Preparation and Rheo-Die Casting of Semi-Solid A356 Aluminum Alloy Slurry through a Serpentine Pouring Channel
The semi-solid slurry of A356 aluminum alloy was prepared through a serpentine pouring channel, which is a new method proposed recently for semi-solid forming process, and the effect of pouring temperature and bend number in the channel on the slurry microstructure was investigated and the slurry was finally rheo-die cast. The results show that when the pouring temperatures are between 640oC and 680oC, the slurry of A356 aluminum alloy with spherical primary a-Al grains can be prepared under the given conditions. The more the bend numbers in the channel are, the better the slurry is, i.e. the primary a-Al grains are more spherical and finer. The results also show that the as-cast ultimate strength and elongation of the rheo-die castings can reach 250MPa and 8.613.2% respectively. After T6 heat treatment, the ultimate strength and elongation of the rheo-die castings can reach 320MPa and 8.011.3% respectively. The work undertaken demonstrates eventually that the serpentine pouring channel process is a good method for semi-solid rheo-die casting or rheo-forming of metallic materials, the process is simple and the slurry cost is not expensive.
Heinrich Möller and Gonasagren Govender
W.M. Mao et al., "Preparation and Rheo-Die Casting of Semi-Solid A356 Aluminum Alloy Slurry through a Serpentine Pouring Channel", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 192-193, pp. 404-409, 2013