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On the dissolution Process of Manganese and Iron in Molten Aluminum
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3622-4247
2019 (English)In: Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. A, ISSN 1073-5623, E-ISSN 1543-1940, Vol. 50, no 4, p. 1873-1887Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The dissolution of Mn and Fe in liquid Al presents a challenge due to their high melting points and low diffusivity. A literature review reveals that the existing knowledge of the processes involved in the dissolution of both Fe and Mn in liquid Al is rather ambiguous. Thus, this work aimed to obtain more detailed insights into the dissolution behavior of Mn and Fe in various Al melts. The results of the Mn dissolution tests showed that three intermediate phases were involved in the dissolution process, all of which exhibited a smooth interface between Mn and the liquid. These three phases were identified as the γ2, Al11Mn4, and µ phases which grow slowly, penetrating the Mn particles. The results of the Fe dissolution tests showed that in pure Al, the Al5Fe2 phase dominates the dissolution process and penetrates the Fe particles. The addition of Ti into the molten Al alters the intermetallic compound formation by replacing Al5Fe2 by Al2Fe. The addition of Si significantly inhibited the Fe dissolution kinetics. A theoretical approach based on Ficks’ law was used to explain the experimentally obtained Mn and Fe dissolution rates. It showed that the surface area and shape of the additives significantly affected the dissolution processes.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 50, no 4, p. 1873-1887
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35502DOI: 10.1007/s11661-019-05120-4ISI: 000459814000026Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060143392OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-35502DiVA, id: diva2:1281185
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Problems in the Aluminium DC Casting Process Associated with Melt Treatment Operations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Problems in the Aluminium DC Casting Process Associated with Melt Treatment Operations
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The quality of DC cast Al alloys is highly dependent on melt batch composition and impurity level in the molten alloy. The chemical composition and cleanliness of a melt is controlled through the melt treatment operations, carried out while the melt is still in the furnace before casting starts. The present work has studied some of these operations and associated problems such as slow dissolution of alloying elements, non-reproducibility in chemical composition analysis and inclusions.

 The results of the dissolution of the alloy elements Mn and Fe showed different behaviors.  For Mn three intermediate phases were involved, all of which exhibited a smooth interface between Mn and the liquid. These three phases were identified as the γ2, Al11Mn4, and µ phases, which grow slowly towards the dissolving Mn particles. The results from the Fe dissolution revealed that only one phase dominates the process, Al5Fe2, which penetrates the Fe particles with an irregular interface.

The interaction between Mn and Ti additions to AA3003 alloys and consequences for the solidification and precipitation behavior was investigated. The study could map the limits for formation of an earlier unknown AlMnTi phase, which formed large particles, detrimental for subsequent rolling operations.

Different sampling procedures for chemical composition analysis were studied, and a novel approach was proposed. A mould with an insulated periphery provided one-dimensional solidification, which gave compositions close to nominal.

 Inclusion distributions along as-cast billets were studied as a function of different holding times, and thus different grades of sedimentation. Holding times longer than 30 minutes did not show any improvements.  It was also shown that if melt remaining in the furnace at end of casting is less than about 3000 kg, the sedimented inclusions are stirred into the bulk again, and can enter into the end of the billet.

The impact on hot tearing susceptibility of different Cu and Fe contents for AA3000 alloys was studied. Cu contents in a range from 0.3 to 1.2 wt%  significantly increase the hot tearing tendency, which was attributed to bad feeding at end of solidification. Decreasing of the Fe content below 0.2 wt%, gives a strong cracking tendency, owing to decreased precipitations of the Al6(Mn,Fe) phase, which contributes to early bridging and thus reinforcement between grains.

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Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2019. p. 67
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Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 294
National Category
Materials Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35937 (URN)978-91-88527-89-9 (ISBN)
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2019-04-25, M102, Holmgatan 10, Sundsvall, 13:00 (English)
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Vid tidpunkten för disputationen var följande delarbeten opublicerade: delarbete 6 (inskickat).

At the time of the doctoral defence the following papers were unpublished: paper 6 (submitted).

Available from: 2019-04-04 Created: 2019-04-03 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved

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