm. To determine the machining performance characteristics an orthogonal array, signal-to-noise ratio and statistical tool analysis of variance were jointly used during experimentation. A CNC lathe was used to conduct experiments in dry condition and coated carbide inserts were used as tool inserts. Machining variables like cutting velocity, approaching angle,feed rate and depth of cut, which can be considered as process parameters, are taken into account. The combined effect of modification and semi-solid metal processing has a significant effect on the machining characteristics,which was concluded from study. The modified alloy processed by semi-solid metal processing technique exhibits better machinability conditions when compared with the conventional cast. The feed rate has more effect on machining behaviour.

  19. Wear and Corrosion of Cast Al Alloy Piston with and without Brake Oil

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    Olawale Olarewaju Ajibola

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of wear and corrosion of cast AA6061 aluminium alloy were studied with and without brake fluid using a wear jig while the corrosion rate was determined in brake fluid for 70 days under two experimental set-ups. The tests, yielded 0.00000123 g/mm2/min highest wear rate at 147000 wear cycles and 0.0334 mg/mm2/yr as the highest corrosion rate within the early 39th day of immersion in oil, the values being considered comparatively lower than those obtained for Al alloy in most common wet abrasion test and corrosion in aqueous solutions as previously reported in literature. The material loss rates to wear and corrosion were determined from the equations relating to wear and corrosion based on the ASTM designations. The results show that the combined actions of wear and corrosion contribute to the total loss of piston material immersed in brake oil. This is greater than either of their effects individually on cast Al alloy in the brake oil.

  20. Microstructure evolution of casting Mg alloy AM60B subjected to compression deformation

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    2008-01-01

    In order to research the microstructure evolution of casting Mg alloy AM60B after compression, the isothermally compressive deformation of different compression ratios followed by metallographic observation was performed. The influence of grain boundaries and second phases on the deformation and recrystallization behavior of the alloy was investigated with optical microscopy, followed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to gain an insight into the interplay between the dislocations and microstructure features. The investigation results show that the deformation structure featured by refined grains forms first at as-castgrain boundary when the compression ratio is low, and then spreads throughout the whole cross-section of the casting when the deformation ratio approaches 70%. TEM observation indicates that, dislocations preferentially distribute in the region next to the grain boundaries and second phases, which leads first to the recrystallization occurring there and bounds the recrystallization process in later deformation. Therefore, the grain boundaries and second phases are beneficial to keeping the recrystallized microstructure with fine grains, and may contribute to the formation of an inhomogeneous grain size distribution on the cross-section of the alloy.

  1. Study of rare earth element effect on microstructures and mechanical properties of an Al-Cu-Mg-Si cast alloy

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    WAN Weiwei; HAN Jianmin; LI Weijing; WANG Jinhua

    2006-01-01

    The improvements of microstructures and properties of a high strength aluminum cast alloy were studied.The effects of rare earth elements on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the high strength cast alloy Al-Cu-Mg-Si were investigated.The result shows that the addition of rare earth elements can change the microstructures in refining the grain size of the alloy and making the needle-like and laminar eutectic Si to a granular Si.With the increase of the rare earth, the tensile strength and elongation of the alloy increase first and then fall down.The mechanical properties of the alloy will reach the highest value when the content of rare earth elements is about 0.7%.

  2. The effect of hot isostatic pressing on crack initiation, fatigue, and mechanical properties of two cast aluminum alloys

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    Rich, T. P.; Orbison, J. G.; Duncan, R. S.; Olivero, P. G.; Peterec, R. H.

    1999-06-01

    This article presents the results of an experimental materials testing program on the effect of hot isostatic pressing (HIP) on the crack initiation, fatigue, and mechanical properties of two cast aluminum alloys: AMS 4220 and 4225. These alloys are often used in castings for high temperature applications. Standard tensile and instrumented Charpy impact tests were performed at room and elevated temperatures. The resulting data quantify improvements in ultimate tensile strength, ductility, and Charpy impact toughness from the HIP process while indicating little change in yield strength for both alloys. In addition standard fracture mechanics fatigue tests along with a set of unique fatigue crack initiation tests were performed on the alloys. Hot isostatic pressing was shown to produce a significant increase in cycles to crack initiation for AMS 4225, while no change was evident in traditional da/dN fatigue crack growth. The data permits comparisons of the two alloys both with and without the HIP process.

  3. Influence of mechanical vibration on the solidification of a lost foam cast 356 alloy

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    Zhao Zhong

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical vibration was applied to the solidification of a lost foam cast (LFC 356 aluminum alloy. Effects of mechanical vibration, with different peak acceleration, on the size and morphology of α-Al phase, and also on the mechanical properties of the castings were studied. Results indicated that α-Al dendrites gradually grow into equiaxed grains as the peak acceleration of vibration is increased. When the peak acceleration is between about 1 to 4 g,α-Al phase distribution is uniform and is refined obviously. α-Al dendrites are reduced and the mechanical properties of the castings are improved significantly when compared to those of the castings that are produced without vibration. However, when the peak acceleration is higher than 4 g, strong vibration will lead to defects formation, such as sand adhesion, while the amount and size of pores will be increased. And due to theturbulent flow that caused by strong vibration, the chance of forming large pores in the matrix has been increased significantly. The increase in defects will result in the deterioration of mechanical properties.

  4. Coupled thermal-fluid-mechanics analysis of twin roll casting of A7075 aluminum alloy

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    Lee, Yun-Soo; Kim, Hyoung-Wook; Cho, Jae-Hyung; Chun, Se-Hwan

    2017-09-01

    Better understanding of temperature distribution and roll separation force during twin roll casting of aluminum alloys is critical to successfully fabricate good quality of aluminum strips. Therefore, the simulation techniques are widely applied to understand the twin roll casting process in a comprehensive way and to reduce the experimental time and cost of trial and error. However, most of the conventional approaches are considered thermally coupled flow, or thermally coupled mechanical behaviors. In this study, a fully coupled thermal-fluid-mechanical analysis of twin roll casting of A7075 aluminum strips was carried out using the finite element method. Temperature profile, liquid fraction and metal flow of aluminum strips with different thickness were predicted. Roll separation force and roll temperatures were experimentally obtained from a pilot-scale twin roll caster, and those results were compared with model predictions. Coupling the fluid of the liquid melt to the thermal and mechanical modeling reasonably predicted roll temperature distribution and roll separation force during twin roll casting.

  5. Elastic modulus of SiCw/6061Al alloy composites as-squeeze-cast

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    姜传海; 吴建生; 王德尊

    2001-01-01

    By using the system of image analyzer connected with scanning electron microscope, the whisker orientation in the SiCw/6061Al alloy composite as-squeeze-cast was measured. According to the shear lag model and the actual distribution function of whisker in composite, the inhomogeneity of elastic modulus in composite was analyzed. With the method of ultrasonic velocity, the elastic modulus of composite was measured. The results showed that, the whiskers of composite are preferred in an orientation normal to the direction of squeeze cast. The higher the volume fraction of whisker, the more extent of preferred orientation of it, and the inhomogeneity of elastic modulus is mainly due to the differences of whisker distribution in composite.

  6. Some consequences of repeated casting of Co-Cr dental alloy

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    Maksimović Vesna M.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of multiple recasting of commercial Co-Cr base dental alloy (Dentalit-C on its structural characteristics and ion release rates in artificial saliva has been investigated. The number of recasting was once, four and eight times. The as-cast microstructure became more uniform as the number of recasting was increased whereby macro and microhardness and electrical conductivity of the castings decreased. Metallic ion release in artificial saliva was monitored in vitro over the period of 22 weeks at the temperature of 37 0C and pH 2.3. Only Co and Fe were evidenced in artificial saliva and their release rates are measured. The ion release rates increases with time. The ion release rate of Fe was larger than Co. The ion release rates increases substantially by increasing the number of recasting. [Projekat Ministartsva nauke Republike Srbije, br 45012 i br. 172019

  7. MODELING AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH OF FOUR-STRAND LOW-FREQUENCY ELECTROMAGNETIC CASTING ALUMINUM ALLOY

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    J.C. Li; B.F. Wang; J.Z. Cui

    2007-01-01

    With the aid of ANSYS software, the effect of different mould external part materials on magnetic flux density in the aluminum melt and magnetic field interaction of four coils applied with same currents were investigated. Calculating results showed that magnetic flux density in the aluminum melt was greatly improved and the magnetic field interaction among different coils was decreased when external part of mould is made of soft magnetic material. Based on the finding, a four-strand low-frequency electromagnetic casting 6063 aluminum alloy experiment was carried out in the laboratory. The experiment showed that the surface of the billet was smooth and had no exudations and cold shuts, the as-cast microstructures were fine, uniform, equiaxed, net-globular or globular under low-frequency electromagnetic field. The microstructure becomes finer with increased current value.

  8. Rheologic behaviors of A356 aluminum alloy billet produced by semisolid continuous casting process

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    2004-01-01

    The experiments for rheologic behaviors of semisolid continuous casting billets of A356 alloy in semisolid state had been carried out with a rnultifunctional rheometer. The results show that the deformation rate increases with loading time, the maximum strain reaches to 120 % ( which is one time larger than that of traditional mold casting billet) and the strain can be rapidly elirninated to 10% after unloading. Moreover, there is a critic stress for billet deformation even in semisolid state, which is named as critic shear stress. This stress increases with the decreasing of heating time. The rheologic behaviors can be expressed by five elements mechanical model (H2 - [N1 | H2] - [N2|S] ) and can be modified with the increasing of heating time.

  9. A comparison of the traditional casting method and the galvanoforming technique in gold alloy prosthetic restorations

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    Sarna-Boś Katarzyna

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Gold is a dental material with very good mechanical properties. It is also aesthetic and biocompatible with the tissues of the oral cavity even at 100% purity. Prosthetic restorations made of pure gold or its alloys can be practiced either through a normal casting, as well as through using the galvanoforming technique. The electrolytic method was first introduced into dentistry about 20 years ago and it allows for producing “pure” gold (which means 99.99% Au. The lack of additions of other metals improves the properties of dental prostheses, such as marginal tightness, esthetics, biocompatibility, and it helps in eliminating any allergic reactions. The literature review presented in this paper is a comparison of the traditional casting method with the newer galvanoforming technique.

  10. A Novel Algorithm to Scheduling Optimization of Melting-Casting Process in Copper Alloy Strip Production

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    Xiaohui Yan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Melting-casting is the first process in copper alloy strip production. The schedule scheme on this process affects the subsequent processes greatly. In this paper, we build the multiobjective model of melting-casting scheduling problem, which considers minimizing the makespan and total weighted earliness and tardiness penalties comprehensively. A novel algorithm, which we called Multiobjective Artificial Bee Colony/Decomposition (MOABC/D algorithm, is proposed to solve this model. The algorithm combines the framework of Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm/Decomposition (MOEA/D and the neighborhood search strategy of Artificial Bee Colony algorithm. The results on instances show that the proposed MOABC/D algorithm outperforms the other two comparison algorithms both on the distributions of the Pareto front and the priority in the optimal selection results.

  11. Microstructures and hardness of Ti-6Al-4V alloy staging castings under centrifugal field

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    SUI Yan-wei; LI Bang-sheng; LIU Ai-hui; NAN Hai; GUO Jing-jie; FU Heng-zhi

    2008-01-01

    By means of induction melting technology, Ti-6Al-4V alloy staging casting was made with the same rotation velocity and centrifugal radius. The effects of casting modulus on the grain size, the thickness of lamellar α+β phase, and the Vickers hardness, as well as the relationships between Vickers hardness, grain size and thickness of lamellar α+β phase were investigated. The results show that the greater the modulus, the larger the grain size and the thickness of lamellar α+β phase, and the less the Vickers hardness. The relationship between Vickers hardness and grain size meets the Hall-Petch equation: Hv=353.45+74.17. The relationship between the Vickers hardness and the thickness of lamellar α+β phase is expressed as Hv=2.45d2α+β-35.96dα+β+476.84.

  12. Increasing the life of molds for casting copper and its alloys

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    Smirnov, A. N.; Spiridonov, D. V.

    2010-12-01

    The work of the molds intended for casting copper and copper alloys in semicontinuous casters for producing flat billets is considered. It is shown that, to increase the resistance of mold plates, the inner space of the mold should have a taper shape toward the casting direction and take into account the shrinkage of the linear dimensions of the ingot during its motion in the mold. The taper shape increases the intensity and uniformity of heat removal due to close contact between the ingot and the mold inner surface. Testing of new design molds under industrial conditions demonstrates that their resistance increases by a factor of 4.0-4.5. The taper effect of the mold plates is much more pronounced in their narrow faces.

  13. Rheologic behaviors of A356 aluminum alloy billet produced by semisolid continuous casting process

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    Shuming XING

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available The experiments for rheologic behaviors of semisolid continous casting billets of A356 alloy in semisolid state has been carried out with a multifunctional rheometer. The results show that the deformation rate increases with loading time, the maximum strain reaches 120% (which is one time larger than that of traditional casting billet and the strain can be rapidly eliminated to 10% after unloading. Moreover, there is a critic stress for billet deformation even in semisolid state, which is named as critic shear stress. This stress increases with the decreasing of heating time. The rheologic behaviors can be expressed by five elements mechanical model and can be modified with the increasing of heating time.

