Tilt Pour

In tilt pour casting, the metal is poured into a holding cup while the mold is in its horizontal position. Then, with a preset cycle time, the casting machine raises to a vertical position, allowing the metal to enter the die cavity at a slow, continuous pour rate. The tilt-pour method is a good choice for general casting purposes because of its feed/gate flexibility which allows for a wide variety of casting shapes.

Temperature profile during a tilt pour filling cycle

In this example, a simulation of a tilt pour process was performed on an aluminum coupler cable run to cable tap to ensure part integrity and surface quality. The time it takes to complete the tilting rotation is important. The rotation rate can be easily modified in FLOW-3D CAST allowing the user to optimize this speed: too fast and air will be entrained into the flow, too slow and there will be more surface defects. The temperature profile is visualized by setting the maximum and minimum graph values as the liquidus and solidus temperatures, respectively. Here, the part is halfway filled and the metal temperature is not near its solidus temperature so there will be no early solidification.

Tilt pour casting simulation
Simulation of the tilt pour process using FLOW-3D CAST.

Tilt pour casting simulations

Lightweight aluminum parts used in water sports rafting equipment require high-quality finish and are cast to be ideally devoid of surface and entrained defects. This simulation of the tilt pour casting process shows potential regions of trapped surface oxides and entrained air through the filling process. Knowing the movement of these defects helps metal casters design better gating, runners and risers to eliminate defects within the casting. FLOW-3D CAST can be used to simulate complex tilting sequences and angular acceleration/decelerations of the die through its proprietary 6 DOF moving capability.

Predicting metal casting defects

Surface oxide and entrained air defects in a tilt pour casting

Visualizing non-inertial reference frame motion

Tilt pour casting with non-inertial reference frame motion on the left and stationary motion on the right

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