Modelling of Al-7%wtSi-1wt%Fe ternary alloy: Application to space experiments with a rotating magnetic field
Budenkova O, et al. (2014). "Modelling of Al-7%wtSi-1wt%Fe ternary alloy: Application to space experiments with a rotating magnetic field." Materials Science Forum 790-791: 46-51
Recently several experiments on directional solidification of Al-6.5wt.Si-0.93wt.%Fe (AlSi7Fe1) alloy were performed under terrestrial conditions and onboard the International Space Station (ISS) in the Materials Science Lab (MSL) with use of electromagnetic stirring and without it. Analysis of the samples showed that stirring with a rotating magnetic field lead to the accumulation of iron-rich intermetallics in the center of the sample and influenced the primary dendrite spacing while the secondary dendrite arm spacing were not affected. In the present paper the accumulation of the intermetallics b-Al5SiFe in the center of the samples due to RMF stirring is demonstrated numerically and the evolution of primary and secondary dendrite arm spacing is discussed.