Near-Net-Shape Casting of Steel - The Belt Casting Technology
The production of value added products made of high-alloyed Mn-, Al-, Si-steel grades is coupled to the casting technology. Conventional casting technologies will not fulfill the requirements concerning interaction between steel and casting flux as well as guiding as cast material without stress. Mechanical engineers are invited for further developments in the field of near-net-shape casting technologies to meet above mentioned demands. The Belt Casting Technology seems to be the answer but has to document the potential for an industrial standard process. The main process characteristics of the casting machine are high casting speed, moving mould consisting of a conveyor belt and side dams, complete inertisation and horizontal material flow. The process is already common at the nonferrous metal industry. A labo-ratory caster for steel is located at Clausthal University of Technology.
T. Chandra, N. Wanderka, W. Reimers , M. Ionescu
J. Wans et al., "Near-Net-Shape Casting of Steel - The Belt Casting Technology", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 638-642, pp. 3634-3639, 2010