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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