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Semi-solid Metals Processing

ABSTRACT
This research will address fundamental technical issues of semi-solid metal processing and contribute to the development of a knowledge base for the commercial sector. The flow of these rheologically complex fluids in shape making operations in a rapid cycle mode is highly unsteady, which significantly influences the overall quality of the final product. In order to develop a better understanding of the process and to optimize the operation, it is important to gain a deeper insight into the underlying theoretical and physical concepts associated with this novel family of thixotropic materials. Process control needs to be based on process understanding; moreover, there is a need for material characterization of SSM processed materials.
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PERFORMING ORGANIZATION
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
CONTACT INFORMATION
Steve Udvardy
North American Die Casting Association
241 Holbrook Drive
Wheeling, IL  60090
website: www.diecasting.org

phone: (847) 279-0001
fax: (847) 279-0002
email: udvardy@diecasting.org

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