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Influence of SiC particles size and undercooling on AZ91 based composite heterogeneous nucleation model parameters

1 Department of Foundry Processes Engineering, Faculty of Foundry Engineering, AGH University of Science and Technology, 23 Reymonta St., 30-059 Krakow, Poland
2 Chair of Casting Research, Faculty of Metallurgy, University of Leoben, 18 Franz-Josef-Strasse, 8700 Leoben, Austria

World Journal of Engineering

ISSN: 1708-5284

Article publication date: 14 September 2011



The aim of this paper was to determine fitting parameters in grain density of the magnesium primary phase function in AZ91/SiC composite heterogeneous nucleation model. Nucleation models have parameters, which exact values are usually not known and sometimes even their physical meaning is under discussion. Those parameters can be obtained after statistical analyze of the experimental data. Specimens of fourteen different composites were prepared. The matrix of the composite was AZ91 and the reinforcement was SiC particles. The specimens differs in SiC particles size (10 μm, 40 μm, 76 μm) and content (0 wt.%, 0.1 wt.%, 0.5 wt.%, 2 wt.%, 3.5 wt.%). They were taken from the region near to the thermocouple, to analyze the undercooling for different composites and its influence on the grain size. The specimens were polished and etched. The mean grain size for each specimen was measured. Specific undercooling for each composite was found from characteristic points on cooling rate curve. Microstructure and thermal analyze gave set of values that connect SiC particles content, their size and alloy undercooling with grain size. Those values were used to approximate nucleation model adjustment parameters. Obtained model can be very useful in modelling composites microstructure.



Zak, P., Lelito, J., Suchy, J., Krajewski, W., Haberl, K. and Schumacher, P. (2011), "Influence of SiC particles size and undercooling on AZ91 based composite heterogeneous nucleation model parameters", World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 277-282.



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