Fabrication of Rheological Material by Rotating Gas Bubble Stirring
A rotating gas bubble stirring technique with specially designed equipment has been developed for the production of light alloy semi-solid slurry. The equipment was specially designed to have temperature, rotation speed and gas flow rate control functions. An Al-Si aluminum alloy was applied as the experimental material. The results showed that large volume of semi-solid slurry could be achieved with the actual stirring temperature of 4 °C to 20 °C below the liquidus temperature of the alloy, and the rotation speed of 195 r/min, and the gas flow rate of 2 L/min. A strong convection and weak stirring effect which was induced by the rotating gas bubbles in the melt was founded responsible for the formation of the semi-solid slurry.
Zhong Cao, Xueqiang Cao, Lixian Sun, Yinghe He
L. Zhang et al., "Fabrication of Rheological Material by Rotating Gas Bubble Stirring", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 239-242, pp. 1573-1576, 2011