Mechanical Properties of Aluminum-Magnesium Alloy Prepared by Slope Plate Casting Process


The present work encompasses the development of microstructure by using cooling plate casting process. This process consists of pouring the molten metal at temperature close to the liquidus line in an inclined cooling plate. The mould and the slope plate unit were manufactured by the researcher. Pouring temperature and inclination angles have effect on microstructure, tensile strength, and on the macro hardness for both Al-1.6%Mg, Al-0.46%Mg. The following variables have been used in this work: pouring temperatures of (750,800,850ᵒC), tilt angles of (30ᵒ, 40ᵒ, 50ᵒand 60ᵒ), and Mg additive of (1.6%, 0.46%) with constant cooling length (380mm). Tensile results reveal that (750,800 and 850ᵒC) especially for (30ᵒ, 40ᵒ, 50ᵒ) for 1.6%-Mg, and 0.46%Mg have a high value. Vickers macro hardness has a gradual increasing value for Al-0.46%Mg, but for Al-1.6%Mg rheocast alloy it has a fluctuated value, the higher value is for small angles (30ᵒ, 40ᵒ, and 50ᵒ) and small value for high angle (60ᵒ).