A model of inclusion behaviour in liquid aluminium

D. J. Burnard, W. D. Griffiths

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Inclusions in castings are particularly damaging as crack initiators, causing failure in service. It is therefore desirable to attempt to remove them prior to their entry into the casting. In this work the behaviour of inclusions was studied using a computer simulation to predict the movement of particles in flowing liquid metal. The computer simulation was created by a combination of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Discrete Element Modelling (DEM), to try to predict the agglomeration characteristics of inclusions in liquid Al alloy in a launder system. The model was tailored to simulate dispersed particles in a fluid, where particle collisions with each other and with side walls are significant. The launder model had a wall or baffle placed along its length to investigate its effect on trapping inclusions, results from the model showing particle distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Science Forum
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event6th International Light Metals Technology Conference, LMT 2013 - Old Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
ISSN (Print)02555476


Conference6th International Light Metals Technology Conference, LMT 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityOld Windsor


  • CFD
  • DEM
  • Inclusions
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials


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