Dendrite Fragmentation in Semisolid Casting: Could we Do this Better?
A summary is given of the history of our understanding of dendrite coarsening, including particularly fragmentation. Much is now understood about this process as it takes place in directional solidification of a quiescent melt. Much less is understood about it in the rapidly cooled, turbulent environment of semi-solid casting. The importance of dendrite fragmentation in semi-solid processing is that it is key to obtaining fine final grain size, grain spheroidicity and rapid production rate. I have chosen in this keynote paper to talk about the fundamentals of an important part of the semisolid casting process ... that of “dendrite fragmentation.” The paper is written with an eye to its possible practical usefulness to researchers in process innovation. If we understood the dendrite fragmentation mechanism better, could we achieve finer, more numerous, grains than we do now? Could fully non dendritic structures be obtained industrially in short processing times?
Qiang Zhu, Ahmed Rassili, Stephen P. Midson and Xiao Gang Hu
M. C. Flemings, "Dendrite Fragmentation in Semisolid Casting: Could we Do this Better?", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 285, pp. 3-11, 2019