Optimization of process parameters in twin-roll strip casting of an AZ61 alloy by experiments and simulations
Twin-roll strip casting is an effective technology to produce magnesium alloy strips economically. The aim of this work is to propose suitable (optimized) process parameters for manufacturing AZ61 strips using the twin-roll strip casting technology. Experiments on twin-roll strip casting of an AZ61 magnesium alloy were carried out. Temperature fields, fluid flow fields, and stress fields accompanying the process were simulated using thermal-fluid and thermal-mechanical finite element methods. The effects of casting speed and pouring temperature on temperature fields, fluid flow fields, and stress fields during the process were analyzed. It was found that the optimum pouring temperature should be in the range 690 similar to 715 degrees C and the optimum casting speed in the range 2.3 and 2.5 m/min.