Lost Foam Casting: Modeling Solidification
Simulating the solidification process aids in predicting and controlling defects such as segregation and micro- and macro-porosity which, in turn, affect the mechanical properties of the cast product. The image shown is from a simulation of the solidification of an aluminum V-6 engine block cast using the lost foam process. The figure shows the location of shrinkage porosity after solidification.
Engine Block Solidification