A new fatigue test procedure for die-casting tool materials
journal contributionposted on 26.05.2009, 10:43 by Andrew J. Norwood, Phill M. Dickens, Rupert C. Soar, Russell Harris
The objective of this research was to investigate a new test procedure for simulating the temperatures in die casting so that materials can be evaluated as tool materials for the high-pressure die casting of aluminium. Other procedures have been used for evaluating the thermal fatigue performance of tool materials, but these tests do not reproduce all the conditions found in production environments. A new test method has been established that enables the thermal fatigue resistance of materials to be identified. The test is robust, reliable, and versatile and has a large operating temperature range (25-1200°C), and the cycle times and dwell times are adjustable. The results have shown a similar number of cycles to induce the same level of fatigue cracking as in actual die-casting tools. The performance of different materials can be compared, and an approximate fatigue life for high-pressure die-casting tools can be determined.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering