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Today, the industrial demands are to reduce product development time as well as costs of producing prototypes. In this context, virtual prototyping by numerical simulation offers an efficient way of lowering costs and shorten lead time. Castings are produced by a manufacturing method which inherently affects the component’s properties depending on design, metallurgy and casting technique. The wall thickness influences the coarseness of the microstructure and the material will have properties depending on the local metallurgical and thermal histories. This is independent on the material, i.e. whether the casting is based on cast iron- or aluminium-alloys. The distribution of local properties in a casting might vary substantially which makes it complex to optimize the casting with good accuracy. Often, mechanical simulations of the load situation are based on the assumption that the cast product has constant material properties throughout the entire casting. Thus, if the microstructure is determined or predicted at a given point, it gives the possibility to calculate the local material behavior more realistically. In the present work, a test case of a complex high-pressure die cast part in an aluminium alloy is considered including simulation of the entire casting process with emphasis on microstructure formation related to mechanical properties such as elastic modulus, yield stress, ultimate strength and elongation as well as residual stresses. Subsequently, the casting is subjected to service loads and the results of this analysis are discussed in relation to the predicted local properties as well as the residual stresses originating from the casting simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModelling of Filling, Microstructure Formation, Local Mechanical Properties and Stress – Strain Development in High-Pressure Die Cast Aluminium Castings
Publication date2009
StatePublished - 2009
EventInternational PhD Foundry Conference - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

Conference

ConferenceInternational PhD Foundry Conference
CityBrno, Czech Republic
Period01/01/2009 → …

    Research areas

  • stress strain, material data, local mechanical properties, Aluminium alloy, high-pressure die casting, filling
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