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Thermal analysis as a microstructure prediction tool for A356 aluminium parts solidified under various cooling conditions

Niklas, Andrea and Abaunza, Unai and Fernandez-Calvo, Ana Isabel and Lacaze, Jacques and Suarez, Ramon Thermal analysis as a microstructure prediction tool for A356 aluminium parts solidified under various cooling conditions. (2011) In: 69th World Foundry Congress (WFC), 16-20 Oct 2010, Hangzhou, China .

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Abstract

Thermal analysis technique has been used for a long time, in both ferrous and nonferrous industries for evaluating the metallurgical quality of the liquid metal before casting. However, obtaining a proper microstructure in a standard cup does not ensure that the microstructure is correct in real parts which may solidify at very different cooling rates. For this study, alloy A356 with different metal quality in terms of modification and grain refinement was tested. Different cooling rates were obtained by using cylindrical test samples with various diameters cast in sand and metallic moulds. The correlation between microstructure features such as grain size, modification rate and secondary dendrite arm spacing (SDAS) measured in the standard thermal analysis cup with those obtained in the cylindrical test parts has been investigated. Thus, knowing the thermal modulus and the mould type it is possible to establish the required grain size and modification rate in the standard cup in order to get a desired structure in a real part. Corrective actions can then be taken in order to improve the metallurgical quality before casting the part.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:This paper was published by the Foundry Journal Agency in the Chiny foundry journal, vol. 8 (n° 1). pp.89-95. ISSN 1672-6421.
Audience (journal):Special issue journal
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Other partners > IK4 - Azterlan - Centro de Investigación Metalúrgica (SPAIN)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
Université de Toulouse > Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III - UPS
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Deposited By:Denis Faragou

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