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Roll caster for the three-layer clad-strip  [PDF]
R. Nakamura,T. Yamabayashi,T. Haga,S. Kumai
Archives of Materials Science and Engineering , 2010,
Abstract: Purpose: of this paper is to show the characteristics of two kinds of roll casters for three-layer clad strip of aluminium alloys. Moreover, the characteristics of these twin roll casters were compeered with the early type of roll casters for clad strip.Design/methodology/approach: Design was tried to attain the fabrication of the roll casters to cast the three-layers-clad-strip. One caster was an unequal diameter roll caster equipped with a scraper. The scraper was adopted to prevent the mixture of different kinds of melts of the alloys. The scraper was used to cast the clad strip with clear interfaces between each strip. The other caster was a tandem type roll caster assembled from two vertical type twin roll casters. A vertical type of twin roll was mounted on the other vertical type of a twin roll caster.Findings: Three layers of clad strips could be cast by two kinds of the roll casters developed in the present study. The casting speed was 20 m/min. This speed was much higher at the conventional twin roll caster for the aluminium alloys. Each strip of three layers clad strip was connected strictly. The element of clad strip did not peel at the interface by continuous bending. The as-cast clad strip could be cold-rolled. The element of alloys did not mix at the connecting interface of the strips. The casting conditions which affected the connecting of the strips and condition of interface were investigated and shown in this paper.Research limitations/implications: The width of the strip was from 30 mm to 50 mm. The casting of the wide strip was not investigated. The alloy used in the present study was only aluminium alloys. The length of the cast strip was 3 m. The thickness of element strip was from 0.8 mm to 1.5 mm. The difference of the melting temperature of the alloys was within 50°C. The number of the layers was less than three layers.Practical implications: The roll caster invented in the present study can be used for the fabrication of the clad strip. The clad strip is, for example, used for the brazing sheet of the radiator for the automotive industry.Originality/value: There was not a report concerning the roll caster for three layers clad strip. The roll casters for clad strips shown in this paper were of an original process. Especially, the use of the scraper in the roll casting was original.
Development of a twin roll caster for light metals  [PDF]
T. Haga
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2010,
Abstract: Purpose: Purpose of this paper is to show the development of a twin roll caster for aluminium alloy. One of the developments was the increase of the roll speed. The increase of the roll speed was essential to improve the low productivity of the twin roll caster. Limitation of the alloys, which can be cast into the strip, could be enlarged by the method to increase the roll speed. The method to increase the roll speed was useful to increase the cooling rate of the cast strip. The devices to increase the roll speed were shown in this paper. Other development was invention of the twin roll caster to cast clad strip. The twin roll casters to cast two layers clad strip, three layers clad strip and five layers clad strip were invented.Design/methodology/approach: Increase of roll speed was attained by the use of a copper roll and a nozzle, operation of the low temperature casting and non-use of parting material. A scraper was adopted to the twin roll caster for clad strip to prevent the mixture of the molten metals and to control the surface condition. The devices to increase the roll speed were useful for the roll caster to cast clad strip.Findings: The aluminium alloy strip could be cast at the speeds up to 90 m/min. The aluminium alloy which has wide freezing zone like Al-25%Si could be cast into the strip. Two layers, three layers and five layers of clad strips could be cast.Research limitations/implications: The roll casters were laboratory size. Therefore, it was not clear of the ability of the casting of the long size and wide size strips.Practical implications: The productivity of aluminium alloy strip is increased. The property of the aluminium alloy strip is improved. The aluminium alloy, which was too brittle to be formed into the plate, will be cast into strip directly from melt. The process and energy to make the brazing sheet will be saved by the roll caster of the present study.Originality/value: The invented roll casters, devices for casting and properties of the cast strips are original.
Clad strip casting by a twin roll caster  [PDF]
T. Haga,R. Nakamura,S. Kumai,H. Watari
Archives of Materials Science and Engineering , 2009,
Abstract: Purpose: Of this paper is to realize the casting of the clad strip by only one process. Therefore, the investigation of the ability of the casting of the clad strip by a vertical type twin roll caster was operated. The aim of the use of the twin roll caster to make clad strip was in the reduction of the production-energy of the clad strip.Design/methodology/approach: Used in the present study was a vertical type twin roll caster with the scriber. The scriber was used to prevent the mixture of the two kinds of the melts. The scriber was set at roll-bite, and the scriber contacted to the one of solidification layer. The melt was stopped by the scriber and the only the solidification layer was dragged by the roll.Findings: The clad strip with the clear interface could be by the vertical type twin roll caster with the scriber. The scriber was useful to drag only the solid and semisolid layer. The two kinds of strips were connected strictly at the interface of the clad strip. The clad strip was not broken at the interface by the continuous bending.Research limitations/implications: Are that 100 mm width-strip was cast in the present study. Ability of the clad strip that is wider than 100 mm was not clear. The control of the clad ratio was not investigated.Practical implications: The twin roll caster devised and investigated in this report is useful to cast clad strip like the brazing sheet for the radiator of the automobile.Originality/value: The vertical type twin roll cater to cast clad strip is original process. The scriber was used to prevent the mixture of the two kinds of melts. The scriber was not used in the previous research to cast clad strip at the twin roll caster, and use of the scriber was the first try.
