From the April 20, 2016 NADCA eNews
This webinar series will focus on aluminum high vacuum high integrity die casting for structural components which are increasingly being used in automobiles, motorcycles, recreational and other vehicles. It will cover all technical aspects from alloys through their processing to heat treatment and other subsequent process steps. I will also talk about the market opportunity, applications and commercial aspects as both the castings and applications vary significantly from standard die castings.
Part 1 - Alloys for High Integrity Die Casting - In this webinar all aspects of aluminum high integrity die casting alloys will be covered: from AA numbering, basic metallurgy, the role of alloying each element, impurities and their impact on part quality and properties, ... all the way to different alloy families and existing alloys currently used or under development, with their advantages and disadvantages, current and potential applications as well as achievable properties (using different heat treatments) with each of them
Date: April 26, 2016
Part 2 - Melting, Melt Treatment, and Transfer for High Integrity Die Casting - In this webinar best practices of melting, melt treatment and transfer for aluminum high integrity die casting of structural components will be presented and discussed. Many oxide and other inclusions originate from inappropriate practices with the liquid aluminum before it is cast. They cause quality issues / high scrap rates and reduced properties. This webinar explains how to avoid them by using best practices like filtering, degassing, fluxing, skimming, settling, quiescent transfer, etc.
Date: April 28, 2016
Part 3 - High Integrity High Vacuum Die Casting - In this webinar the focus in on the die casting process as well as appropriate part and die design/concept for high integrity die casting of structural components. It will cover process technology used or recommended to achieve the very high quality requirements on the die casting process necessary to produce (often large) thin walled, crash relevant, weldable / heat treatable high integrity die castings. Aspects like vacuum, process control, lubricants and their application, etc. as well as part and die design, gating and overflow design, thermal balance (heating and cooling) of the die, etc. will be covered and available technologies and best practices discussed.
Date: May 3, 2016
Part 4 - Heat Treatment and Subsequent Process Steps - The focus of this webinar is on heat treatment of aluminum high integrity die castings. Heat treatment is the final
step in determining the mechanical properties of a casting. After having presented and discussed alloys, melting/melt treatment/transfer, and die casting process technologies required in order to make heat treatable die castings, the theory of heat treatment of aluminum alloys, available tempers, and best practices for thin walled structural die castings are presented (where distortion and blistering can be big issues when heat treating them). The webinar will also briefly describe other subsequent process steps and best practices for structural high integrity die castings.
Date: May 5, 2016
Part 5 - The Market, Applications and Commercial Aspects of High Integrity Die Casting - In this webinar the very rapidly growing market for high integrity die castings is presented, and applications in the various market segments shown and discussed. The main growth sector is of course automotive, where we can see a dramatically increasing number of car body applications like shock towers, but this is not the only market segment where structural high integrity die castings are increasingly being used, we can find them more and more in motorcycles, recreational vehicles and even in boats. Alloys for these castings are typically primary alloys bought and sold based on different indices than secondary alloys, the value chain is very different, and therefore commercial challenges need to be addressed appropriately and will be discussed in this webinar.
Date: May 10, 2016
Each webinar is $69 for Corporate Members, $99 for Individual Members or $119 for Non-Corporate Members. We are temporarily unable to process registrations online. If you would like to sign up for a webinar or series of webinars please contact Athena Catlett at 847.808.3153 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Upcoming Webinars
Safety: Electrical Safety in Die Casting – April 21, 2016
Safety: Managing Safety in Die Casting – April 27, 2016
An Introduction to the Causes of Porosity – May 11, 2016
Control Porosity with Processing Parameters – May 12, 2016
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