Thermomechanical properties and fracture of resin-bonded-sand cores – Experimental study and application in aluminium foundry
1 MATEIS, INSA Lyon, 69621 Villeurbanne, France
2 MONTUPET, 60290 Laigneville, France
3 MONTUPET, 36130 Diors, France
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Published online: 30 June 2017
Sand cores are used to produce internal cavities of metallic cast parts with complex shapes like automotive cylinder heads. Foundry cores are granular materials made of sand grains aggregated with binder bridges. In the cold box coring process, the binder is a polyurethane resin. It is noteworthy that during the casting of the liquid metal, the polymer binder is seriously damaged. This kind of materials has been poorly investigated so far. This study aims for a better understanding of the mechanical behaviour and fracture of cores subjected to various loads and thermal ageing. Particularly, the focus is on the decoring step, which consists in removing the sand by hammering and vibration of the metallic part after casting. This major project, generated from the collaboration of the aluminum casting company Montupet, and two laboratories Centre des Matériaux (CdM) and MATEIS, includes both experimental and numerical activities in order to model the decoring step of cylinder heads based on empiric data. Here, the experimental part of the work is presented.
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