Special Issue "Optimization of Industrial Casting Processes"

A special issue of Metals (ISSN 2075-4701).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Steve Cockcroft

Univ British Columbia, Dept Mat Engn, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9, Canada
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Interests: Physical phenomena in non-ferrous casting: hot tearing; Continuous Casting, EB Melting and Refining, Vaccuum Casting; Finite element-based heat flow and stress codes; Optimization of industrial casting processes; Mathematical modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Casting processes have seen continuous technological development for close to 5000 years, largely through a process of trial-and-error improvement. While modern casting is a sophisticated, technologically-advanced process capable of producing high quality parts economically, there remain significant opportunities for the optimization of the existing technologies.

In the context of casting technology, and for a given alloy chemistry, optimization may be thought of as obtaining a desired design objective(s) through manipulation of the process parameters and/or altering the geometry of the mould system.  The design objective may include for example, elimination of shrinkage porosity above a certain size threshold, minimization of the overall solidification time, achieving a target secondary dendrite arm spacing at a given location, or minimization the metal contained within the feeding system (process scrap).

Given the sophisticated state of the commercial solidification software now available, and the availability of significant computational resources at reasonable cost, we are starting to see an increase in the application of numerical optimization methodologies to casting processes, both from the commercial software vendors and from academia.  The ability to optimize industrial casting processes at scale represents a formidable challenge, requiring highly accurate simulation capabilities, fast simulation capabilities, effective optimization algorithms, and the identification of suitable process objective functions and design constraints.

This Special Issue aims to present some of the latest research devoted to exploring the application of numerical optimization methodologies to casting. Suitable subjects include, but are not limited to, optimization algorithms and their application to example casting problems, case studies in process parameter optimization, case studies in geometry optimization, advances in cooling or heating technologies and their optimization in casting processes and objective functions and design constraints in casting optimization problems.

Prof. Dr. Steve Cockcroft
Guest Editor

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  • Casting Technology
  • Casting Optimization
  • Numerical Optimization
  • Casting Simulation
  • Process Optimization
  • Geometry Optimization

Published Papers

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