J. Phys. IV France 120 (2004) 555-562
Fluidized bed heat treatment of aluminum cast componentsD. Apelian and S.K. Chaudhury
Metal Processing Institute, WPI - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA 01609, USA
Heat Treatment and post casting treatments of cast components has always been an important step in the control of microstructure, and resultant properties. In the past, the solutionizing, quenching and ageing process steps may have "required" in total over 20 hours of processing time. With the advent of fluidized bed reactors (FB), processing time has been dramatically reduced. For example, instead of 8-10 hours solutionizing time in a conventional furnace, the time required in FB is less than an hour. Experiments with Al-Si-Mg alloy, (both modified with Sr, and unmodified) were performed, having different diffusion distances (different DAS), and for different reaction times and temperatures. Both the model and the experimental results are presented and discussed.
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