Aluminium and magnesium foundry alloys

Lecturer: Prof. Lars Arnberg, NTNU the Norvegian University of Science and Technology

Course summary

The course aims at:

  • Understanding factors important for foundry alloys
    • Freezing temperature, freezing range
  • Understanding casting defects – influence of alloy
    • Feeding – porosity
    • Fluidity
    • Hot tearing
    • Segregation
  • Understanding solidification of Al and Mg foundry alloys
    • Relation to phase diagram
    • Microstructures
  • Understanding properties of foundry alloys
    • Mechanical, corrosion
    • Heat treatment

Prerequisites of the course are the basics of physical metallurgy and basic thermodynamics including phase diagrams.

Some alloys covered in this course: Al-Cu, Al-Si, Al-Mg, Al-Zn, Al-Si-Cu, Al-Si-Mg, creep resistant alloys, hypereutectic alloys.

The total length of the multimedia lectures is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Lectures in this course:

  1. Introduction: Casting processes and casting defects
  2. Solidification microstructure: Development of microstructure during solidification in relation to phase diagram
  3. Aluminium foundry alloys: Different commercial alloy types. Solidification, microstructures, properties
  4. Magnesium foundry alloys: Different commercial alloy types. Solidification, microstructure, properties.

This course is an outcome of the European Community Lifelong Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci project METRO - MEtallurgical TRaining On-line and it is maintained by the TCN Consortium for higher education.

The course is available free of charge: to join the course please do the following:
  1. register to this website, and
  2. follow this link and login.

The METRO project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the Author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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