Solid Fraction Determination at the Rigidity Point by Advanced Thermal Analysis
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Solid fraction at the rigidity point
Cast metal alloys
Advanced thermal analysis
The aim of this work is to determine the Solid Fraction (SF) at the rigidity point (FRP) by applying advanced thermal analysis techniques. The variation of the FRP value is important to explain the solidification behavior and the presence or absence of defects in aluminum alloys. As the final alloy composition plays a key role on obtained properties, the influence of major and minor alloying elements on FRP has been studied. A Taguchi design of experiments and a previously developed calculating method, based on the application of high rank derivatives has been employed to determinate first the rigidity point temperature (RPT) and after the corresponding FRP for AlSi10Mg alloys. A correlation factor of r2 of 0.81 was obtained for FRP calculation formula in function of the alloy composition.