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Scaling Analysis of Solidification of Liquid Aluminum Alloy Flowing on Cooling Slope

Kund, NK and Dutta, P (2012) Scaling Analysis of Solidification of Liquid Aluminum Alloy Flowing on Cooling Slope. In: TRANSACTIONS OF THE INDIAN INSTITUTE OF METALS, 65 (6, SI). pp. 587-594.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12666-012-0177-y

Abstract

Among all methods of metal alloy slurry preparation, the cooling slope method is the simplest in terms of design and process control. The method involves pouring of the melt from top, down an oblique and channel shaped plate cooled from bottom by counter flowing water. The melt, while flowing down, partially solidifies and forms columnar dendrites on plate wall. These dendrites are broken into equiaxed grains and are washed away with melt. The melt, together with the equiaxed grains, forms semisolid slurry collected at the slope exit and cast into billets having non-dendritic microstructure. The final microstructure depends on several process parameters such as slope angle, slope length, pouring superheat, and cooling rate. The present work involves scaling analysis of conservation equations of momentum, energy and species for the melt flow down a cooling slope. The main purpose of the scaling analysis is to obtain a physical insight into the role and relative importance of each parameter in influencing the final microstructure. For assessing the scaling analysis, the trends predicted by scaling are compared against corresponding numerical results using an enthalpy based solidification model with incorporation of solid phase movement.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to SPRINGER INDIA,NEW DELH
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2012 05:25
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2012 05:25
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45454

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