  14. New creep resistant cast alloys with improved oxidation resistance in water vapor at 650-800ºC

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    Sebastien eDryepondt

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Cast stainless steel CF8C-Plus (19wt.%Cr/12%Ni has excellent creep properties, but limited oxidation resistance above 700ºC in environments containing H2O. One strategy to improve the alloy oxidation performance is to increase the Cr and Ni concentration. Two new alloys, with respectively 21wt%Cr-15wt%Ni and 22wt%Cr-17.5wt%Ni were therefore developed and their long-term oxidation behavior in humid air were compared with the oxidation behavior of five other cast alloys. At 650 and 700ºC, all the alloys formed internal Cr-rich nodules, and outer nodules or layers rich in Fe and Ni, but they grew a protective Cr-rich inner layer over time. At 750ºC, the lower alloyed steels such as CF8C-Plus showed large metal losses, but the two new alloys still exhibited a protective oxidation behavior. The 21Cr-15Ni alloy was severely oxidized in locations at 800ºC, but that was not the case for the 22Cr-17.5Ni alloy. Therefore, the two new modified alloys represent a potential operating temperature gain of respectively 50 and 100ºC in aggressive environments compared with the CF8C-Plus alloy.

  15. New creep resistant cast alloys with improved oxidation resistance in water vapor at 650-800°C

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    Dryepondt, Sebastien; Pint, Bruce; Maziasz, Philip

    2015-08-01

    Cast stainless steel CF8C-Plus (19wt.%Cr/12%Ni) has excellent creep properties, but limited oxidation resistance above 700ºC in environments containing H2O. One strategy to improve the alloy oxidation performance is to increase the Cr and Ni concentration. Two new alloys, with respectively 21wt%Cr-15wt%Ni and 22wt%Cr-17.5wt%Ni were therefore developed and their long-term oxidation behavior in humid air were compared with the oxidation behavior of five other cast alloys. At 650 and 700ºC, all the alloys formed internal Cr-rich nodules, and outer nodules or layers rich in Fe and Ni, but they grew a protective Cr-rich inner layer over time. At 750ºC, the lower alloyed steels such as CF8C-Plus showed large metal losses, but the two new alloys still exhibited a protective oxidation behavior. The 21Cr-15Ni alloy was severely oxidized in locations at 800ºC, but that was not the case for the 22Cr-17.5Ni alloy. Therefore, the two new modified alloys represent a potential operating temperature gain of respectively 50 and 100ºC in aggressive environments compared with the CF8C-Plus alloy.

  16. Microstructure And Mechanical Properties Of An Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloy Produced By Gravity Casting Process

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    Saikawa S.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available High-strength aluminum alloy are widely used for structural components in aerospace, transportation and racing car applications. The objective of this study is to enhance the strength of the Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy used for gravity casting process. All alloys cast into stepped-form sand mold (Sand-mold Casting; SC and Y-block shaped metal mold(Permanent mold Casting; PC C and then two –step aged at 398-423 K after solution treated at 743 K for 36 ks. The tensile strength and total elongation of the two-step aged SC alloys were 353-387 MPa and about 0.4% respectively. This low tensile properties of the SC alloys might be caused by remaining of undissolved crystallized phase such as Al2CuM, MgZn2 and Al-Fe-Cu system compounds. However, good tensile properties were obtained from PC alloys, tensile strength and 0.2% proof stress and elongation were 503-537 MPa, 474-519 MPa and 1.3-3.3%.

  17. Effect of pressure on microstructures and mechanical properties of Al-Cu-based alloy prepared by squeeze casting

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    ZHANG Ming; ZHANG Wei-wen; ZHAO Hai-dong; ZHANG Da-tong; LI Yuan-yuan

    2007-01-01

    A new high-strength aluminum alloy with better fluidity than that of ZL205A was developed. The effect of applied pressure during squeeze casting on microstructures and properties of the alloy was studied. The results show that the fluidity of the alloy is 16% and 21% higher than that of ZL205A at the pouring temperature of 993 K and 1 013 K, respectively. Compared with permanent-mold casting, mechanical properties of the alloy prepared by squeeze casting are much higher. The tensile strength and elongation of the alloy are 520 MPa and 7.9% in squeeze casting under an applied pressure of 75 MPa, followed by solution treatment at 763 K for 1 h and at 773 K for 8 h, quenching in water at normal temperature and aging at 463 K for 5 h. The improvement of mechanical properties is attributed to the remarkable decreasing of the secondary dendrite arm spacing(SDAS) and eliminating of micro-porosity in the alloy caused by applied pressure.

  18. Interfacial heat transfer in squeeze casting of magnesium alloy AM60 with variation of applied pressures and casting wall-thicknesses

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    Zhang, Xuezhi; Fang, Li; Sun, Zhizhong; Hu, Henry; Nie, Xueyuan; Tjong, Jimi

    2016-10-01

    The heat transfer coefficient at the casting-die interface is the most important factor on the solidification process. With the 75-ton hydraulic press machine and P20 steel die mold, 5-step castings of magnesium alloy AM60 with different wall-thicknesses (3, 5, 8, 12, 20 mm) were poured under various hydraulic pressures (30, 60, and 90 MPa) using an indirect squeeze casting process. Thermal histories throughout the die wall and the casting surface have been recorded by fine type-K thermocouples. The in-cavity local pressures measured by pressure transducers were explored at the casting-die interfaces of 5 steps. The casting-die interfacial heat transfer coefficients (IHTC) initially reached a maximum peak value followed by a gradually decline to the lower level. Similar characteristics of IHTC peak values can be observed at the applied pressures of 30, 60 and 90 MPa. With the applied pressure of 90 MPa, the peak IHTC values from steps 1 to 5 varied from 5623 to 10,649 W/m2 K. As the applied hydraulic pressure increased, the IHTC peak value of each step was increased accordingly. The wall thickness also affected IHTC peak values significantly. The peak IHTC value and heat flux increased as the step became thicker. The empirical equations relating the IHTCs to the local pressures and the solidification temperature at the casting surface were developed based on the multivariate linear and polynomial regression.

  19. Solidification, growth mechanisms, and associated properties of Al-Si and magnesium lightweight casting alloys

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    Hosch, Timothy [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2010-01-01

    Continually rising energy prices have inspired increased interest in weight reduction in the automotive and aerospace industries, opening the door for the widespread use and development of lightweight structural materials. Chief among these materials are cast Al-Si and magnesium-based alloys. Utilization of Al-Si alloys depends on obtaining a modified fibrous microstructure in lieu of the intrinsic flake structure, a process which is incompletely understood. The local solidification conditions, mechanisms, and tensile properties associated with the flake to fiber growth mode transition in Al-Si eutectic alloys are investigated here using bridgman type gradient-zone directional solidification. Resulting microstructures are examined through quantitative image analysis of two-dimensional sections and observation of deep-etched sections showing three-dimensional microstructural features. The transition was found to occur in two stages: an initial stage dominated by in-plane plate breakup and rod formation within the plane of the plate, and a second stage where the onset of out-of-plane silicon rod growth leads to the formation of an irregular fibrous structure. Several microstructural parameters were investigated in an attempt to quantify this transition, and it was found that the particle aspect ratio is effective in objectively identifying the onset and completion velocity of the flake to fiber transition. The appearance of intricate out-of-plane silicon instability formations was investigated by adapting a perturbed-interface stability analysis to the Al-Si system. Measurements of silicon equilibrium shape particles provided an estimate of the anisotropy of the solid Si/liquid Al-Si system and incorporation of this silicon anisotropy into the model was found to improve prediction of the instability length scale. Magnesium alloys share many of the benefits of Al-Si alloys, with the added benefit of a 1/3 lower density and increased machinability. Magnesium castings

  20. Solidification, growth mechanisms, and associated properties of aluminum-silicon and magnesium lightweight casting alloys

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    Hosch, Timothy Al

    Continually rising energy prices have inspired increased interest in weight reduction in the automotive and aerospace industries, opening the door for the widespread use and development of lightweight structural materials. Chief among these materials are cast Al-Si and magnesium-based alloys. Utilization of Al-Si alloys depends on obtaining a modified fibrous microstructure in lieu of the intrinsic flake structure, a process which is incompletely understood. The local solidification conditions, mechanisms, and tensile properties associated with the flake to fiber growth mode transition in Al-Si eutectic alloys are investigated here using bridgman type gradient-zone directional solidification. Resulting microstructures are examined through quantitative image analysis of two-dimensional sections and observation of deep-etched sections showing three-dimensional microstructural features. The transition was found to occur in two stages: an initial stage dominated by in-plane plate breakup and rod formation within the plane of the plate, and a second stage where the onset of out-of-plane silicon rod growth leads to the formation of an irregular fibrous structure. Several microstructural parameters were investigated in an attempt to quantify this transition, and it was found that the particle aspect ratio is effective in objectively identifying the onset and completion velocity of the flake to fiber transition. The appearance of intricate out-of-plane silicon instability formations was investigated by adapting a perturbed-interface stability analysis to the Al-Si system. Measurements of silicon equilibrium shape particles provided an estimate of the anisotropy of the solid Si/liquid Al-Si system and incorporation of this silicon anisotropy into the model was found to improve prediction of the instability length scale. Magnesium alloys share many of the benefits of Al-Si alloys, with the added benefit of a 1/3 lower density and increased machinability. Magnesium castings

  1. Creep-rupture behavior of a developmental cast-iron-base alloy for use up to 800 deg C

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    Titran, Robert H.; Scheuermann, Coulson M.

    1987-01-01

    A promising iron-base cast alloy is being developed as part of the DOE/NASA Stirling Engine Systems Project under contract DEN 3-282 with the United Technologies Research Center. This report presents the results of a study at the Lewis Research Center of the alloy's creep-rupture properties. The alloy was tested under a variety of conditions and was found to exhibit the normal 3-stage creep response. The alloy compared favorably with others being used or under consideration for the automotive Stirling engine cylinder/regenerator housing.

  2. Review of cast-on-strap joints and strap alloys for lead-acid batteries

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    Lakshmi, C.S. [Pasminco, Boolaroo, NSW (Australia)

    2000-05-01

    This review examines the influence of the various parameters involved in the cast-on-strap (COS) process on the quality of the resulting lug-strap joints. In addition, it provides the findings of an investigation on the macroscopic and microscopic features of COS joints in commercial lead-acid batteries. Some examples of the most common defects that can affect the performance and life of batteries are presented. The nature of the fusion at the lug-strap interface for the various lugs and strap alloy compositions used in conventional, hybrid and valve-regulated lead-acid batteries are also discussed. (orig.)

  3. Properties of Cross-Rolled Low Alloy White Cast Iron Grinding Ball

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    CHANG Li-min; LIU Lin; LIU Jian-hua

    2007-01-01

    The low-energy, multi-impact fracture resistance and the abrasiveness of the cross-rolled low alloy white cast iron grinding balls were studied after heat treatments at residual rolling temperature. Moreover, the means by which they are damaged and characters of the wear surface were analyzed. The results show that high resistance to impact fracture and high abrasiveness can be achieved after appropriate heat treatment at residual rolling temperature. This kind of heat treatment technology has several advantages under low impact and hard abrasive. These results are very useful for determining the optimized heat treatment technology at residual rolling temperatures.

  4. Characteristics of Anodized Layer in Investment Cast Ni50Ti50 Shape Memory Alloy

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    Shimaa H. El-Hadad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available NiTi shape memory alloys are promising implant materials due to their shape memory effect and super elasticity. In the current study, some Ni50Ti50 (mass % SMAs samples were prepared by investment casting. These samples were then anodized and thermally treated to improve the surface properties. A fully saturated oxide layer was obtained. The structure and hardness properties of the anodized surfaces were then investigated. A hard porous layer with no free Ni atoms could be obtained which can be used as prebiomimetic surface for biological application.

  5. Boron-based refiners: Advantages in semi-solid-metal casting of Al-Si alloys

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    Nafisi, Shahrooz [Advanced Materials and Processing Research Group, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Quebec G7H 2B1 (Canada)], E-Mail: snafisi@ampr-institute.com; Ghomashchi, Reza [Advanced Materials and Processing Research Group, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Quebec G7H 2B1 (Canada)

    2007-04-15

    Inoculation has been studied in the semi-solid-metal (SSM) casting by sole boron addition. By boron addition, the structure is not only refined but also the sphericity of the primary {alpha}-Al particles increased. Higher globularity coupled with smaller primary particles leads to superior flow of the billet in the compression test. It is also shown that the dissolved boron in the matrix of the master alloy and AlB{sub 2} particles are the key parameters in this evolution.0.

