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Current State of Semi-Solid Net-Shape Die Casting

Department of Materials Science & Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3J, UK
Metals 2019, 9(12), 1301; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9121301
Received: 7 November 2019 / Revised: 19 November 2019 / Accepted: 25 November 2019 / Published: 2 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Net-Shape Die Casting of Semi-solid Alloys)
Semi-solid processing of alloys is nearing the end of its fifth decade in existence. This promising manufacturing route has undergone a number of changes over the past five decades and apart from certain successful industrial applications, it appeared that it had become a niche technology with limited applications, notably in the automotive and consumer product markets. Nevertheless, despite the strong competition of traditional casting and in particular die-casting processes, and the emergence of Additive Manufacturing (AM), there seems to be a resurgence in demand for Net-Shape Die Casting of Semi-solid alloys as testified by the high numbers of delegates at the 15th SSM Conference at Shenzhen, China in September 2018. What follows is a brief review of the historical development of the process as well as more recent developments with an eye to future prospects. View Full-Text
Keywords: SSM Die-casting (SSMDC); SSM feedstock; SSM applications; thixoforming; non-dendritic microstructures; industrial applications of SSMDC SSM Die-casting (SSMDC); SSM feedstock; SSM applications; thixoforming; non-dendritic microstructures; industrial applications of SSMDC
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Kapranos, P. Current State of Semi-Solid Net-Shape Die Casting. Metals 2019, 9, 1301.

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