Case Study: Engine Bracket Made by Rheocasting Using the SEED Process
In the context of increasing needs for lightweighting vehicles, semisolid casting of aluminium components is a proven route that can be efficiently applied for automotive parts. Although semisolid forming has not yet reached the market penetration that suits its actual potential, it is currently and efficiently used in many applications around the world on a daily basis. An example of such will be shown. This paper presents a case study on the application of the SEED rheocasting technology for the casting of an engine bracket. The part is made of the widely used AlSi7Mg0.3 alloy and is heat treated in T6 condition to benefit from the enhanced mechanical properties made possible by semi-solid forming. Throughout the development phase, different aspects associated with semisolid casting, such as slurry condition, gate design, mold filling behaviour, lubrication, blistering and others, were addressed successfully. In the final, the combination of the SEED technology with a thorough development process and the specific casting rules for semi-solid forming led to actual commercial production and contributed to weightsaving on the actual part as compared to a former design made from high pressure die casting.
Qiang Zhu, Ahmed Rassili, Stephen P. Midson and Xiao Gang Hu
P. Côté et al., "Case Study: Engine Bracket Made by Rheocasting Using the SEED Process", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 285, pp. 441-445, 2019