Aluminum Science and Technology
Semisolid Metal Casting
Semisolid casting is a near-net shape manufacturing process capable of producing thick- and thin-walled complex-shaped components having excellent mechanical and functional performance. This article begins with a discussion on the history of semisolid processing and the advantages claimed for semisolid casting. It describes the four notable processes used to produce semisolid castings: thixocasting, rheocasting, thixomolding, and wrought processes. Most commercial aluminum semisolid casters use either thixocasting or rheocasting. The article discusses the die design, process conditions, and simulation for semisolid casting. It concludes with a review of several components produced by each of the various semisolid casting processes.
Stephen P. Midson, Semisolid Metal Casting, Aluminum Science and Technology, Vol 2A, ASM Handbook, Edited By Kevin Anderson, John Weritz, J. Gilbert Kaufman, ASM International, 2018, p 400–408, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v02a.a0006498
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