Effect of casting parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of squeeze cast A380 aluminum die cast alloy


LUŞ H. M.

KOVOVE MATERIALY-METALLIC MATERIALS, vol.50, no.4, pp.243-250, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.4149/km_2012_4_243
  • Title of Journal : KOVOVE MATERIALY-METALLIC MATERIALS
  • Page Numbers: pp.243-250

Abstract

A380 Al-Si-Cu die casting alloy is the most common of all die casting Al alloys and is used especially in the automotive industry due to the best combination of utility and cost. A high percentage of these components are produced by a high pressure die casting process; however, the quality and performance of these components need to be improved. Therefore, different approaches to component-making have been introduced such as semi-solid forming or squeeze casting over the last four decades. In the present study, direct squeeze casting of A380 alloy as a function of applied pressure was investigated. Applied pressures from 10 MPa to 50 MPa were considered and compared with gravity die cast samples. SDAS values ranging from 5.70 mu m to 10 mu m have been obtained by squeeze casting whereas 13.70 mu m was found in gravity die casting. Density measurements and mechanical tests show us that the porosity level and presence of micro-voids were greatly decreased with increasing pressure while ultimate tensile strength and elongation increased in squeeze cast parts.