Effectiveness of Naphthalene in Grain Refinement of Commercially Pure Aluminum and Zinc Ingot Castings

Abstract

It is well established that the properties of cast metals are greatly improved by refinement of their grain size. The method employed in this study for the refinement of grain size of commercially pure aluminum and zinc castings is inoculation of naphthalene in powder form to the mould prior to pouring the molten metal. The results show that theaddition of naphthalene remarkably suppresses the formation of columnar grains and refines the structure. Increasing the amount of naphthalene addition also minimizes and may eliminate the formation of the shrinkage cavity. Furthermore, the ability of castingsfor mechanical working increases as the naphthalene addition increases