123. Thin Slab Casting as a New Possibility for Economic Magnesium Sheet Metal Production

  1. Prof. Dr. K. U. Kainer
  1. Heinz Palkowski and
  2. Lutz Wondraczek

Published Online: 22 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603565.ch123

Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications

Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications

How to Cite

Palkowski, H. and Wondraczek, L. (2003) Thin Slab Casting as a New Possibility for Economic Magnesium Sheet Metal Production, in Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications (ed K. U. Kainer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527603565.ch123

Editor Information

  1. GKSS-Forschungszentrum, Institut für Werkstoffforschung, Max-Planck-Straße, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany

Author Information

  1. Institut für Metallurgie, Technische Universität Clausthal, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 APR 2005
  2. Published Print: 27 NOV 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527309757

Online ISBN: 9783527603565

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Keywords:

  • thin slab casting;
  • magnesium sheet metal production

Summary

In order to lightweight constructions magnesium alloys have been focussed again. At the moment mostly cast, forged and extruded products are available, but a cost effective production of sheet metals will render new perspectives in the design of lightweight constructions.

Caused by the magnesium specific properties, such as high susceptibility to corrosion, the high affinity to oxygen and other elements and the poor formability at room temperature, the production of magnesium sheet and strips via the conventional process route,-casting of slab, rolling of plate and sheet- is very time and energy consuming. The development of new casting technologies like thin slab or strip casting with an in-line rolling process is expected to result in a shorter processing time with the potential of energy, time and cost savings. In these technologies particular attention to the casting process, like casting speed and solidification speed, and special safety precautions are necessary.

This article provides a summery on the function of a magnesium adapted belt-caster and the specific safety precautions. Some results of casting experiments will be shown and discussed.