J Mater Sci Technol ›› 2008, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (03): 383-388.

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Die Casting Mold Design of the Thin-walled Aluminum Case by Computational Solidification Simulation

Young-Chan Kim, Chang-Seog Kang, Jae-Ik Cho, Chang-Yeol Jeong, Se-Weon Choi, Sung-Kil Hong   

  1. Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Gwangju, Korea...
  • Received:2007-09-22 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2008-05-28 Published:2009-10-10
  • Contact: Young-Chan Kim

Abstract: Recently, demand for the lightweight alloy in electric/electronic housings has been greatly increased. However, among the lightweight alloys, aluminum alloy thin-walled die casting is problematic because it is quite difficult to achieve sufficient fluidity and feedability to fill the thin cavity as the wall thickness becomes less than 1 mm. Therefore, in this study, thin-walled die casting of aluminum (Al-Si-Cu alloy: ALDC 12) in size of notebook computer housing and thickness of 0.8 mm was investigated by solidification simulation (MAGMA soft) and actual casting experiment (Buhler Evolution B 53D). Three different types of gating design, finger, tangential and split type with 6 vertical runners, were simulated and the results showed that sound thin-walled die casting was possible with tangential and split type gating design because those gates allowed aluminum melt to flow into the thin cavity uniformly and split type gating system was preferable gating design comparing to tangential type gating system at the point of view of soundness of casting and distortion generated after solidification. Also, the solidification simulation agreed well with the actual die-casting and the casting showed no casting defects and distortion.

Key words: Aluminum casting alloy, Thin-wall die casting, Solidification simulation