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Influence of melt pouring temperature and plate inclination on solidification and microstructure of A356 aluminum alloy produced using oblique plate

Kund, NK (2014) Influence of melt pouring temperature and plate inclination on solidification and microstructure of A356 aluminum alloy produced using oblique plate. In: TRANSACTIONS OF NONFERROUS METALS SOCIETY OF CHINA, 24 (11). pp. 3465-3476.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/S1003-6326(14)63490-7

Abstract

The preparation of semisolid slurry of A356 aluminum alloy using an oblique plate was investigated. A356 alloy melt undergoes partial solidification when it flows down on an oblique plate cooled from underneath by counter flowing water. It results in continuous formation of columnar dendrites on plate wall. Due to forced convection, these dendrites are sheared off into equiaxed/fragmented grains and then washed away continuously to produce semisolid slurry at plate exit. Melt pouring temperature provides required condition of solidification whereas plate inclination enables necessary shear for producing semisolid slurry of desired quality. Slurry obtained was solidified in metal mould to produce semisolid-cast billets of desired microstructure. Furthermore, semisolid-cast billets were heat treated to improve surface quality. Microstructures of both semisolid-cast and heat-treated billets were analyzed. Effects of melt pouring temperature and plate inclination on solidification and microstructure of billets produced using oblique plate were described. The investigations involved four different melt pouring temperatures (620, 625, 630 and 635 degrees C) associated with four different plate inclinations (30 degrees, 45 degrees, 60 degrees and 75 degrees). Melt pouring temperature of 625 degrees C with plate inclination of 60 degrees shows fine and globular microstructures and it is the optimum.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: A356 aluminum alloy; semisolid; oblique plate; slurry; melt pouring temperature; plate inclination
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 06:41
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 06:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50732

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