  6. Phase decomposition of cast alloy ZnAl11Cu3

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    Zhu, Y.H. [Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (China). Dept. of Mfg. Engineering; Inst. de Investigaciones en Materiales-UNAM, Mexico (Mexico); Yeung, C.F.; Lee, W.B. [Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ. (China). Dept. of Mfg. Engineering

    2001-12-01

    Microstructure and phase transformation of a cast Zn-Al-based alloy (ZnAl11Cu3) are studied during ageing using X-ray diffraction and back-scattered scanning electron microscopy techniques. Decomposition of a zinc-rich {eta}'{sub s} phase is observed to take place in the way of continuous precipitation. A four-phase transformation, {alpha} + {epsilon} {yields} T'+ {eta}, occurs during prolonged ageing. It is found that the phases involved in the phase transformation can be distinctly identified by using different atomic contrasts in the back-scattered scanning electron image of precipitates. (orig.)

  7. Development of Forsterite Based Insulating Board for Alloy Steel Con—casting Tundish

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    ZHAOJi-zeng; ZHOULei; 等

    1994-01-01

    To meet the operation requirement of com-casting tundish for alloy steel.a forsterite based insulating board has been developed.The effects of binder ,fiber and other additives on the properties of the properties of the products have been described;the theoretial reason of assuring containing clear steel by using inorganic binder bonded forsterite based insulating board were also discussed;the mineral composition and microstructure of the products have been analyzed by means of XRD.SEM and microscope ,The results indicate that the forsteite based insulating board with excel-lent performance and dood application results has been obtained.

  8. Effect of centrifugal counter-gravity casting on solidification microstructure and mechanical properties of A357 aluminum alloy

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    Li Xinlei

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the influence of Centrifugal Counter-gravity Casting (C3 process on the solidification microstructure and mechanical properties of the casting, A357 aluminum alloy samples were produced by different process conditions under C3. The results show that C3 has better feeding capacity compared with the vacuum suction casting; and that the mechanical vibration and the convection of melts formed at the centrifugal rotation stage suppress the growth of dendrites, subsequently resulting in the refinement of grains and the improvement of mechanical properties, density and hardness. A finer grain and higher strength can be obtained in the A357 alloy by increasing centrifugal radius and rotational speed. However, casting defects will appear near the rotational axis and the mechanical properties will decrease once the rotational speed exceeds 150 r·min-1.

  9. Electrochemical and wetting behavior of as-cast Sn-Zn-Sb lead free solders alloys

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    Mladenović Srba A.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ternary alloys SnZn12Sb8, SnZn10Sb10, SnZn8Sb12, SnZn6Sb14, and SnZn2Sb18 were prepared by induction melting. Electrochemical behavior and wetting (contact angle of prepared as-cast samples were investigated using open circuit potential measurement and sessile drop technique. The results of electrochemical investigation show that open-circuit potential, few seconds after immersing of electrodes, shifts toward more negative values, indicating a relatively smaller rate of dissolution during the spontaneous dissolution process under the curentless conditions. After that period, the values of potential tend to be constant with time. It was found that all investigated alloys have poor wettability on copper substrate and the contact angle values decrease with increasing superheat temperature.

  10. Evaluation of the mold-filling ability of alloy melt in squeeze casting

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    2006-01-01

    The mold-filling ability of alloy melt in squeeze casting process was evaluated by means of the maximum length of Archimedes spiral line. A theoretical evaluating model to predict the maximum filling length was built based on the flowing theory of the incompressible viscous fluid. It was proved by experiments and calculations that the mold-filling pressure and velocity are prominent influencing factors on the mold-filling ability of alloy melt. The mold-filling ability increases with the increase of the mold-filling pressure and the decrease of the proper mold-filling velocity. Moreover, the pouring temperature relatively has less effect on the mold-filling ability under the experimental conditions. The maximum deviation of theoretical calculating values with experimental results is less than 15%. The model can quantitatively estimate the effect of every factor on the mold-filling ability.

  11. MICROSTRUCTURE OF BINARY Mg-Al EUTECTIC ALLOY WIRES PRODUCED BY THE OHNO CONTINUOUS CASTING PROCESS

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    Z.M.Zhang; T.Lū; C.J.Xu; X.F.Guo

    2008-01-01

    Directionally solidified binary Mg-Al eutectic alloy wires of approximately 5 mm in diameter were produced by the Ohno continuous casting (OCC) process and the mi-crostructure was examined.It was found that the wires possess obvious unidirectional growth characteristic along its axial direction.The microstructure consists of parallel columnar grains that resulted from the competitive growth of equiaxed grains solidified on the head of dummy bar.Each columnar grain comprises regular eutectic α-Mg and β-Mg17 Al12 phases,which grew along the axial direction of the wires.The morphology of the eutectic is mainly lameUar,meanwhile rod eutectic exists.The formation of rod eutectic was attributed to the "bridging effect" caused by incidental elements in the alloy.

  12. Development of casting investment preventing blackening of noble metal alloys part 1. Application of developed investment for Ag-Pd-Cu-Au alloy.

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    Kakuta, Kiyoshi; Nakai, Akira; Goto, Shin-ichi; Wakamatsu, Yasushi; Yara, Atushi; Miyagawa, Yukio; Ogura, Hideo

    2003-03-01

    The objective of this study is to develop a casting investment that prevents the blackening of the cast surface of noble metal alloys. The experimental investments were prepared using a gypsum-bonded investment in which the metallic powders such as boron (B), silicon (Si), aluminum (Al) and titanium (Ti) were added as oxidizing agents. An Ag-Pd-Cu-Au alloy was cast into the mold made of the prepared investment. The effect of the addition of each metal powder was evaluated from the color difference between the as-cast surface and the polished surface of the cast specimen. The color of the as-cast surface approached that of the polished surface with increasing B and Al content. A lower mean value in the color difference was obtained at 0.25-1.00 mass% B content. B and Al are useful as an additive in a gypsum-bonded investment to prevent the blackening of an Ag-Pd-Cu-Au alloy. The effects of Si and Ti powder addition could not be found.

  13. Structure and properties of cast and splat-quenched high-entropy Al-Cu-Fe-Ni-Si alloys

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    Bashev, V. F.; Kushnerov, O. I.

    2017-01-01

    The effect of the composition and cooling rate of the melt on the microhardness, phase composition, and fine-structure parameters of as-cast and splat-quenched (SQ) high-entropy (HE) Al-Cu-Fe-Ni-Si alloys was studied. The quenching was performed by conventional splat-cooling technique. The cooling rate was estimated to be 106 K/s. Components of the studied HE alloys were selected taking into account both criteria for designing and estimating their phase composition, which are available in the literature and based on the calculations of the entropy and enthalpy of mixing, and the difference between atomic radii of components as well. According to X-ray diffraction data, the majority of studied Al-Cu-Fe-Ni-Si compositions are two-phase HE alloys, the structure of which consists of disordered solid solutions with bcc and fcc structures. At the same time, the Al0.5CuFeNi alloy is single-phase in terms of X-ray diffraction and has an fcc structure. The studied alloys in the as-cast state have a dendritic structure, whereas, after splat quenching, the uniform small-grained structure is formed. It was found that, as the volume fraction of bcc solid solution in the studied HE alloys increases, the microhardness increases; the as-cast HE Al-Cu-Fe-Ni-Si alloys are characterized by higher microhardness compared to that of splat-quenched alloys. This is likely due to the more equilibrium multiphase state of as-cast alloys.

  14. Effects of Solution and Aging Treatments on Corrosion Resistance of As-cast 60NiTi Alloy

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    Qin, Qiuhui; Wen, Yuhua; Wang, Gaixia; Zhang, Lanhui

    2016-12-01

    60NiTi alloy has become a competitive candidate for bearing applications due to its shape memory effect, superelasticity, high strength, hardness, excellent abrasion resistance and corrosion resistance, etc. However, the relationship between its corrosion resistance and heat treatment is not clearly understood. Therefore, we used OM, XRD, SEM and EDS to study the evolution of microstructure in as-cast, solution-treated and aged 60NiTi alloy. Besides, the potentiodynamic polarization and salt spray test were used to compare corrosion resistance of 60NiTi alloy and 316 stainless steel and to study the effect of microstructures on corrosion resistance of 60NiTi alloy. The results show that the corrosion resistance of as-cast 60NiTi alloy is comparable to that of 316 stainless steel, but the corrosion resistance of solution-treated and aged 60NiTi alloys is much superior. The significantly reduced Ni3Ti phase after the solution and aging treatments is responsible for the remarkable improvement in the corrosion resistance of as-cast 60NiTi alloy.

  15. Aluminum-Silicon Alloy Having Improved Properties At Elevated Temperatures and Process for Producing Cast Articles Therefrom

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    Lee, Jonathan A. (Inventor); Chen, Po-Shou (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    A process for making a cast article from an aluminum alloy includes first casting an article from an alloy having the following composition, in weight percent: Silicon 11.0-14.0, Copper 5.6-8.0, Iron 0-0.8, Magnesium 0.5-1.5, Nickel 0.05-0.9, Manganese 0-1.0, Titanium 0.05-1.2, Zirconium 0.12-1.2, Vanadium 0.05-1.2, Zinc 0.05-0.9, Strontium 0.001-0.1, Aluminum balance . In this alloy the ratio of silicon to magnesium is 10 to 25, and the ratio of copper to magnesium is 4 to 15. After an article is cast from the alloy, the cast article is aged at a temperature within the range of 400F to 500F for a time period within the range of four to 16 hours. It has been found especially advantageous if the cast article is first exposed to a solutionizing step prior to the aging step. This solutionizing step is carried out by exposing the cast article to a temperature within the range of 900F to 1000F for a time period of fifteen minutes to four hours. It has also been found to be especially advantageous if the solutionizing step is followed directly with a quenching step, wherein the cast article is quenched in a quenching medium such as water at a temperature within the range of 120F to 300F. The resulting cast article is suitable in a number of high temperature applications, such as heavy-duty pistons for internal combustion engines.

  16. 用稀土合金对铸造铝合金精炼和变质处理的研究%A New Approach to Refining and Modifying Cast Aluminum Alloys with Rare Earth Alloys

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    唐多光; 毛协民

    2000-01-01

    The effects of rare earth (RE) alloys on the refining and modifying of cast aluminum alloys were investigated. Compared to other substances in common use, rare earth alloys maintain the refining and modifying effects of the aluminum alloys for a longer time. RE alloys can also reduce environmental pollution in the melting process. These effects of RE alloys make them become a superior choice for the applications in aluminum foundry.

  17. Effect of C content on the mechanical properties of solution treated as-cast ASTM F-75 alloys.

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    Herrera, M; Espinoza, A; Méndez, J; Castro, M; López, J; Rendón, J

    2005-07-01

    The mechanical properties of solution treated ASTM F-75 alloys with various carbon contents have been studied. Alloys cast under the same conditions were subjected to solution treatment for several periods and then their tensile properties were evaluated. In the as-cast conditions, the alloys exhibited higher strength values with increasing carbon content whereas their ductility was not significantly affected. For the solution treated alloys, the variation of the strength was characterized by a progressive increase for short treatment times until a maximum value was achieved, which was followed by a diminution in this property for longer treatment times. This behavior was more accentuated for the case of the alloys with medium carbon contents, which also exhibited the highest values of strength. Furthermore, the alloy's ductility was enhanced progressively with increasing solution treatment time. This improvement in ductility was significantly higher for the medium carbon alloys compared with the rest of the studied alloys. Thus, high and low carbon contents in solution treated ASTM F-75 alloys did not produced sufficiently high tensile properties.

  18. Aluminum-Silicon Alloy Having Improved Properties at Elevated Temperatures and Articles Cast Therefrom

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    Lee, Jonathan A. (Inventor); Chen, Po-Shou (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    An aluminum alloy suitable for high temperature applications, such as heavy duty pistons and other internal combustion applications. having the following composition, by weight percent (wt %): Silicon: 11.0-14.0; Copper: 5.6-8.0; Iron: 0-0.8; Magnesium: 0.5-1.5; Nickel: 0.05-0.9; Manganese: 0.5-1.5; Titanium: 0.05-1.2; Zirconium: 0.12-1.2; Vanadium: 0.05-1.2; Zinc: 0.005-0.9; Strontium: 0.001-0.1; Aluminum: balance. In this alloy the ratio of silicon:magnesium is 10-25, and the ratio of copper:magnesium is 4-15. After an article is cast from this alloy, the article is treated in a solutionizing step which dissolves unwanted precipitates and reduces any segregation present in the original alloy. After this solutionizing step, the article is quenched, and is then aged at an elevated temperature for maximum strength.

