Comparison of newtonian and fourier thermal analysis techniques for calculation of latent heat and solid fraction of aluminum alloys
Keywords:Thermal Analysis, Al-Si alloys, Newtonian and Fourier methods.
The cooling curve analysis (CCA) has been used extensively in the metal casting industry, usually to predict alloy compositio n and microstructure constituents. The use of CCA can be expanded to other areas of solidification if the zero curves can be properly calculated. In this paper the Newtonian and Fourier techniques of zero curve determination are described. These techniques were developed to calculate latent heat and to determine the correlations between solid fraction and temperature/time for Al-7 wt%Si alloy. The importance of the changes in heat capacity and density of solid and liquid phases during solidification on the latent heat calculations was examined. The latent heat calculated by Computer-Aided Cooling Curve Analysis (CA-CCA) method is compared with those reported in the literature. The effect of experimental procedure and type of sampling cup on the latent heat calculations were studied for both techniques.
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