The biggest challenge in semisolid processing of high-performance aluminum alloys is the narrow temperature processing windows of these alloys, and as a result, the preparation of qualified semisolid slurries is very important. High solid fraction slurries of high-strength A201 alloy were prepared by the Swirled Enthalpy Equilibration Device (SEED) process. The cooling behavior and microstructures of the A201 slurries produced by the standard, as well as a modified, SEED process were investigated. The results show that qualified A201 slurry can be produced by decreasing the pouring temperature and controlling the processing time in the SEED process. The modified SEED process significantly reduced the radial temperature gradient of the melt, due to the slow cooling rates involved, with the resulting slurries being more uniform, with more spherical microstructures, as compared to those produced by the standard SEED process. The formation of the nondendritic grain structure in the SEED process is attributed to the uniformly distributed large number of nuclei within the melt and the slow cooling of the melt in the containing crucible.
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