Impact of buoyancy on the growth of equiaxed grains in Al–Cu
Source: International Journal of Cast Metals Research, Volume 22, Numbers 1-4, August 2009 , pp. 51-53(3)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Equiaxed dendritic growth in grain refined Al–Cu (15, 20, 25 wt-%Cu) has been studied in-situ during directional solidification by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray video microscopy. At these compositions, the ?-Al grains have a lower density than the surrounding melt and experience buoyant forces which affect their growth rates and morphologies. A model has been derived, based on Scheil conditions to account for solute transport across the solid-liquid interface, and a spherical envelope approximation to the dendrite morphology in order to simplify both the interface geometry of the growing crystals and the Stokes drag exerted upon them during motion. The model was compared with experimental results to evaluate its present merits and to devise possible routes for further improvement and development.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Materials Technology, NTNU, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Department of Physics, NTNU, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway, E-408, Alfred Getzv. 2, Institutt for materialteknologi, 7491 TRONDHEIM, Norway 3: Department of Materials Technology, NTNU, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Publication date: 2009-08-01
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