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For a wide range of new or better products, solidification processing of metallic materials from the melt is a step of uppermost importance in the industrial production chain. This article discusses the casting and solidification of molten metallic alloy along with the application of low-gravity platforms and facilities for solidification processing. It provides a description of dendritic growth studies and electromagnetic levitation. The article concludes with information on the in situ and real-time monitoring of solidification processing.

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Hans J. Fecht, Bernard Billia, Thermophysical Properties of Liquids and Solidification Microstructure Characteristics—Benchmark Data Generated in Microgravity, Metals Process Simulation, Vol 22B, ASM Handbook, Edited By D.U. Furrer, S.L. Semiatin, ASM International, 2010, p 8–17,

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