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Principles of Solidification

  • Francisco C. Robles Hernandez
  • Jose Martin Herrera Ramírez
  • Robert Mackay


This chapter reviews the fundamental aspects of alloy solidification and the various features that are measured or characterized to assess cast structure quality and solidification rate. Also reviewed are the different phases, from primary α-Al dendrites to secondary phase such as primary Si platelet, Fe-bearing phases, and Al2Cu and Mg2Si phases. Finally, the conditions for stable pore nucleation are also reviewed.


ASTM AA Solidification sequence Dendrite coarsening Si phase growth Si modification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco C. Robles Hernandez
    • 1
  • Jose Martin Herrera Ramírez
    • 2
  • Robert Mackay
    • 3
  1. 1.College of TechnologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación en Materiales AvanzadosChihuahuaMexico
  3. 3.Metallurgical & Heat TreatmentNemak US/Canada Business UnitWindsorCanada

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