PAM-CAST software for improved casting simulations

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 1 February 2000




(2000), "PAM-CAST software for improved casting simulations", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 72 No. 1.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

PAM-CAST software for improved casting simulations

Keywords ESI Group, Software, Simulation, Costing

ESI Group, a provider of virtual prototyping solutions, has launched PAM-CAST, a new casting simulation software package (Plate 6). Based on SIMULOR, a software designed by Aluminium Pechiney's foundry engineers, PAM-CAST uses Finite Element Volume Analysis technology to capture the physics of the complex process, and is said to allow users to simulate the entire casting process, from filling to solidification. PAM-CAST provides metal front and temperature visualisation throughout the filling phase. It is also reported to detect temperature evolution and potential defects during solidification. An optional additional module predicts porosity defect locations.

Plate 6 PAM-CAST, the new casting simulation software package from ESI Group

With its thixocasting option, PAM-CAST has, according to ESI, proven to be highly successful within the semisolid modelling industry for aluminium and other metallurgies. This validated and world-renowned code has opened the doors to many casting companies for predictive analysis and product development, which ultimately speeds the product to market.

PAM-CAST is reported to be used every day by foundry people in a wide variety of casting processes such as gravity to high pressure die casting, sand and permanent mould applications, cast iron, steel, aluminium, and thixotropic materials.

PAM-CAST has benefited many companies. While Hitachi Metal and Yamaha Fine Tech use it for semi-solid casting processes, Peugeot (PSA) and Montupet concentrate on more standard gravity and low pressure processes, sand casting, gravity casting, low and high pressure die casting, and thixocasting.

It is also believed to be ideally suited to the aeronautical, railway, and consumer appliance industries, and is also used by aluminium and steel manufacturers, such as Aluminium Pechiney.

Details available from: Virtual Prototyping Solutions Ltd. Tel: +44 (0)1525 853188; Fax: +44 (0)1525 853192; e-mail:

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