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CastView, is intended to help minimize flow-related filling problems, thermal problems in the die casting die, and solidification-related defects in the cast part. CastView and its intended uses are quite different from typical simulation programs. It is designed to complement numerical simulation by quickly providing the part design team with a limited amount of data relevant to thermal and flow problems in die castings. The analysis is qualitative and provides information based only on the part geometry. Material properties are not required and process details are not required. This enables analysis times of only a few minutes and requires no special expertise to obtain results. CastView addresses thermal issues by allowing the user to locate and display thick and thin sections in the part and thin sections in the die. Thick sections in the part will typically correlate well with the last sections to solidify and with shrinkage porosity. Thin sections in the part may present premature solidification problems or fill problems. Detecting these problems early in the process enables the die caster to negotiate a modification of the part geometry with the part designer to achieve a more castable part.
Ohio State University
Steve Udvardy
North American Die Casting Association
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