Transient Heat Transfer Analysis of Alloy Solidification

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J. C. Muehlbauer

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, S. C.

J. D. Hatcher, D. W. Lyons

College of Industrial Management and Textile Science, Clemson University, Clemson, S. C.

J. E. Sunderland

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass.

J. Heat Transfer 95(3), 324-331 (Aug 01, 1973) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450059 History: Received January 31, 1972; Online August 11, 2010


Approximate solutions are obtained for the temperature distribution and rate of phase change for the transient one-dimensional solidification of a finite slab of a binary alloy. The alloy is selected to avoid the eutectic composition so that solidification takes place over a range of temperatures. The slab is initially superheated and has a uniform temperature distribution. Solidification occurs after one surface is cooled by convection while the other surface is insulated. Temperature distributions are determined analytically and experimentally and are in reasonably good agreement.

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