Centrifugal casting of complex geometries: Computational modelling and validation experiments

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  • Swansea University
  • Rolls Royce PLC


Centrifugal casting offers one route through to high quality products in difficult to cast high temperature low superheat alloys. The coupling of free surface flows and complex rotating geometries, results in significant centrifugal forces; combined with rapid heat transfer and solidification this yields a significant computational modelling challenge. The objective of the work reported here is to develop a comprehensive computational model of centrifugal casting that can reliably predict the macro-defects that arise from the process. In this contribution we describe: The development of the computational model yielding simulations which involve of the order of a million elements with thousands of time steps on large parallel clusters Experimental data to validate the model, and The configuration of a full scale computational model capturing all the important macro- phenomena.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJim Evans honorary symposium
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the symposium sponsored by the Light Metals Division of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) : held during TMS 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Seattle, Washington, USA, February 14-18, 2010
EditorsBen Q. Li
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventJim Evans Honorary Symposium - TMS 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibition - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 14 Feb 201018 Feb 2010


ConferenceJim Evans Honorary Symposium - TMS 2010 Annual Meeting and Exhibition
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA


  • Centrifugal casting, Computational modelling, Free-surface flows