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Characterization of Metals and Alloys by Paul Holloway

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6

Melting and Casting

BRIAN R. STROHMEIER

Contents

6.1    Introduction

6.2    Aluminum–Lithium Alloys

6.3    Aluminum–Magnesium Alloys

6.4    Rapidly Solidified Aluminum Alloy Powders

6.5    Cast Aluminum Alloy Metal Matrix Composites

6.6    Liquid Aluminum Alloys

6.7    Summary

6.1 Introduction

Over the last 50 years, several hundred aluminum alloys have been developed for casting purposes.1, 2 Casting alloys differ from wrought alloys in many respects. Foremost, they have high fluidity, which permits the casting of products with thin walls and complicated cross sections.3 In contrast, high-purity aluminum has low fluidity and more importantly has low strength in the solid state. Therefore, pure aluminum is usually not suitable for making ...

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