  19. SOLUTION TREATMENT EFFECT ON MICROSTRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF AUTOMOTIVE CAST ALLOY

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    Eva Tillová

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The contribution describes influence of the heat treatment (solution treatment at temperature 545°C and 565°C with different holding time 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 hours; than water quenching at 40°C and natural aging at room temperature during 24 hours on mechanical properties (tensile strength and Brinell hardness and microstructure of the secondary AlSi12Cu1Fe automotive cast alloy. Mechanical properties were measured in line with EN ISO. A combination of different analytical techniques (light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM were therefore been used for study of microstructure. Solution treatment led to changes in microstructure includes the spheroidization and coarsening of eutectic silicon. The dissolution of precipitates and the precipitation of finer hardening phase further increase the hardness and tensile strength of the alloy. Optimal solution treatment (545°C/4 hours most improves mechanical properties and there mechanical properties are comparable with mechanical properties of primary AlSi12Cu1Fe alloy. Solution treatment at 565 °C caused testing samples distortion, local melting process and is not applicable for this secondary alloy with 12.5 % Si.

  20. Characteristics Of Sn-Zn Cast Alloys With The Addition Of Ag And Cu

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    Gancarz T.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to study the effects of Ag and Cu on the thermal properties and microstructure of Sn-Zn-Ag-Cu cast alloys. Solders based on eutectic Sn-Zn containing 0.5 to 1.0 at.% of Ag and Cu were developed for wave soldering. DSC measurements were performed to determine the melting temperatures of the alloys. TMA and electrical resistivity measurements were performed between −50 and 150°C and between 30 and 150°C, respectively. Small precipitates of Cu5Zn8, CuZn4, and AgZn3 were observed in the microstructures, and their presence was confirmed by XRD measurements. The inclusion of Ag and Cu improved the electrical resistivity and increased the melting temperature, as well as the CTE, of the alloys. However, tests performed to measure the mechanical properties of the alloys demonstratedthat the addition of Ag and Cu caused the mechanical properties to decrease.

  1. Microstructure Formation in Strip-Cast RE-Fe-B Alloys for Magnets

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    Yamamoto, Kazuhiko; Matsuura, Masashi; Sugimoto, Satoshi

    2017-07-01

    During the manufacturing of sintered NdFeB magnets, it is well known that the microstructure of the starting alloy has a strong influence on the processing and the magnetic properties of the product. In this study, we clarify the microstructure formation in strip-cast rare earth (R)-Fe-B alloys used to produce magnets. The microstructure of the alloy surface in contact with the cooling roll and its cross-section were observed using laser microscopy, field emission electron microprobe analysis, and transmission electron microscopy. The orientations of crystal grains were determined by X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction analyses. Petal-shaped structures were found to cover the alloy surface in contact with the cooling roll, each consisting of a central nucleation region and radially grown Nd2Fe14B dendritic structures. The nucleation region, consisting of a "disc" and "predendrites", occurs in the super-cooled region of the contact area between the cooling roll and melt. In the disc region, spherical Nd2Fe14B particles in the thickness direction increase in volume. These discs and predendrites observed in the super-cooled area negatively influence the magnetic orientation and sinterability in the produced magnets. Therefore, it is important to avoid excessive super-cooling to obtain optimum magnetic properties.

  2. Rheo-Cast Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AM60 Alloy Produced by Self-Inoculation Rheo-Diecasting Process

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    Bo Xing

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Rheo-forming is becoming the choice for production of high quality parts with diminished defects and fine integrity. In this paper, the novel self-inoculation rheo-diecasting (SIRD process, in which semisolid slurry is produced by mixing two precursory solid and liquid alloys and subsequently pouring them through a multi-stream fluid director, has been proposed. Microstructural characteristics of AM60 alloy slurry and the microstructure and mechanical properties of rheo-diecasting AM60 samples were investigated. Quenching experiments reveal that the slurry microstructure of AM60 was well refined to irregular α-Mg particles with the average size of approximately 20–40 μm after pouring with the self-inoculation process, and these particles were evolved to globular and coarse morphology while continuously keeping in semisolid state. After rheo-diecasting, the microstructure of the sample was dominated by fine primary α-Mg globules accompanied with tiny secondary α-Mg particles while the sample from conventional liquid die casting was characterized by developed dendrite and porosity. Microscopic analysis indicates that there are three stages of remaining liquid solidification in die cavity in SIRD: α-Mg nucleation and growth on primary α-Mg surface, α-Mg nucleated independently in liquid, and, finally, formation of skeleton devoiced eutectic. Due to diminished porosity and hot tearing, tensile strength and elongation of SIRD samples were increased by 12.9% and 35.3%, respectively, compared to a conventional liquid die casting sample.

  3. Production of A356 aluminum alloy wheels by thixo-forging combined with a low superheat casting process

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    Wang Shuncheng

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The A356 aluminum alloy wheels were produced by thixo-forging combined with a low superheat casting process. The as-cast microstructure, microstructure evolution during reheating and the mechanical properties of thixo-forged wheels made from the A356 aluminum alloy were studied. The results show that the A356 aluminum alloy round billet with fine, uniform and non-dendritic grains can be obtained when the melt is cast at 635 篊. When the round billet is reheated at 600 篊 for 60 min, the non-dendritic grains are changed into spherical ones and the round billet can be easily thixo-forged into wheels. The tensile strength, yield strength and elongation of the thixo-forged wheels with T6 heat treatment are 327.6 MPa, 228.3 MPa and 7.8%, respectively, which are higher than those of a cast wheel. It is suggested that the thixo-forging combined with the low superheat casting process is an effective technique to produce aluminum alloy wheels with high mechanical properties.

  4. Microstructural Feature of As-cast A-356 Alloy Modifiers with the Addition of SrO

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    MUIZ Rodrigo; FLORES Alfredo; ORTIZ Juan; RODRGUEZ Nelly; MARTNEZ Fernando; OROZCO Pilar; LUNA Jess; Equihua Fabin; Garca Adrin

    2014-01-01

    To explore the effect of strontium on the structure of as-cast A356 alloy, the strontium was incorporated to the alloy by metallothermic reduction of SrO where the mineral was added to the melt through the submerged powders injection technique. The evaluation of the modification of the eutectic silicon and the chemical analysis of samples were done using optical microscopy (OP) and inductively coupled plasma (ICP), respectively, while microstructural analyses by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the injection time was variable. Magnesium was added to the melt to increase the reactivity and reduce the surface tension of the molten aluminum. It was possible to increase the strontium content from 0 to 0.027%after 20 minutes treatment. This concentration was sufficient to bring about full modification structure of eutectic silicon of as cast alloy A 356 and the acceptable quality metallurgical of alloy.

  5. Effect of combined electromagnetic fields on surface quality and structure of a HDC casting 5182 Al alloy ingot

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    Qingfeng ZHU; Zhihao ZHAO; Yubo ZUO; Xiangjie WANG; Jianzhong CUI

    2012-01-01

    5182 Al alloy ingots with the diameters of 100 mm are produced by conventional and combined electromagnetic fields (CEMF) horizontal direction chill (HDC) casting process.The effect of CEMF on the ingot surface quality and floating grains is investigated.The results show that the CEMF is effective in reducing the segregation layer in both top and bottom sub-surfaces.Big floating grains with coarse dendrite arms mainly distribute in the crescent-shaped area near the bottom in the conventional HDC casting ingot.With the application of the CEMF,they disappear in the whole cross section of the HDC casting ingot and the equiaxed grains are significantly refined.

  6. Micromechanical Characterization and Texture Analysis of Direct Cast Titanium Alloys Strips

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    2000-01-01

    This research was conducted to determine a post-processing technique to optimize mechanical and material properties of a number of Titanium based alloys and aluminides processed via Melt Overflow Solidification Technique (MORST). This technique was developed by NASA for the development of thin sheet titanium and titanium aluminides used in high temperature applications. The materials investigated in this study included conventional titanium alloy strips and foils, Ti-1100, Ti-24Al-11Nb (Alpha-2), and Ti-48Al-2Ta (Gamma). The methodology used included micro-characterization, heat-treatment, mechanical processing and mechanical testing. Characterization techniques included optical, electron microscopy, and x-ray texture analysis. The processing included heat-treatment and mechanical deformation through cold rolling. The initial as-cast materials were evaluated for their microstructure and mechanical properties. Different heat-treatment and rolling steps were chosen to process these materials. The properties were evaluated further and a processing relationship was established in order to obtain an optimum processing condition. The results showed that the as-cast material exhibited a Widmanstatten (fine grain) microstructure that developed into a microstructure with larger grains through processing steps. The texture intensity showed little change for all processing performed in this investigation.

  7. Original position statistic distribution analysis study of low alloy steel continuous casting billet

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    WANG; Haizhou; ZHAO; Pei; CHEN; Jiwen; LI; Meiling; YANG; Z

    2005-01-01

    The homogeneity of low alloy steels continuous casting billet obtained under different technological conditions has been investigated by original position statistic distribution analysis technique. On the basis of systematic analysis of ten thousands primary optical signals at the corresponding original positions, the quantitative statistic distribution information of each element was obtained. The biggest degrees of segregation of low alloy steel continuous casting billet were calculated accurately according to the quantitative distribution maps of the contents. It was suggested that the weight ratio in a certain content range was used to judge the homogeneity of the materials, and the two models -- the total weight ratio of contents (the degree of statistic homogeneity, H) within the permissive content range (C0±R) and the median value confidence extension ratio (the degree of statistic segregation, S) at 95% of confidence limit of weight ratio -- were put forward. The two models reflect the composition and state distribution regularity of the metal materials in a large region. The difference between the sample with high columnar crystal and the sample with high equiaxed crystal has been studied by using the two models.

  8. POROSITY AND STRENGTH PROPERTIES OF GYPSUM BONDED INVESTMENT USING TERENGGANU LOCAL SILICA FOR COPPER ALLOYS CASTING

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    S. Z. M. NOR

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study, several formulations of gypsum bonded investment (GBI as a mould for copper alloy casting has been developed and their properties had been investigated. The mould was developed using Terengganu local silica sand with the average particle size of 220–250 µm, acted as a refractory and Plaster of Paris (POP as a binder. The formulations used were 75% local silica, 25% plaster and various amounts (31–37% of water. The compressive strength, tensile strength, porosity, core hardness and mould hardness properties of the prepared GBI were studied. It has been found that both compressive strength and tensile strength reduced with a water content due to an increment of mould porosity which was confirmed via Scanning Electron Microscopy analysis. The mould hardness was found unchanged, but the core hardness was slightly reduced with the increment of water. The compressive strength of GBI moulds developed in this work was in the range of 600–1100 kN/m2, which was sufficient for copper alloy casting.

  9. Interactions between TiAl alloy and AZC/AMT binder systems in investment casting

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    Yi Jia

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In this work, two kinds of binders, Ammonium Zirconium Carbonate (AZC and Ammonium Metatungstate (AMT hydrate, and three kinds of powders (ZrO2, Al2O3 and Y2O3 were mixed to fabricate six kinds of face coating systems. The thermal behaviors of the AZC and AMT dried binders were investigated by TG-DTA, and the phase transformation of the two binders was determined by XRD. Monoclinic ZrO2 phase was formed from AZC at 620 °C and WO3 at 700 °C, and the phase transformation was completed at lower than 1000 °C in both binders, and therefore, the sintering temperature for the molds was selected at 950 °C. The interaction between the ceramic molds with different face coatings and the Ti-48Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy during investment casting was studied. Results showed no α-case reaction in the TiAl-mold reaction, and the AMT + Y2O3 face coating appeared to be the best choice for investment casting of TiAl alloys under the experimental conditions.

  10. Microstructures and Magnetic Properties of As-Cast RE(Dy)-Fe-C(B) Alloys

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    2003-01-01

    High coercivity was obtained in bulk RE(Dy)-Fe-C(B) alloys with RE=Nd, Pr and Mm. In the as-cast state, the samples show a negligible coercivity Hci. Magnetic hardening takes place when annealing the as-cast alloys at around 1173 K for several hours, which produces an Hci greater than 1200 kA*m-1. Boron appears to be very important for achieving high coercivity, which is found to increase with increasing Dy content. SEM studies show a very small grain size at around 2 μm. X-ray diffraction and TEM studies reveal the existence of multiphases after annealing. They are RE2Fe14(B,C), RE2Fe3Cx, alpha-Fe(RE) and RE2Fe17(B,C) in order of their amounts. The carbide RE2Fe3Cx has a complicated hexagonal structure with a=0.468 nm and c=0.795 nm.

  11. The mechanical response of a uranium-nobium alloy: a comparison of cast versus wrought processing

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    Cady, Carl M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gray, George T., III [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cerreta, Ellen K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Aikin, Robert M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chen, Shuh - Rong [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Trujillo, Carl P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lopez, Mike F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Korzekwa, Deniece R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kelly, Ann M [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-02-13

    A rigorous experimentation and validation program is being undertaken to create constitutive models that elucidate the fundamental mechanisms controlling plasticity in uranium-6 wt.% niobium alloys (U-6Nb). The first, 'wrought', material produced by processing a cast ingot I'ia forging and forming into plate was studied. The second material investigated is a direct cast U-6Nb alloy. The purpose of the investigation is to detennine the principal differences, or more importantly, similarities, between the two materials due to processing. It is well known that parameters like grain size, impurity size and chemistry affect the deformation and failure characteristics of materials. Metallography conducted on these materials revealed that the microstructures are quite different. Characterization techniques like tension, compression, and shear were performed to find the principal differences between the materials as a function of stress state. Dynamic characterization using a split Hopkinson pressure bar in conjunction with Taylor impact testing was conducted to derive and thereafter validate constitutive material models. The Mechanical Threshold Strength Model is shown to accurately capture the constitutive response of these materials and Taylor cylinder tests are used to provide a robust way to verify and validate the constitutive model predictions of deformation by comparing finite element simulations with the experimental results. The primary differences between the materials will be described and predictions about material behavior will be made.

