Solidification in the Presence of a Third Phase

  • Doru Michael Stefanescu


In the mathematical treatment of microstructure evolution presented so far, only two phases were considered, solid and liquid. However, casting alloys often exhibit inclusions that degrade their mechanical properties. The solid, liquid or gaseous inclusions, that constitute a third phase, can considerably affect solidification morphology. In turn, solidification conditions influence the size and distributions of these inclusions. This chapter will describe two of the most significant phenomena related to the interaction between inclusions and the solidification front, interaction of solid particles with the S/L interface and micro-shrinkage formation.


Critical Velocity Interface Force Solidification Velocity Thermal Conductivity Ratio Dendrite Coherency 
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  • Doru Michael Stefanescu
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  1. 1.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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