Casting of aluminum alloy strip using an unequal diameter twin roll caster  [PDF]
T. Haga,H. Inui,H. Watari,S. Kumai
Archives of Materials Science and Engineering , 2008,
Abstract: Purpose: of this paper is to clear the property and ability of an unequal diameter twin roll caster to castcommercial size strip. Therefore, 400mm-width strip was cast as first step. Surface-condition, microstructure andmechanical property of the strip was investigated.Design/methodology/approach: Method used in the present study was an unequal diameter twin roll caster.This method was devised to realize easy operation of the twin roll casting and increase of casting speed.Findings: are that 400-width-strip of 3084, 5182 and 6022 could be cast at speed of 20 m/min. This strip wasabout 4 mm-thick. There were some defects on the surface. As cast strip could be cold-rolled down to sheetof 1 mm-thick. 180 degrees bending test was operated on the 6022 sheet after T4 heat treatment. Crack did notoccurred at the outer surface when strip was bent at width-direction.Research limitations/implications: is that the quantity of the melt was 21kg and investigation of theproperties was not enough for practical use. The larger weight of melt must be cast for production.Practical implications: are as below. The 400mm-width strip can be cast easily by the unequal diameter twinroll caster. This caster can be adapted to 3083, 5182 and 6022.Originality/value: as below. The economy sheet with 400mm width can be produced by the unequal diameter twinroll caster. 3083, 5182 and 6022 can be cast at the speed of 20m/min. The thickness of the strip was about 4mm.
Aluminum Alloy Semisolid Strip Casting Using an Unequal Diameter Twin Roll Caster  [PDF]
T. Haga,H. Sakaguchi,H. Inui,H. Watari
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2005,
Abstract: Purpose: A Purpose of the present study was to break through the disadvantage of the twin roll caster for aluminum alloy. They were slow casting speed and limitation of alloy. For example, the casting speed was slower than 5 m/min, and casting of hypereutectic Al-Si alloy was difficult. In order to break through the disadvantages, semisolid casting using an unequal diameter twin roll caster was tested its ability.Design/methodology/approach: The specification of the unequal diameter twin roll caster is as below. The diameter of the upper roll was 250 mm, and that of the lower roll was 1000 mm. The width of the roll was 100 mm. The semisolid slurry was made by a cooling slope.Findings: The microstructure of the strip became very fine. Especially, primary and eutectic Si became very fine. This was the effect of rapid solidification. As the result, the ductility of Al-16%Si was improved.Research limitations/implications: 6111 aluminum alloy strip was cast at speeds of 5, 10 and 20 m/min. This caster could cast the strip at the speeds higher than the conventional twin roll caster. Start of casting was very easy. The hypereutectic Al-16%Si alloy, which has wide freezing zone, could be cast in to the strip by the unequal diameter twin roll caster. This was the effect of the cooling of the strip on the lower roll.Originality/value: The roll cast Al-16mass%Si strip had good ductility, and could be cold rolled. Annealed 0.5 mm thick Al-16mass%Si could be bent at radius of 0.75mm.
High speed roll casting of Mg alloy strip by a vertical type twin roll caster  [PDF]
T. Haga,H. Watari,S. Kumai
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2006,
Abstract: Purpose: The possibility of high speed roll casting of AZ31, AM60 and AZ91 was investigated. Warm deep drawing of roll cast magnesium alloy was operated. and formability of roll cast magnesium strip was cleared.Design/methodology/approach: A vertical type high speed twin roll caster was used. The roll casting was operated in the air atmosphere. The casting speed was from 60 m/min up to 180 m/min. Low temperature casting was adopted to realize high speed casting.Findings: Strip thinner 3 mm with 100 width could be cast continuously. The casting ability became better with increasing content of Al. Roll cast Mg alloy strips could be hot-rolled down to 0.5 mm. AZ31 as-cast strip could be thinner down to 0.5 mm only by three times of hot rolling. Deep drawing was operated with three kinds of Mg alloy at 250°C, and LDR value was larger than 2.0. It was shown that deep drawing of AZ91 alloy for casting was possible.Research limitations/implications: There was tendency that cracks occurred at the center in the thickness direction as Al content increased.Practical implications: Sheet metal forming of magnesium alloy with high content Al can be realized.Originality/value: It was shown that possibility of high speed roll casting of magnesium alloy, and warm deep drawing of roll cast AZ91 strip.