  12. Effect of inter-critical quenching on mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel

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    Liu Zhongli

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available For some casting low-alloy steels, traditional quenching and tempering heat treatments can improve the strength; however, sometimes the ductility is not satisfied. Therefore, some kind of effective heat treatment method seems necessary; one which could improve the ductility, but not seriously affect the strength. In this paper, the effect of inter-critical quenching (IQ on the mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel was studied. IQ was added between quenching and tempering heat treatment; and the microstructure and mechanical properties were compared to the same steel with the traditional quenching and tempering treatments. The experimental results show that the microstructure comprises small-size ferrite and martensite when the IQ is adopted; and that different temperatures can control the ferrite quantity and distribution, and, as a result, influence the mechanical properties. In the case of IQ, the tensile strength decreases just a little, but the ductility increases a lot; and the strength-ductility product (its value is the arithmetic product of elongation and tensile strength increases by between 6% and 10%, which means the IQ heat treatment can improve comprehensive mechanical properties.

  13. Microstructural Inclusion Influence on Fatigue of a Cast A356 Aluminum Alloy

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    Jordon, J. B.; Horstemeyer, M. F.; Yang, N.; Major, J. F.; Gall, K. A.; Fan, J.; McDowell, D. L.

    2010-02-01

    We examine the dependence of fatigue properties on the different size scale microstructural inclusions of a cast A356 aluminum alloy in order to quantify the structure-property relations. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis was performed on fatigue specimens that included three different dendrite cell sizes (DCSs). Where past studies have focused upon DCSs or pore size effects on fatigue life, this study includes other metrics such as nearest neighbor distance (NND) of inclusions, inclusion distance to the free surface, and inclusion type (porosity or oxides). The present study is necessary to separate the effects of numerous microstructural inclusions that have a confounding effect on the fatigue life. The results clearly showed that the maximum pore size (MPS), NND of gas pores, and DCS all can influence the fatigue life. These conclusions are presumed to be typical of other cast alloys with similar second-phase constituents and inclusions. As such, the inclusion-property relations of this work were employed in a microstructure-based fatigue model operating on the crack incubation and MSC with good results.

  14. Effects of scandium and zirconium combination alloying on as-cast microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-4Cu-1.5Mg alloy

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    Xiang Qingchun

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The influences of minor scandium and zirconium combination alloying on the as-cast microstructure and mechanical properties of Al-4Cu-1.5Mg alloy have been experimentally investigated. The experimental results show that when the minor elements of scandium and zirconium are simultaneously added into the Al-4Cu-1.5Mg alloy, the as-cast microstructure of the alloy is effectively modified and the grains of the alloy are greatly refined. The coarse dendrites in the microstructure of the alloy without Sc and Zr additions are refined to the uniform and fine equiaxed grains. As the additions of Sc and Zr are 0.4% and 0.2%, respectively, the tensile strength, yield strength and elongation of the alloy are relatively better, which are 275.0 MPa, 176.0 MPa and 8.0% respectively. The tensile strength is increased by 55.3%, and the elongation is nearly raised three times, compared with those of the alloy without Sc and Zr additions.

  15. Grain Refinement and Improvement of Solidification Defects in Direct-Chill Cast Billets of A4032 Alloy by Melt Conditioning

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    Li, Hu-Tian; Zhao, Pizhi; Yang, Rongdong; Patel, Jayesh B.; Chen, Xiangfu; Fan, Zhongyun

    2017-10-01

    Melt-conditioned, direct-chill (MC-DC) casting is an emerging technology to manipulate the solidification process by melt conditioning via intensive shearing in the sump during DC casting to tailor the solidification microstructure and defect formation. When using MC-DC casting technology in an industrial scale DC cast billet of an A4032 aluminum alloy, significant grain refinement and uniform microstructure can be achieved in the primary α-Al phase with fine secondary dendritic arm spacing (SDAS). Improved macrosegregation is quantitatively characterized and correlated with the suppression of channel segregation. The mechanisms for the prevention of channel segregation are attributed to the increased local cooling rate in the liquid-solid phase region in the sump and the formation of fine equiaxed dendritic grains under intensive melt shearing during MC-DC casting. A critical cooling rate has been identified to be around 0.5 to 1 K/s (°C/s) for the channel segregation to happen in the investigated alloy based on quantitative metallographic results of SDAS. Reduction and refinement of microporosity is attributed to the improved permeability in the liquid-solid phase region estimated by the Kozeny-Carman relationship. The potential improvement in the mechanical properties achievable in MC-DC cast billets is indicated by the finer and more uniform forging streamline in the forgings of MC-DC cast billet.

  16. Enhanced Hot Workability and Post-Hot Deformation Microstructure of the As-Cast Al-Zn-Cu-Mg Alloy Fabricated by Use of a High-Frequency Electromagnetic Casting with Electromagnetic Stirring

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    Park, S. Y.; Kim, W. J.

    2017-07-01

    The feasibility of producing an Al-Zn-Cu-Mg (7075) aluminum (Al) alloy using high-frequency electromagnetic casting (HFEMC) and electromagnetic stirring (EMS) was explored, and the microstructure, hot compressive deformation characteristics, and processing maps of the as-cast and homogenized EMS 7075 alloys were examined. The obtained results were compared with those of an alloy of the same composition, produced by direct chill casting (DCC). Application of the HFEMC/EMS technology resulted in grain refinement and suppression of dendritic growth. The grain size of the as-cast EMS 7075 alloy was smaller than that of the as-cast DCC 7075 alloy by more than half. This grain-size reduction increased the strain rate sensitivity and decreased the flow stress. The grain refinement also resulted in enhanced hot workability. Hot workability of the EMS 7075 alloy, however, considerably deteriorated after homogenization treatment. This resulted from the disappearance of the solute-segregated phases that play a role of accelerating dynamic recovery and continuous dynamic recrystallization during compressive deformation and the occurrence of considerable grain coarsening during homogenization treatment. The as-cast EMS 7075 alloy also showed a higher quality of post-hot working microstructure (after T6 heat treatment) compared to the homogenized EMS 7075 alloy. This resulted because the segregated phases in the as-cast microstructure served as the nucleation sites for new grains during static recrystallization by having created localized regions of high dislocation density around them during compressive deformation, especially at high strain rates. The current study showing that the as-cast EMS microstructure can yield a high hot workability as well as a high quality of post-hot working microstructure encourages the direct use of as-cast EMS 7075 alloy billets as feedstock for hot extrusion or forging.

  17. Friction stir surfacing of cast A356 aluminium–silicon alloy with boron carbide and molybdenum disulphide powders

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    R. Srinivasu; A.Sambasiva Rao; Madhusudhan Reddy, G.; Srinivasa Rao, K.

    2015-01-01

    Good castability and high strength properties of Al–Si alloys are useful in defence applications like torpedoes, manufacture of Missile bodies, and parts of automobile such as engine cylinders and pistons. Poor wear resistance of the alloys is major limitation for their use. Friction stir processing (FSP) is a recognized surfacing technique as it overcomes the problems of fusion route surface modification methods. Keeping in view of the requirement of improving wear resistance of cast alumini...

  18. Evaluation of microstructure of A356 aluminum alloy casting prepared under vibratory conditions during the solidification

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    SAKENDRA KUMAR; S P TEWARI

    2016-10-01

    The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the effect of vibrations (during solidification) on the metallurgical properties of A356 aluminum casting. Mechanical vibrations were applied to A356 aluminum alloy through set up. A356 melt has been subjected to mechanical vibration with the frequency range from 0 to 400 Hz with constant amplitude 5 lm. Grain refinement was obtained through mold vibration. Metallurgical properties were examined through optical microstructure, tensile fracture scanning electron microscope (SEM) and SEM image of test specimens prepared under different conditions of solidification. Results indicate that mold vibration effectively modified the microstructure of A356 casting and it has uniform and smaller grain sizewith fibrous silicon particle than nonvibrated casting. Grain refinement results increase in mechanical properties with increase in frequency of vibration of mold during the solidification. SEM micrograph of tensile fracture surface was carried out to study the influence of microstructure on fracture mode. SEM image of tensile fractured surface shows transgranular cleavage facets due to fracture of primary silicon particles. Fractures are brittle in nature so observation indicates low ductility and brittle fracture.

  19. Gap formation and interfacial heat transfer in alloy 718 investment castings

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    Sahai, V.; Overfelt, R.A. [Auburn Univ., AL (United States). Space Power Inst.

    1995-12-31

    Investment casting foundries increasingly rely on numerical simulations of their casting processes to enhance quality and reduce costs. An important aspect of numerical simulations is the interfacial heat transfer between the solidifying metal and the mold. The contact conductance varies during solidification as the mold expands and the metal shrinks, leading to the formation of a gap and significantly reduced contact conductance. Very little data are available for the estimation of contact conductance, especially for the superalloys used in the aerospace industry. This work reports on experimental and numerical results for the determination of contact conductance for an axi-symmetric casting of alloy 718. The heat transfer code TOPAZ2D in conjunction with Beck`s method was used for the numerical simulation of this inverse heat transfer problem. The effects of variation of mold properties and thermocouple locations on contact conductance are considered. A relationship between the varying interfacial heat transfer and the formation of gaps is also examined and compared to actual measured values determined by X-ray radiography.

  20. Effect of manganese on the ferrum phases of B319 aluminum alloy in lost foam casting

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    Guohua WU

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available By using ICP spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS analysis, X-ray diffraction, SEM and microscope analysis, the effects of Mn on the structure of B319 aluminum alloy are studied. The results show that without addition of Mn, there are coral-like Al2Cu phase and needle like Al5FeSi phase in the structure of casting with lost foam casting (LFC. Precipitation of Al2Cu can take plasce along the long sides of the Al5FeSi needles. Under the rapid cooling rates, such as ones in metallic mold, the Fe phase appears in the form of Chinese script α-Fe. With the addition of Mn, there are Chinese script α-Fe phases (Al15(Mn, Fe3Si2 in the structure of LFC casting. When Fe/Mn≦1.5, the needle-like β-Fe phases transform to Chinese script α-Fe completely. With the decrease of Fe/Mn ratio, the tensile strength and elongation increase, especially the elongation increases greatly. When Fe/Mn ratio decreases from 2.5 to1, the elongation ncreases from 1.2 to 1.9 % by 58 %.

  1. Microstructural modification of as-cast Al-Si-Mg alloy by friction stir processing

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    Ma, Z. Y.; Sharma, S. R.; Mishra, R. S.

    2006-11-01

    Friction stir processing (FSP) has been applied to cast aluminum alloy A356 plates to enhance the mechanical properties through microstructural refinement and homogenization. The effect of tool geometry and FSP parameters on resultant microstructure and mechanical properties was investigated. The FSP broke up and dispersed the coarse acicular Si particles creating a uniform distribution of Si particles in the aluminum matrix with significant microstructural refinement. Further, FSP healed the casting porosity. These microstructural changes led to a significant improvement in both strength and ductility. Higher tool rotation rate was the most effective parameter to refine coarse Si particles, heal the casting porosity, and consequently increase strength. The effect of tool geometry was complicated and no systematic trend was observed. For a standard pin design, maximum strength was achieved at a tool rotation rate of 900 rpm and traverse speed of 203 mm/min. Post-FSP aging increased strength for materials processed at higher tool rotation rates of 700 to 1100 rpm, but exerted only a marginal effect on samples prepared at the lower rotation rate of 300 rpm. Two-pass FSP with 100 pct overlapping passes resulted in higher strength for both as-FSP and post-FSP aged conditions.

  2. Development of casting process for large thin-wall precision magnesium alloy castings%大型薄壁精密镁合金铸件铸造技术进展

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    王艳光; 彭晓东; 赵辉; 谢卫东; 魏群义

    2011-01-01

    The advantage and disadvantage as well as the development of sand casting, low tension casting, die casting, lost foam casting and centrifugal casting technologies for the production of large thin - wall precision magnesium alloy castings are discussed. According to the development of aerospace industry, the research and development direction of the magnesium alloy centrifugal casting are pointed out.%介绍了砂型、低压、压铸、消失模、离心铸造大型、薄壁、精密镁合金铸件的优势和缺点,以及这些铸造技术的最新发展情况.针对航天工业的发展指出离心铸造镁合金的研究与发展方向.

