A Historical Review of the Developments in Casthouse Technology and a Peek into the Future
Over the past thirty (30) years or so aluminium casthouse technology has been driven by a number of factors which have variously included: • Competition from alternative materials • Lightweighting • Market requirements for enhanced properties affecting gas levels, impurities, inclusions, physical and chemical properties, ease of downstream processing, reduced cost and improved delivery • Reduction in conversion cost by various means including capacity creep, maximising asset utilization, minimizing scrap, reducing melt loss, labour, and energy costs • The ever present need for improved safety performance. This paper will explore how these, and related considerations have provided the stimulus for improved casthouse technology which has included developments in hardware, software and culture.
J. A. Taylor, J. F. Grandfield, A. Prasad
P. Whiteley "A Historical Review of the Developments in Casthouse Technology and a Peek into the Future ", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 630, pp. 3-8, 2010