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Title: Melt conditioning by advanced shear technology (MCAST) for refining solidification microstructures
Authors: Fan, Z
Xia, M
Zhang, H
Liu, G
Patel, JB
Bian, Z
Bayandorian, I
Wang, Y
Li, HT
Scamans, GM
Keywords: Melt conditioning; nucleation control; solidification; grain refinement
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Maney
Citation: International Journal of Cast Metals Research. In press
Abstract: MCAST (melt conditioning by advanced shear technology) is a novel processing technology developed recently by BCAST at Brunel University for conditioning liquid metal prior to solidification processing. The MCAST process uses a twin screw mechanism to impose a high shear rate and a high intensity of turbulence to the liquid metal, so that the conditioned liquid metal has uniform temperature, uniform chemical composition and well-dispersed and completely wetted oxide particles with a fine size and a narrow size distribution. The microstructural refinement is achieved through an enhanced heterogeneous nucleation rate and an increased nuclei survival rate during the subsequent solidification processing. In this paper we present the MCAST process and its applications for microstructural refinement in both shape casting and continuous casting of light alloys.
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Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST)

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