  3. Effect of impurities on microstructure and structural propertiesof the as-cast and treated Al-Zn alloys

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    Douniazed Lamrous

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure of two Al-Zn alloys (with 10 and 30 wt.%Zn content produced by melting in the high frequency induction furnace were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis and the microhardness tests. The results indicate that the presence of iron impurity causes the formation of eutectic (Al,Zn3Fe in both alloys. The presence of the silicon impurity results in the formation of the phase separation in the Al-10%Zn as-cast alloy. The columnar to equiaxed transition was produced only in the Al-30%Zn as-cast alloy. The Vickers microhardness is higher in the equiaxed zone than in the columnar to equiaxed transition (CET zone. The presence of iron causes intermetallic phase formation (Al, Fe, Si3,6Zn in the Al-30%Zn as-cast alloy enabling an increase in the lattice parameter. After a homogenization treatment, the microstructure of Al-Zn treated alloys consists only of α dendrites and stable eutectic phase.

  4. Effects of Mold Temperature and Pouring Temperature on the Hot Tearing of Cast Al-Cu Alloys

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    Li, Shimin; Sadayappan, Kumar; Apelian, Diran

    2016-10-01

    The effects of mold temperature and pouring temperature on hot tearing formation and contraction behavior of a modified Al-Cu alloy 206 (M206) have been studied. The experiments were conducted using a newly developed Constrained Rod Mold, which simultaneously measures the contraction force/time/temperature during solidification for the restrained casting or linear contraction/time/temperature for a relaxed casting. Three mold temperatures [473 K, 573 K, and 643 K (200 °C, 300 °C, and 370 °C)] and three pouring temperatures [superheat of 50 K, 100 K, and 150 K (50 °C, 100 °C, and 150 °C)] were studied, and alloy A356 was used as reference for comparison. The results confirm that alloy A356 has high resistance to hot tearing. Hot tearing did not occur for the three mold temperatures evaluated, whereas alloy M206 exhibited significant hot tearing for the same casting and mold temperature conditions. Hot tearing severity and linear contraction in alloy 206 decreased significantly with increasing mold temperature. Increasing pouring temperature increases hot tearing in alloy M206, but the effect is not as significant as that of mold temperature. The results and underlying mechanism of these effects are discussed in correlation with the thermomechanical properties and microstructures.

  5. Breaking through the strength-ductility trade-off dilemma in an Al-Si-based casting alloy

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    Dang, B.; Zhang, X.; Chen, Y. Z.; Chen, C. X.; Wang, H. T.; Liu, F.

    2016-08-01

    Al-Si-based casting alloys have a great potential in various industrial applications. Common strengthening strategies on these alloys are accompanied inevitably by sacrifice of ductility, known as strength-ductility trade-off dilemma. Here, we report a simple route by combining rapid solidification (RS) with a post-solidification heat treatment (PHT), i.e. a RS + PHT route, to break through this dilemma using a commercial Al-Si-based casting alloy (A356 alloy) as an example. It is shown that yield strength and elongation to failure of the RS + PHT processed alloy are elevated simultaneously by increasing the cooling rate upon RS, which are not influenced by subsequent T6 heat treatment. Breaking through the dilemma is attributed to the hierarchical microstructure formed by the RS + PHT route, i.e. highly dispersed nanoscale Si particles in Al dendrites and nanoscale Al particles decorated in eutectic Si. Simplicity of the RS + PHT route makes it being suitable for industrial scaling production. The strategy of engineering microstructures offers a general pathway in tailoring mechanical properties of other Al-Si-based alloys. Moreover, the remarkably enhanced ductility of A356 alloy not only permits strengthening further the material by work hardening but also enables possibly conventional solid-state forming of the material, thus extending the applications of such an alloy.

  6. Casting accuracy of a nickel and beryllium-free cobalt-chromium alloy for crown and bridge prostheses and resin-bonded bridges.

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    Hansson, O

    1985-01-01

    In the 1970's economic factors dictated the development of alternatives to gold alloys in dentistry in the USA and in Europe. A similar development has not occurred in Sweden because of different laws. Alloys that contain nickel and beryllium present a health hazard and are therefore of little interest to the Swedish market. A review of the literature shows that castings of base-metal alloys are less accurate than castings of conventional gold alloys and of low gold alloys. However, in long-span-bridges and in thin resin-bonded cast restorations, their physical and mechanical properties are superior to those of the gold alloys. In this study the casting accuracy of a nickel- and beryllium-free cobalt-chromium alloy, Neobond II Special, is investigated. Neobond II Special was found to be less accurate than Sjödings C-guld. The marginal discrepancies of the castings were small, however, when the castings were oversized. It also proved to be technique sensitive to conventional dental laboratory procedures. Thus, it seems difficult to get castings with an acceptable retention as well as small marginal discrepancies when using the base-metal alloy.

  7. Replication of engine block cylinder bridge microstructure and mechanical properties with lab scale 319 Al alloy billet castings

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    Lombardi, A., E-mail: a2lombar@ryerson.ca [Centre for Near-net-shape Processing of Materials, Ryerson University, 101 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5B2K3 (Canada); D' Elia, F.; Ravindran, C. [Centre for Near-net-shape Processing of Materials, Ryerson University, 101 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5B2K3 (Canada); MacKay, R. [Nemak of Canada Corporation, 4600 G.N. Booth Drive, Windsor, Ontario N9C4G8 (Canada)

    2014-01-15

    In recent years, aluminum alloy gasoline engine blocks have in large part successfully replaced nodular cast iron engine blocks, resulting in improved vehicle fuel efficiency. However, because of the inadequate wear resistance properties of hypoeutectic Al–Si alloys, gray iron cylinder liners are required. These liners cause the development of large tensile residual stress along the cylinder bores and necessitate the maximization of mechanical properties in this region to prevent premature engine failure. The aim of this study was to replicate the engine cylinder bridge microstructure and mechanical properties following TSR treatment (which removes the sand binder to enable easy casting retrieval) using lab scale billet castings of the same alloy composition with varying cooling rates. Comparisons in microstructure between the engine block and the billet castings were carried out using optical and scanning electron microscopy, while mechanical properties were assessed using tensile testing. The results suggest that the microstructure at the top and middle of the engine block cylinder bridge was successfully replicated by the billet castings. However, the microstructure at the bottom of the cylinder was not completely replicated due to variations in secondary phase morphology and distribution. The successful replication of engine block microstructure will enable the future optimization of heat treatment parameters. - Highlights: • A method to replicate engine block microstructure was developed. • Billet castings will allow cost effective optimization of heat treatment process. • The replication of microstructure in the cylinder region was mostly successful. • Porosity was more clustered in the billet castings compared to the engine block. • Mechanical properties were lower in billet castings due to porosity and inclusions.

  8. Status quo and development trend of lost foam casting technology

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    Fan Zitian

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Lost foam casting (LFC technology has been widely applied to cast iron and cast steel. However, the development of LFC for Al and Mg alloys was relatively slower than that for cast iron and cast steel. The application of LFC to Al and Mg alloys needs more effort, especially in China. In this paper, the development history of LFC is reviewed, and the application situations of LFC to Al and Mg alloys are mainly discussed. Meanwhile, the key problems of LFC for Al and Mg alloys are also pointed out. Finally, the prospects for LFC technology are discussed, and some special new LFC technologies are introduced for casting Al and Mg alloys. In future, the development trends of green LFC technology mainly focus on the special new LFC methods, metal material, coating, heat treatment, new foam materials as well as purification technology of tail gas, etc.

  9. Semisolid casting with ultrasonically melt-treated billets of Al-7mass%Si alloys

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    Yoshiki Tsunekawa

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The demand for high performance cast aluminum alloy components is often disturbed by increasing impurity elements, such as iron accumulated from recycled scraps. It is strongly required that coarse plate-like iron compound of モ-Al5FeSi turns into harmless form without the need for applying refining additives or expensive virgin ingots. The microstructural modification of Al-7mass%Si alloy billets with different iron contents was examined by applying ultrasonic vibration during the solidification. Ultrasonically melt-treated billets were thixocast right after induction heating up to the semisolid temperature of 583 ìC, the microstructure and tensile properties were evaluated in the thixocast components. Globular primary メ-Al is required to fill up a thin cavity in thixocasting, so that the microstructural modification by ultrasonic melt-treatment was firstly confirmed in the billets. With ultrasonic melt-treatment in the temperature range of 630 ìC to 605 ìC, the primary メ-Al transforms itself from dendrite into fine globular in morphology. The coarse plate-like モ-Al5FeSi compound becomes markedly finer compared with those in non-treated billets. Semisolid soaking up to 583 ìC, does not appreciably affect the size of モ-Al5FeSi compounds; however, it affects the solid primary メ-Al morphology to be more globular, which is convenient for thixocasting. After thixocasting with preheated billets, eutectic silicon plates are extremely refined due to the rapid solidification arising from low casting temperature. The tensile strength of thixocast samples with different iron contents does not change much even at 2mass% of iron, when thixocast with ultrasonically melt-treated billets. However, thixocast Al-7mass%Si-2mass%Fe alloy with non-treated billets exhibits an inferior strength of 80 MPa, compared with 180 MPa with ultrasonically melt-treated billets. The elongation is also improved by about a factor of two in thixocastings with

  10. Effects of alloying elements on nitrogen diffusion behavior around TiN/Ti interface α region in as-cast titanium alloys

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    2001-01-01

    To characterize the effects of alloying elements on inclusion dissolution of titanium nitride, the content profiles of elements around TiN/Ti boundary α phase regions in liquid titanium alloys have been experimentally carried out. Four kinds of commercial alloys of CpTi, Ti64, Ti17 and Ti6242 containing different α-stabilizing or β-stabilizing elements are examined through artificially embedding the TiN sponge particle into liquid alloys in VAR conditions. The content profiles of nitrogen and alloying elements around TiN/Ti boundary were measured by WDX and microprobe for as-cast samples. The content profiles of nitrogen and alloying elements around N-containing solid in αTi region of these alloys show a common features of a steep change. In particular, the content profiles of elements for Ti6242 demonstrate unique change of a more gentle change tendency and further deeper into the alloy matrix. The experiment results show that, the differences among composite effects of alloying elements in different alloys within nitrogen-induced diffusion α region result in different dissolution and diffusion behaviors to overcome the α phase region barriers.

  11. Research of quasi-solid fracture behavior of casting Al-4.5Cu alloys

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    2005-01-01

    The influencing mechanisms of elements Ti and Ce and their interactions on fracture behaviors of casting alloys Al-4.5Cu-0.6Mn were studied by observing tensile fracture behavior in quasi-solid zone under SEM and EDX instruments.The results indicate that the resistance stress against hot cracking can be improved obviously by addition of Ti, because of its grain refining function. It is also found that, when Ce is added into the alloys, besides its effect in refining crystalline, the mechanical behavior of lower melting point eutectic phase in quasi-solid zone can be improved efficiently by some compounds with Ce formed and deposited between dendrites. Therefore, a coiligating effect of Ti and Ce on improving resistance stress against hot cracking is more efficient than that only single alloy element is applied. When hot cracking occurs, grains yield at first, and then crack spreads. Both inter-grain and trans-grain fractures are observed, but the major fracture manner is brittleness.

  12. Research of quasi-solid fracture behavior of casting AI-4.5Cu alloys

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    Shengquan DONG

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available The influencing mechanisms of elements Ti and Ce and their interactions on fracture behaviors of casting alloys AI-4.5Cu-0.6Mn were studied by observing tensile fracture behavior in quasi-solid zone under SEM and EDX instruments.The results indicate that the resistance stress against hot cracking can be improved obviously by addition of Ti, because of its grain refining function. It is also found that, when Ce is added into the alloys, besides its effect in refining crystalline, the mechanical behavior of lower melting point eutectic phase in quasi-solid zone can be improved efficiently by some compounds with Ce formed and deposited between dendrites. Therefore, a colligating effect of Ti and Ce on improving resistance stress against hot cracking is more efficient than that only single alloy element is applied. When hot cracking occurs, grains yield at first, and then crack spreads. Both inter-grain and trans-grain fractures are observed, but the major fracture manner is brittleness.

  13. Effect of electric current on the cast microstructure of Al-Si alloy

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    2005-01-01

    Effect of electric current on the cast microstructure of Al-Si alloy was investigated. It was found that the microstructure of Al-Si alloy was refined as the electric current was applied during solidification. When DC (Direct Current) was applied in solidification, the eutectic Si flakes are similar to those solidified without current, but its length was shortened and its distribution was changed ,with most of the Si flakes arrange in the radial direction, because of the electromagnetic force that resulted from the DC. On the other hand, when AC (Alternating Current) was applied during the solidification of Al-Si alloy, most of the minute hooks on the silicon flakes that were found under DC or without any applied current were broken into small silicon particles. Through silicon concentration measurement by electron microprobe, it was found that the silicon content in the α-Al matrix increased with the current application during solidification, and the effect is more obvious when AC was applied.