High speed twin roll caste for aluminum alloy thin strip  [PDF]
T. Haga,H. Inui,H. Sakaguchi,H. Watari
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2007,
Abstract: Purpose: In the present study, effectiveness of a high-speed twin roll caster for recycling aluminum alloy was investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The effects of the high-speed twin roll caster on alleviating the deterioration of mechanical properties by impurities were investigated. Properties of the cast strip were investigated by metalography, a tension test, and a bending test.Findings: A vertical type twin roll caster for strip casting of aluminum alloys was devised. The strip, which was thinner than 3 mm, could be cast at speeds higher than 60 m/min. Features of the twin roll casters are as below. Copper rolls were used and lubricant was not used in order to increase the casting speed. A casting nozzle was used to set the solidification length precisely. Heat transfer between melt and the roll was improved by hydrostatic pressure of the melt. Separating force was very small in order to prevent sticking of the strip to the roll. Low superheat casting was carried out in order to improve microstructure of the strip. In the present study, effectiveness of a high-speed and high-cooling rate twin roll caster of the present study for recycling aluminum alloy was investigated. Fe was added as impurity to 6063 and A356. The roll caster of the present study was useful to decrease the influence of impurity of Fe.Research limitations/implications: A high-speed twin roll caster of vertical type was designed and assembled to cast aluminum alloy thin strip.Originality/value: The results demonstrate that the high-speed twin roll caster can improve the deterioration by impurities.
High speed twin roll casting of 6016 strip  [PDF]
T. Haga,M. Ikawa,H. Watari,S. Kumai
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2006,
Abstract: Purpose: of this paper is to clear the possibility of high speed roll casting of thin aluminum alloy strip. 6016aluminum alloy is used for sheet metal of the automobile. Therefore, casting of 6016 was tried in this study.Castability and characteristics of roll cast 6016 strip were investigated.Design/methodology/approach: was a high speed twin roll caster. The high speed twin roll caster was designedto overcome the low castability of the twin roll caster.Findings: are as below. The 6016 could be cast at speed of 60 m/min. The thickness of the 6016 was 3 mm.The microstructure at as-cast and after T6 heat treatment was shown. The microstructure was very fine by theeffect of the rapid solidification. The mechanical properties were investigated by the tension test and 180 degreesbending test. The as-cast strip could be cold rolled down to 1 mm without homogenization. The result of tensiontest (gage length 50mm) of T4 strip was as below, tensile stress was 242 MPa, proof stress was 123 MPa andelongation was 26%. There was no crack at the outer surface of 180-degree-bent strip until contact. This showsthe strip endure the hem forming.Research limitations/implications: is the width of the strip was 100 mm. The test using a large scale twin rollcaster must be operated.Practical implications: are as below. The mechanical properties of the roll-cast 6016 were enough for the sheetmetal for the automobile. The low productivity of the twin roll caster could be improved, and economy 6016strip was able to produce.Originality/value: is that 6016 strip could be cast at speed 60 m/min and this strip had good mechanicalproperties.
Roll casting of 5182 aluminium alloy  [PDF]
T. Haga,M. Mtsuo,D. Kunigo,Y. Hatanaka
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2009,
Abstract: Purpose: of this paper is investigation of the ability of the high speed roll casting of 5182 aluminium alloy. Appropriate twin roll caster to cast the 5182 strip was researched.Design/methodology/approach: Method used in the present study was an unequal diameter twin roll caster and a vertical type high speed twin roll caster equipped with mild steel rolls without parting material.Findings: are that the vertical type high speed twin roll caster was effective to cast 5182 strip at high speed. 5182 could be cast at 10 times higher speed than a conventional twin roll caster for aluminium alloy. 5182 could be cast by the mild steel roll using no-parting material without sticking.Research limitations/implications: is that ability of casting of the wide strip, that is wider than 600 mm, could not be investigated.Practical implications: 600 mm-width 5182 strip could be cast and this width is enough for some structural parts. 5182 could be cast into the strip at high productivity and low energy using the economy equipment and no-consumable good.Originality/value: The method to make economy sheet metal of aluminium alloy is imported. The economy alloy and economy process are essential to get economy aluminium alloy sheet.
High speed twin roll casting of 6016 aluminium alloy strip  [PDF]
H. Sakaguchi,T. Haga,H. Watari,S Kumai
Journal of Achievements in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering , 2007,
Abstract: Purpose: of this paper is to clear the possibility of high speed roll casting of aluminum alloy strip. In the bodyof the automobiles, a sheet of 6016 aluminum alloy is adopted for the outer panel. Therefore, casting of 6016was tried in this study. Characteristics of roll cast 6016 were investigated.Design/methodology/approach: was a high speed twin roll caster. The high speed twin roll caster was designedto overcome the low castability of the twin roll caster.Findings: are as below. 6016 alloy could be cast into the strip continuously at the speed of 60m/min. Thethickness of the strip was 3.4 mm. The microstructure at as-cast and after T4 heat treatment was shown. Themicrostructure was very fine. The mechanical properties were investigated by the tensile test and 180 degreesvending test. The as-cast strip could be cold rolled without homogenization to 1mm. Result of tensile test wastensile strength was 230MPa, 0.2% proof stress was 118MPa and elongation was 33%. 6016 strip of T4 heattreatment could be bent 180 degrees without occurrence of crack at the outer surface or breaking.Research limitations/implications: is the width of the strip was 100 mm. It is necessary to test twin roll casterequipped wide rolls.Practical implications: are as below. The mechanical properties of the roll-cast 6016 were enough for the sheetmetal for the automobile. The low productivity of the twin roll caster could be improved.Originality/value: is that 6016 strip could be cast continuously at speed 60 m/min and this strip had goodmechanical properties.
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