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Energy-Efficient Casting Processes

  • Emanuele Pagone
  • Konstantinos Salonitis
  • Mark Jolly
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Part of the Materials Forming, Machining and Tribology book series (MFMT)

Abstract

Metal casting is one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing processes that have developed along the evolution of mankind. Although nowadays its scientific and technological aspects are well established, in the context of future resource scarcity and environmental pollution pressures, new studies appear necessary to describe the “foundry of the future” where energy and material efficiency are of great importance to guarantee competitiveness alongside environmental protection. In this chapter, both managerial and technical good practices aimed at implementing energy-efficient casting processes are presented alongside a few examples. The “Small is Beautiful” philosophy is presented as a systematic approach towards energy resilient manufacturing and, potentially, sustainability in the long term. Thus, this chapter aims at providing an overview of the different aspects comprising the state of the art in the industry and examples of research themes in academia about energy-efficient casting processes.

Keywords

Casting Foundry Sustainability Energy efficiency 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the UK EPSRC projects “Small is Beautiful” (EP/M013863/1) and “Energy Resilient Manufacturing 2: Small is Beautiful Phase 2 (SIB2)” (EP/P012272/1) for the support of this work. All data are provided in full.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emanuele Pagone
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Salonitis
    • 1
  • Mark Jolly
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Aerospace Transport and ManufacturingSustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre, Cranfield UniversityCranfieldUK

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