  14. Galvanic corrosion behavior of die cast AZ91D magnesium alloy in chloride solution

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    Zhensong Tong; Wei Zhang; Jiuqing Li; Jin Gao; Jiquan He; Ji Zhou

    2004-01-01

    The galvanic corrosion behavior of die cast AZ91D magnesium alloy coupled with H62 brass, 316L stainless steel, A3steel and LY12 aluminum alloy of different areas in 3.5% NaC1 solution was studied. The free corrosion potentials, galvanic potentials and currents of these galvanic couples were measured. The galvanic effects were determined by the mass loss and regression method using three points. The results show that: (1) In these four kinds of couples AZ91D acts as the anode, whose galvanic corrosion behavior is mainly controlled by the cathodic polarization; (2) The free corrosion potentials of these four kinds of couples change a liffle with time and cathodic/anodic area ratio (CAAR); (3) The galvanic potential of AZ91D/LY12 moves positively with the increase of time and CAAR; (4) The galvanic currents increase with CAAR, but there is difference in the current change between different couples; (5) The anodic dissolution rate of the magnesium alloy increases by 2-3 orders after being coupled with these four kinds of metals and the galvanic effects of these couples have such a relation as γH62>γ316LS.S>γLY12 >γA3.

  15. Creep Properties of the As-Cast Al-A319 Alloy: T4 and T7 Heat Treatment Effects

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    Erfanian-Naziftoosi, Hamid R.; Rincón, Ernesto J.; López, Hugo F.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, the creep behavior of a commercial Al-A319 alloy was investigated in the temperature range of 413 K to 533 K (140 °C to 260 °C). Tensile creep specimens in the as-cast condition and after heat treating by solid solution (T4) and by aging (T7) were tested in a stress range varying from 60 to 170 MPa. It was found that steady-state creep strain rate was significantly low in the T7 condition when compared with either the T4 or as-cast alloy conditions. As a result, the time to failure behavior considerably increased. The experimentally determined creep exponents measured from the stress-strain curves were 4 for the as-cast alloy, 7.5 in the solid solution, and 9.5 after aging. In particular, after solid solution a grain substructure was found to develop which indicated that creep in a constant subgrain structure was active, thus accounting for the n exponent of 7.5. In the aged condition, a stress threshold is considered to account for the power law creep exponent n of 9.5. Moreover, It was found that the creep activation energy values were rather similar for the alloys in the as-cast (134 kJ/mol) and T4 (146 kJ/mol) conditions. These values are close to the one corresponding to pure Al self-diffusion (143 kJ/mol). In the aged alloy, the apparent creep activation energy (202 kJ/mol) exceeded that corresponding to Al self-diffusion. This deviation in activation energy is attributed to the effect of temperature on the alloy elastic modulus. Microstructural observations using transmission electron microscopy provided further support for the various dislocation-microstructure interactions exhibited by the alloy under the investigated creep conditions and implemented heat treatments.

  16. Magsimal-59, an AlMgMnSi-type squeeze-casting alloy designed for temper F

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    Hielscher, U.; Sternau, H.; Koch, H.; Franke, A.J. [Aluminium Rheinfelden (Germany)

    1996-10-01

    To get high mechanical properties using standard squeeze casting alloys (for example A356) it is indispensable to make a heat treatment. That means solution heat treatment and quenching and artificially aging. For this reason, the authors were challenged to develop an alloy that provides sophisticated mechanical properties without any heat treatment. Compared to A 356 T6 values in brackets, the new alloy has yield strength > 21 ksi (> 32 ksi) tensile strengths > 42 ksi (43 ksi) and elongation > 15% (10%) in temper F. fatigue strength (r = {minus}1, high frequency pulsation test) is > {+-} 16 ksi (13.5). To meet these properties, a casting process with high solidification velocity like squeeze casting or high pressure die-casting is necessary. Magsimal-59 is of the AlMgMnSi-type. The microstructure consists of {alpha}-Al and a very fine dispersed ternary eutectic. The microstructure and the influence of cooling rate on the mechanical properties will be discussed including some examples of castings.

  17. Microstructural and Hardness Evaluations of a Centrifuged Sn-22Pb Casting Alloy Compared with a Lead-Free SnAg Alloy

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    Satizabal, Luz Myrian; Costa, Diego; Hainick, Guilherme Ottamr; Moura, Diego Rodrigo; Bortolozo, Ausdinir Danilo; Osório, Wislei Riuper

    2017-01-01

    A great preoccupation with replacing the traditional Sn-Pb alloy with a Pb-free alloy ("green alloy") is recognized. There are industrial sectors that demand metallurgical improvements to attain certain unsoundness and adequate properties as a function of imposed operational parameters. In this experimental investigation, two distinctive centrifuged casting alloys (i.e., Sn-2 wt pct Ag and Sn-22 wt pct Pb) are compared. It is found that centrifuged castings have similar microstructure constituents, although distinctive cooling rates and solute contents are considered. It is also found that Ag3Sn intermetallic particles are responsible for attaining similar tensile strength, since more dislocations between Ag3Sn particles and the Sn-rich phase are provided. In order to replace the Sn-Pb alloys with a successor alloy containing sustainability and environmental aspects associated with castability and to guarantee the desired properties, it seems that a green alloy (Pb free) with intermetallic particles finely and homogeneously distributed provides an interesting benefit to various industrial applications.

  18. Microstructural and Hardness Evaluations of a Centrifuged Sn-22Pb Casting Alloy Compared with a Lead-Free SnAg Alloy

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    Satizabal, Luz Myrian; Costa, Diego; Hainick, Guilherme Ottamr; Moura, Diego Rodrigo; Bortolozo, Ausdinir Danilo; Osório, Wislei Riuper

    2017-04-01

    A great preoccupation with replacing the traditional Sn-Pb alloy with a Pb-free alloy ("green alloy") is recognized. There are industrial sectors that demand metallurgical improvements to attain certain unsoundness and adequate properties as a function of imposed operational parameters. In this experimental investigation, two distinctive centrifuged casting alloys ( i.e., Sn-2 wt pct Ag and Sn-22 wt pct Pb) are compared. It is found that centrifuged castings have similar microstructure constituents, although distinctive cooling rates and solute contents are considered. It is also found that Ag3Sn intermetallic particles are responsible for attaining similar tensile strength, since more dislocations between Ag3Sn particles and the Sn-rich phase are provided. In order to replace the Sn-Pb alloys with a successor alloy containing sustainability and environmental aspects associated with castability and to guarantee the desired properties, it seems that a green alloy (Pb free) with intermetallic particles finely and homogeneously distributed provides an interesting benefit to various industrial applications.

  19. Effect of heat treatment on corrosion behavior of low pressure sand cast Mg-10Gd-3Y-0.5Zr alloys

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    2016-01-01

    The corrosion behaviors of low-pressure sand cast Mg-10Gd-3Y-0.5Zr (wt.%) alloys in as-cast, solution treated (T4) and aged (T6) conditions were studied by means of immersion test and electrochemical measurements in 5wt.% NaCl solution saturated with Mg(OH)2. It was observed that the corrosion rate in the T4 condition was lower than that of the as-cast and T6 conditions by both sand casting and permanent mold casting with the same order of as-cast>T6>T4; while the corrosion resistance of the ...

  20. TECHNOLOGICAL COMPLEX OF EQUIPMENT FOR REFINING AND CASTING OF STEEL AND ALLOYS IN THE FOUNDRY AND STEEL INDUSTRIES

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    V. I. Zolotukhin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Vulcan TM is a small innovative company, specializing in the manufacture of steel and alloys casting systems and refractory accessories.Available for foundry and metallurgical industries, special technological equipment, designed and manufactured by LLC NPP “Vulkan-TM.”

  1. PERSPECTIVE SOURCES OF METALS RESOURCES (CU, NI FOR CAST IRON ALLOYING, ARISING ON THE TERRITORY OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

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    V. L. Tribushevski

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The article is dedicated to the practical foundation of combined resources-economy technologies of the alloyed cast iron melting using wastes of galvanic productions, containing sulfates and hydroxides of these metals, instead of metallic nickel and copper.

  2. Structure dependence of the dynamic Young modulus, G modulus and the attenuation in high temperature forged alloys and cast alloys. Final report. [IN 100; IN 617; IN 713LC; IN 738LC; IN 738 LC DS; IN 800 H; IN 907; IN 939; Nimonic 75; Nimonic 90; Udimet 500; Udimet 720; MA 6000 DS; MA 754; MAR M247; MAR M002 mod; CMSX 2; CMSX 6; B1914 DS; X3CrNi18 9; X22CrMoV12 1; FSX414]. Gefuegeabhaengigkeit des dynamischen E-Moduls, G-Moduls und der Daempfung bei hochwarmfesten Schmiede- und Gusslegierungen. Abschlussbericht

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    Klose, P.; Kuhn, A.H.

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    This work consists of two parts. The first part reports on the measurement of the elastic properties and the thermal expansion coefficients of selected, technically important high temperature alloys (as e.g. cast alloys and forged alloys, directionally solidified alloys, single crystals) in the temperature range of 20deg C to 1200deg C. The orientation dependence and the structure dependence of these characteristics are of special interest especially in this study. The second part reports on investigations of selected materials with regard to the quantitative relationships between the elastic properties of single-phase single crystals and multiphase single crystals, directionally solidified alloys as well as polycrystals without und with texture, in the temperature range of 20deg C to 1200deg C. The limiting value concept and the phase mixing rules are used for the evaluation. (orig./MM) With 133 figs., 18 tabs., 322 refs.

  3. Effect of the addition of Al-Ti-C master alloy on the microstructure and microhardness of a cast Al-10Mg alloy

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    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and microhardness of a cast Al-10wt%Mg (henceforth Al-l0Mg) alloy with 0.2wt% addition of Al-5Ti-0.25C master alloy were compared with those of a refiner-free alloy of similar chemical composition.It was found that this level of the master alloy addition not only caused an effective grain refinement, but also caused a significant increase in the microhardness of the Al-10Mg alloy.Microchemical analysis revealed that TiC particles existed in the grain center.The relationship between the holding time and grain size was also studied.It shows that the grain refining efficiency is faded observably with the holding time.This is explained in terms of the instability of TiC particles.

  4. Development of pressure control system in counter gravity casting for large thin-walled A357 aluminum alloy components

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    LI Xin-lei; HAO Qi-tang; JIE Wan-qi; ZHOU Yu-chuan

    2008-01-01

    Counter gravity casting equipments(CGCE) were widely used to produce large thin-walled A357 aluminum alloy components. To improve the pressure control precision of CGCE to get high quality castings, a pressure control system based on fuzzy-PID hybrid control technology and the digital assembled valve was developed. The actual pressure tracking experiment results show that the special system by applying PID controller and fuzzy controller to varied phases, is not only able to inherit the small error and good static stability of classical PID control, but also has fuzzy control's advantage of fully adapting itself to the object. The pressure control error is less than 0.3 kPa. By using this pressure control system, large complex thin-walled A357 aluminum alloy castings with high quality was successfully produced.

  5. Influence of heat treatment on microstructure and tensile properties of a cast Al-Cu-Si-Mn alloy

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    Liu Zhixue

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Solution and aging treatments are important approaches to improve mechanical properties and microstructure of aluminum-base alloys. In this research, a new type high strength Al-Cu-Si-Mn cast alloy was prepared. The effect of different solution and aging treatment temperatures on microstructure and mechanical properties of the Al-Cu-Si-Mn cast alloy were studied by means of microstructure observation and mechanical properties testing. Results showed that after solution treated at different temperatures for 12 h and aged at 175 ℃ for 12 h, with the increase of the solution temperature, both the tensile strength and the elongation of the alloy firstly increase and then decrease, and reach their peak values at 530 ℃. When the solution temperature is below 530 ℃, the microstructure of the alloy consists of α phase, undissolved θ phase and T phase; while when it exceeds 530 ℃, the microstructure only consists of α phase and T phase. After solution treated at 530 ℃ for 12 h and aged at different temperatures for 12 h, both the tensile strength and the elongation of the alloy firstly increase and then decrease with the increasing of temperature, and reach their peak values at 175 ℃. Therefore, the optimal heat treatment process for the alloy in this study is 12 h solution at 530 ℃ and 12 h aging at 175 ℃, and the corresponding tensile strength is 417 MPa, elongation is 4.0%.

  6. Analysis and Evaluation of Novel Al-Mg-Sc-Zr Aerospace Alloy Strip Produced Using the Horizontal Single Belt Casting (HSBC) Process

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    Ge, Sa; Celikin, Mert; Isac, Mihaiela; Guthrie, Roderick I. L.

    2015-04-01

    Horizontal single belt casting (HSBC) is a near net shape casting process in which molten metal is directly cast into thin strips, at high cooling rates (order of several 100 °C/s), with the potential for high volume, friction free, continuous production of metal strips. This casting process was used in the present work to produce strips of Al-Mg alloys in the AA5000 series, with additions of Sc and Zr. Such aluminum alloys show exceptional potential as a structural material for transportation/aerospace applications. To demonstrate the suitability of the HSBC process to manufacture competitive strip products of Al-Mg-Sc-Zr, the mechanical properties and microstructures of the strips produced using the HSBC process were compared with conventionally cast products. The effects of annealing on the mechanical properties of the strip-cast Al-Mg-Sc-Zr alloys were also investigated.

