Special Issue "Casting and Solidification Processing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Paolo Ferro
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Guest Editor
Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
Interests: welding; casting; heat treatment; modeling; additive manufacturing; microstructure; mechanical properties
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Dear Colleagues,

Casting is one of the most important shaping processes largely used and consolidated throughout the world to produce near-net-shaping parts. The advantages compared to other manufacturing processes are evident: relative low production cost and time, high ranges of thicknesses and masses allowed, possibility to shape alloys that are only castable (cast iron or certain light alloys), highly adaptability to the requirements of mass production and last, but not least, the excellent bearing quality of the casted parts. However, all these advantages could be lost if the process parameters are not correctly calibrated to obtain near defect-free casting components. In most foundries, such parameter calibration is entrusted to experience rather than real knowledge of the rules governing the solidification phenomena. A comprehensive understanding of those rules is still unknown to the academic world and represents a formidable challenge. This Special Issue will collect recent research works about casting and solidification processing in order to give the reader an overview of the actual knowledge about casting phenomena. Papers dealing with, experimental, theoretical, and numerical analyses of casting and solidification processing are welcome.

I was asked by the Journal Metals to be the Guest Editor for a Special Issue devoted to “Casting and Solidification Processing”. Given your expertise in the field, I would like to invite you to submit a manuscript to be considered for inclusion in the Special Issue. If you would like to accept this invitation, please inform me accordingly by February 15, 2020. The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is 30 October 2020. Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s web platform. There will be a slot activated for the Special Issue “Casting and Solidification Processing”. Please do not forget to “tick” the correct box accordingly. The manuscripts will undergo the standard review process of the journal and will be judged exclusively based on their scientific content.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Prof. Dr. Paolo Ferro
Guest Editor

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  • Microstructure
  • Solidification
  • Defect
  • Modeling
  • Casting processes

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Minimising Defect Formation in Sand Casting of Sheet Lead: A DoE Approach
Metals 2020, 10(2), 252; https://doi.org/10.3390/met10020252 - 13 Feb 2020
Sand casting of lead sheet is a traditional manufacturing process used up to the present due to the special features of sand cast sheet such as their attractive sheen. Similarly to any casting process, sand casting of lead sheet suffers from the presence [...] Read more.
Sand casting of lead sheet is a traditional manufacturing process used up to the present due to the special features of sand cast sheet such as their attractive sheen. Similarly to any casting process, sand casting of lead sheet suffers from the presence of surface defects. In this study, a surface defect type, hereby referred to as ‘grooves’, has been investigated. The focus has been laid on the identification of the main factors affecting defect formation in this process. Based on a set of screening experiments performed using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) as well as the existing literature, a number of factors affecting the formation of such defects was identified and their corresponding significance was estimated using the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) technique. The obtained results suggest that the most significant factor affecting defect formation in sand casting of lead sheet is the composition of the moulding mixture. Defect formation was also proven to be dependent on the sand grain fineness, the quality of the melt and some of the interactions between the aforementioned process parameters. Finally, an optimal set of process parameters leading to the minimisation of surface defects was identified. Full article
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