Smelt conditions assessment in casting processes for specialty metals (e.g. titanium and Tl-alloys) is limited by insufficient measurement techniques due to the extreme process conditions. Advanced measurement and control strategies therefore are not applicable, resulting in reduced quality of casted products. This limits especially the advantages of modern near net shape casting. Sound emission analysis (SEA) was identified as promissing method for indirect temperature analysis, which shall be further developed in the anticipated project to meet requirements of sophisticated melting and casting processes. SEA application in control of smelting processes is completely new. The SME proposers, a small specialist titanium casting shop and a SME manufacturer of SEA systems, therefore want to carry out a Cooperative Research project with suitable RTD performers. The objective is to identify measurement parameters and develop an advanced control system based on SEA, which allows a reproducable control of the smelt state and possibly of the casting process itself.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
4800 DC Breda