Thixotropy of semisolid metals
AuthorAlexandrou, Andreas N.
Burgos, G. R.
Entov, V. M.
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Place of publicationWarrendale, PA, United States
SourceMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
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Understanding the time-dependent flow behavior of metal alloys in semisolid state is essential for the further development of the process. In the present investigation, the thixotropic behavior of semisolid slurries is modeled using conservation equations and the Herschel-Bulkley fluid model. The rheological parameters are assumed to be functions of the solid volume fraction, and of a structural parameter that changes with processing history. The evolution of the structural parameter is described by a first order kinetic differential equation that relates the rate of build-up and break-down of the solid skeleton. The model is implemented into a computer code to predict die filling.