  7. The Effect of Applied Pressure During Feeding of Critical Cast Aluminum Alloy Components With Particular Reference to Fatigue Resistance

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    J.T. Berry; R. Luck; B. Zhang; R.P. Taylor

    2003-06-30

    the medium to long freezing range alloys of aluminum such as A356, A357, A206, 319 for example are known to exhibit dispersed porosity, which is recognized as a factor affecting ductility, fracture toughness, and fatigue resistance of light alloy castings. The local thermal environment, for example, temperature gradient and freezing from velocity, affect the mode of solidification which, along with alloy composition, heat treatment, oxide film occlusion, hydrogen content, and the extent to which the alloy contracts on solidification, combine to exert strong effects on the porosity formation in such alloys. In addition to such factors, the availability of liquid metal and its ability to flow through the partially solidified casting, which will be affect by the pressure in the liquid metal, must also be considered. The supply of molten metal will thus be controlled by the volume of the riser available for feeding the particular casting location, its solidification time, and its location together with any external pressure that might be applied at the riser.

  8. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of MWCNTs Reinforced A356 Aluminum Alloys Cast Nanocomposites Fabricated by Using a Combination of Rheocasting and Squeeze Casting Techniques

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    Abou Bakr Elshalakany

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A356 hypoeutectic aluminum-silicon alloys matrix composites reinforced by different contents of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs were fabricated using a combination of rheocasting and squeeze casting techniques. A novel approach by adding MWCNTs into A356 aluminum alloy matrix with CNTs has been performed. This method is significant in debundling and preventing flotation of the CNTs within the molten alloy. The microstructures of nanocomposites and the interface between the aluminum alloy matrix and the MWCNTs were examined by using an optical microscopy (OM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX. This method remarkably facilitated a uniform dispersion of nanotubes within A356 aluminum alloy matrix as well as a refinement of grain size. In addition, the effects of weight fraction (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 wt% of the CNT-blended matrix on mechanical properties were evaluated. The results have indicated that a significant improvement in ultimate tensile strength and elongation percentage of nanocomposite occurred at the optimal amount of 1.5 wt% MWCNTs which represents an increase in their values by a ratio of about 50% and 280%, respectively, compared to their corresponding values of monolithic alloy. Hardness of the samples was also significantly increased by the addition of CNTs.

  9. Microstructure and Wear Behavior Of as Cast Al-25mg2si-2cu-2ni Alloy

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    1Geetanjali.S.Guggari ,

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The remarkable feature of the Aluminium is its low density and ability to withstand corrosion effect due to phenomenon of passivation. Structural components made from Aluminium and its alloys are vital to the aerospace industry and are important in other areas of transportation and structural materials. The oxides and sulphate are useful compounds of Aluminium based on its weight. In this work, an attempt has been made to utilize the combined effect of high cooling rate solidification, unique micro structural evolution mechanism of T6 heat treatment the advantages of hypereutectic Al-Si system alloyed with other elements such as Cu, Fe and Mg. In the present investigation, the binary alloys in the hypereutectic range viz. Al25Mg2Si has been selected as heat resistant Al-Si alloys. A systematic approach has been carried out to explore the micro structural features, mechanical and wear properties of as cast alloys.

  10. Influence of Low-Frequency Vibration and Modification on Solidification and Mechanical Properties of Al-Si Casting Alloy.

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    Selivorstov, Vadim; Dotsenko, Yuri; Borodianskiy, Konstantin

    2017-05-20

    One of the major aims of the modern materials foundry industry is the achievement of advanced mechanical properties of metals, especially of light non-ferrous alloys such as aluminum. Usually an alloying process is applied to obtain the required properties of aluminum alloys. However, the presented work describes an alternative approach through the application of vibration treatment, modification by ultrafine powder and a combination of these two methods. Microstructural studies followed by image analysis revealed the refinement of α-Al grains with an increase in the Si network area around them. As evidence, the improvement of the mechanical properties of Al casting alloy was detected. It was found that the alloys subjected to the vibration treatment displayed an increase in tensile and yield strengths by 20% and 10%, respectively.

  11. Evaluation of the Effects of Rotary Degassing Process Variables on the Quality of A357 Aluminum Alloy Castings

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    Mostafaei, M.; Ghobadi, M.; Eisaabadi B., Ghasem; Uludağ, Muhammet; Tiryakioğlu, Murat

    2016-12-01

    The effects of rotary degassing process variables on the melt and casting quality have been investigated using reduced pressure test results and quality index calculations from tensile data. The results showed that the effectiveness of the rotary degassing process of Al alloys is highly dependent on the combination of rotational speed and the gas flow rate, and that the wrong combination of these factors may result in no improvement or even degradation in quality of castings. For the first time, it has been found that the effectiveness of the pouring and filling system to produce high-quality castings can be characterized numerically. This new method of quantifying the casting system is introduced as a new quality improvement tool for materials and process engineers.

  12. The Effect of Structural Quality on Fatigue Life in 319 Aluminum Alloy Castings

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    Özdeş, Hüseyin; Tiryakioğlu, Murat

    2016-12-01

    Tensile and fatigue life data for 319 aluminum alloy from seventeen datasets reported in four independent studies from the literature have been reanalyzed. Analysis of fatigue life data involved mean stress correction for different R ratios used in fatigue testing, inclusion of survival (runout) data along with failure data, as well as volumetric correction for Weibull distributions for different specimen sizes used in these studies. Tensile data have been transformed into the structural quality index, Q T, which is used as a measure of the structural quality of castings. A distinct relationship has been observed between the expected fatigue life and mean quality index. Moreover, fatigue strengths at 104 and 106 cycles have been found increase with quality index, providing further evidence about the relationship observed between structural quality and fatigue performance. Empirical equations between Basquin parameters and structural quality index have been developed. The use of the comprehensive methodology to estimate fatigue life is demonstrated with an example.

  13. The Effect of Structural Quality on Fatigue Life in 319 Aluminum Alloy Castings

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    Özdeş, Hüseyin; Tiryakioğlu, Murat

    2017-02-01

    Tensile and fatigue life data for 319 aluminum alloy from seventeen datasets reported in four independent studies from the literature have been reanalyzed. Analysis of fatigue life data involved mean stress correction for different R ratios used in fatigue testing, inclusion of survival (runout) data along with failure data, as well as volumetric correction for Weibull distributions for different specimen sizes used in these studies. Tensile data have been transformed into the structural quality index, Q T, which is used as a measure of the structural quality of castings. A distinct relationship has been observed between the expected fatigue life and mean quality index. Moreover, fatigue strengths at 104 and 106 cycles have been found increase with quality index, providing further evidence about the relationship observed between structural quality and fatigue performance. Empirical equations between Basquin parameters and structural quality index have been developed. The use of the comprehensive methodology to estimate fatigue life is demonstrated with an example.

  14. Effect of Welding Parameters on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Cast Fe-40Al Alloy

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    Osman Torun

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Friction welding of cast Fe-40Al alloy was carried out at 1000 rmp for various friction times, friction pressures, and forging pressures. The microstructures of the interface of welded samples were analyzed by optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Micrographs demonstrated that excellent welding formed continuously along the interface, except for samples welded for 3 s. Chemical compositions of the interface of the friction welded samples and of the fractured surface of all the specimens were determined using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS. After the welding process, shear tests were applied to the welded samples to determine the shear strength of joints. Test results indicated that the maximum shear strength was 469.5 MPa.

  15. As-cast microstructures of Ti-11 Al- xC alloys

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    2001-01-01

    Presents the investigation of as-cast microstructures of high temperature α + α2 titanium alloys matrix composites reinforced by particles and fabricated using a reaction synthesis method by XRD, OM and SEM which reveals that the matrix transformed into single phase α2 from two phases α + α2 and reinforcing phases become Ti3A1C and TiC from single phase TiC as C content increases to a critical value, and Ti3AlC precipitates during solidification processing and points out that the norphologies of TiC and Ti3AlC are of short-lath shape and near spherical shape, respectively, and lattice parameters of matrix α2 increase with the increasing of C content, but the lattice parameter of reinforcing phase TiC is lower than standard lattice parameter of TiC due to the C defection in TiC.

  16. Friction Stir Welding in Wrought and Cast Aluminum Alloys: Heat Transfer Modeling and Thermal History Analysis

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    Pan, Yi; Lados, Diana A.

    2017-02-01

    Friction stir welding (FSW) is a technique that can be used for materials joining and local microstructural refinement. Owing to the solid-state character of the process, FSW has significant advantages over traditional fusion welding, including reduced part distortion and overheating. In this study, a novel heat transfer model was developed to predict weld temperature distributions and quantify peak temperatures under various combinations of processing parameters for different wrought and cast Al alloys. Specifically, an analytical analysis was first developed to characterize and predict heat generation rate within the weld nugget, and then a two-dimensional (2D) numerical simulation was performed to evaluate the temperature distribution in the weld cross-section and top-view planes. A further three-dimensional (3D) simulation was developed based on the heat generation analysis. The model was validated by measuring actual temperatures near the weld nugget using thermocouples, and good agreement was obtained for all studied materials and conditions.

  17. Influence of process parameters on microstructure of semisolid A356 alloy slug cast through vertical pipe

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    YANG Xiao-rong; MAO Wei-min; PEI Sheng

    2008-01-01

    Suitable microstructures required for semisolid casting were formed by using a vertical pipe. Different lengths of vertical pipe, slug dimensions and pouring time were used to investigate their influence on the microstructure of A356 alloy. The results indicate that at the same length of the vertical pipe, the morphology of the primary α(Al) gradually deteriorates by the enlargement in the slug size, but the deteriorating speed slows down with increasing pipe length. They also reveal that the increase in the pipe length improves the microstructure, whereas no further improvement appears when the pipe length reaches a certain value. The optimum length of the pipe obtained in the present work is 430 mm. The microstructure of larger slug poured at higher pouring temperature gets worse and it can be improved by moderately elongating pouring time. The relative mechanisms were also discussed.

  18. Microstructure modification by La2O3 and its effect on wear resistance properties of as-cast ZL107 alloy

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    WAN Diqing

    2010-01-01

    Modification of ZL107 aluminum alloy has been successfully achieved by using La2O3. The different casting parameters, including casting temperature as well as holding time and modifier content, were carried out to investigate the modification effects. The results show that the best modifier content is 1.0 wt.%, and the casting temperature has little effect. In addition, the wear behavior of modified and unmodified ZL107 has been compared. The wear resistance of as-cast ZL107 aluminum alloy can be significantly improved after modification.

  19. On carbide dissolution in an as-cast ASTM F-75 alloy.

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    Caudillo, M; Herrera-Trejo, M; Castro, M R; Ramírez, E; González, C R; Juárez, J I

    2002-02-01

    The solution treatment of an as-cast ASTM F-75 alloy was investigated. Microstructural evolution was followed during thermal processing, in particular with regard to the content and type of carbides formed. To evidence any probable carbide transformations occurring during the heating stage, as well as to clarify their effect on the carbide dissolution kinetics, three heating rates were studied. Image analysis and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for microstructural characterization. For the identification of precipitates, these were electrolytically extracted from the matrix and then analyzed by X-ray diffraction. It was found that the precipitates in the as-cast alloy were constituted by both a M(23)C(6) carbide and a sigma intermetallic phase. The M(23)C(6) carbide was the only phase identified in solution-treated specimens, regardless of the heating rate employed, which indicated that this carbide dissolved directly into the matrix without being transformed first into an M(6)C carbide, as reported in the literature. It was found that the kinetics of dissolution for the M(23)C(6) carbide decreased progressively during the solution treatment, and that it was sensitive to the heating rate, decreasing whenever the latter was decreased. Because the M(23)C(6) carbide was not observed to suffer a phase transformation prior to its dissolution into the matrix, the effect of the heating rate was associated to the morphological change occurred as the specimens were heated. The occurrence of the observed phases was analyzed with the aid of phase diagrams computed for the system Co-Cr-Mo-C.

  20. Network structure and its effects on the strength of Fe-C-Si-Mn alloy castings

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    ZHANG Ding-fei; PENG Jian; XU Xing-zhi

    2004-01-01

    Fe-C-Si-Mn alloy castings used as blades in hydroelectric generators are studied and found to contain network structures after some heat treatments. Castings after annealing and normalizing were analyzed by microscope and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The network formed during annealing was proved by TEM to be pearlite with very fine slices, while that formed during normalizing was proved by TEM and micro-hardness to be martensite or bainite. A theoretical analysis together with experimental studies has proved that the pearlite network is caused by carbon content increase in the interdendritic regions to which carbon atoms transfered from dendritic arms due to lower manganese content there during annealing, while the martensite or bainite network results from the higher hardenability of interdendritic regions where manganese content is higher.Experiments reveal that higher heating temperature or longer heating time enlarges the network size due to manganese homogenization. The network structure has a strengthening function like reinforcing rib, and the smaller the network size, the greater its strengthening capability.