Numerical Modeling of the Influence of Nanometric Ceramic Particles on the Nucleation of AlSi10MnMg Alloy
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In recent years, many researchers have attempted to model the solidification process of nano-reinforced materials. In the present document, the effect on the heterogeneous solidification regime of the different sizes, shapes, and chemical compositions of nanometric ceramic particles in an AlSi10MnMg alloy is studied. This article develops a mathematical model to predict the solidification behavior of a general nano-reinforced alloy, then validates the results using experimental techniques. The main objective of the model is to minimize the costly and time-consuming experimental process of fabricating nano-reinforced alloys. The proposed model predicts the critical Gibbs energy and the critical radius required for nucleation in the heterogeneous solidification regime. Conversely, the experimental part focuses on understanding the solidification process from the differential thermal analysis (DTA) of the solidification curves. It was concluded that if subcooling is involved, cubic and ...