Publication: Research - peer-review › Article in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012
An addition of small amounts of Na and Sr is commonly used in the industry to modify the eutectic in Al-Si alloys. Both Na and Sr suppress nucleation of the eutectic forcing nucleation and growth to take place at higher undercooling than in the unmodified material. Thus the scale of the eutectic and the shape of the Si crystals are modified to a fine fibrous form so that the ductility of the material is increased. In the present work a one-dimensional numerical model is proposed that describes nucleation and growth of both primary dendrites and eutectic grains as a function of cooling conditions and modification. The model assumes that dendrites nucleate easily when the liquidus temperature is reached and that they grow as heat is extracted by the mould. Nucleation of the eutectic grains depends on local undercooling and growth is governed by a balance between growth of the eutectic grains and the rate at which heat is extracted by the mould. Experimental data is used to determine constants in the nucleation function. It is shown how cooling conditions and mode of modification influence nucleation and growth conditions.
|Title of host publication||The 3rd International Conference on Advances in Solidification Processes, Rolduc Abbey 2011|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publisher||IOP Publishing Ltd|
|Period||07/06/11 → 10/06/11|
|Name||IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering|
|Citations||Web of Science® Times Cited: 0|
- MATERIALS, METALLURGY, PHYSICS, ALUMINUM-SILICON ALLOYS, EUTECTIC ALLOYS, TEMPERATURE
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