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dc.contributor.author Moller, H
dc.contributor.author Govender, G
dc.contributor.author Stumpf, WE
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-05T11:31:50Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-05T11:31:50Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Moller, H, Govender, G and Stumpf, WE. 2008. T6 heat treatment of semi-solid metal processed alloy A356. Open Materials Science Journal, Vol. 2008(2), pp 6-10 en
dc.identifier.issn 1874-088X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3720
dc.description This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Bentham Science Publishers for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in the Open Materials Science Journal, Vol. 2008(2), pp 6-10 en
dc.description.abstract Semi-solid metal (SSM) processing is a unique manufacturing method to produce near-net shape products for various industrial applications. The aim is to obtain a semi-solid structure free of dendrites (which are formed by conventional liquid casting), with the solid present as nearly a spherical form as possible. This semi-solid mixture (like a gel, or toothpaste) flows homogeneously, behaving as a thixotropic fluid with viscosity depending on shear rate and fraction solid. There are two different SSM processes: thixocasting and rheocasting. With thixocasting, a specially prepared billet of solid material with a globular microstructure is reheated into the semi-solid range and formed. Rheocasting involves preparation of a SSM slurry directly from the liquid, followed by a forming process such as high pressure die casting (HPDC). The increased costs associated with thixocasting (recycling of thixocast scrap and the necessity of an outside manufacturer for billet production) have resulted in rheocasting becoming the preferred semi-solid process. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Bentham Science Publishers en
dc.subject Alloy A356 en
dc.subject T6 heat treatment en
dc.subject Rheocasting en
dc.subject Arrhenius-type equations en
dc.subject Semi-solid metal en
dc.subject Thixocasting en
dc.subject Materials science en
dc.title T6 heat treatment of semi-solid metal processed alloy A356 en
dc.type Article en


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