ESI will speak at CastExpo’10 in Orlando, Florida

18 March 2010
Paris, France
The four presentations will cover the latest advancements in metal casting simulation research and practice

CastExpo’10, sponsored by the American Foundry Society (AFS) and the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), is the largest trade show and exposition in North America for metal casters. It will be held on March 20 to 23 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

The largest trade show and exposition in North America for metal casters

The presentations, given by ESI, will cover four different facets of metal casting simulation and will be given during the diverse congress technical sessions throughout the 3-day event by Sam Scott, ESI’s Casting Lead Engineer.

1. The first paper entitled ‘Transition to No-Lead Copper’ will be presented on Saturday, March 20 at 2pm during the ‘Copper Alloy’ session - S320C.

During the “Copper Alloy” session, in addition to ESI’s presentation on re-engineering with solidification modeling, two foundries will present case studies of their use of solidification modeling to ease their transition from leaded to non-leaded alloys.

2. The second paper entitled ‘Core Blowing Simulation’ will be presented on Sunday, March 21 at 3:45pm during the ‘Engineering’ session - S320C.

As casting knowledge continues to expand, the percentage of scrap due to mold preparation will continue to increase, establishing a need to understand the creation of the mold components. ESI’s QuikCAST numerical simulation software provides a tool for understanding and predicting the core blowing process. By treating the sand injection as a non-Newtonian flow, much insight is gained into the core manufacturing process, allowing engineers to properly design the core box, venting locations and sizes, and injection pressures. The paper discusses the analysis methodology and trials of two very different cores with experimental validations.

3. The third paper entitled ‘Aluminum Microstructure/Heat Treatment’ will be presented on Monday, March 22 at 8:30am during the ‘Aluminum’ session - S320B.

A comprehensive numerical model has been developed for the calculation of the final microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminum casting alloys after heat treatment. After specifying the alloy chemical composition, solidification process, and heat treatment parameters, the model predicts the microstructure and potential defects through various stages of the component lifecycle: casting, solid solution heat treatment, and artificial aging. The calculation is chained such that the resultant microstructure of the previous event, such as casting, is used as the initial condition of the following event, ensuring the tracking of the component history and maintaining a high level of accuracy across metallurgical stages.

4. The fourth paper entitled ‘HPDC Optimization’ will be presented on Monday, March 22 at 2pm during the ‘Die Casting’ session - S320E.

HPDC foundries currently rely on experience, trial-and-error or computer simulation to help determine working process parameters for manufacturing their cast parts. However, a “working” process is not necessarily the “ideal” process. Casting parameters such as cycle time, shot profile, cooling line temperature and flow rate, and spray thickness may be optimized to determine a robust process with maximum productivity. In this paper, ESI’s casting simulation software ProCAST is used to demonstrate new functionality which automatically optimizes the casting process parameters. The demonstration utilizes a legacy casting design, simulates the casting process used at the foundry, and then automatically optimizes the casting process by varying fast shot speed, cycle time, cooling and spraying parameters within a given “realistic” process window, with a goal of producing a quality part in a minimum cycle time.

Delegates will also be able to find out more about ESI’s Casting solutions by visiting ESI’s booth #1413 in the exhibition area.

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