Thermo-mechanical Behavior Analysis of Pressure Infiltration Casting Process for Manufacturing Open-cell Metal Foam
Advanced Materials Research
Pressure infiltration casting technique is widely used to manufacture open-cell metal foam and it has been well performed in manufacture practice in our research group. In the present study, an attempt is made to highlight the influence of the infiltration casting process on the physical structure of metal foam. According to the production practice, several parameters: the pressure difference, the temperature condition, the particle size and the mould dimension, need to be well considered. A 2D model coupling porous zone and multiphase is created with a fixed grid. The cooling and solidifying process of molten metal are as well carried out with enthalpy method. Reasonable convergence rules are used to proceed high quality calculations. This work provides excellent experimental and numerical comprehension of pressure infiltration casing process to manufacture open-cell metal foam. These understandings can well guide and optimize the product manufacture, the physical structure and the mechanical behaviors of open-cell metal foams within their industrial application.