Characterisation and Optimisation of Thixoforming Feedstock Material

  1. Dipl.-Ing. K. Ehrke Chairman4 and
  2. Prof. Dr. W. Schneider5
  1. S. Engler1,
  2. D. Hartmann2 and
  3. I. Niedick3

Published Online: 21 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607331.ch40

Continuous Casting

Continuous Casting

How to Cite

Engler, S., Hartmann, D. and Niedick, I. (2000) Characterisation and Optimisation of Thixoforming Feedstock Material, in Continuous Casting (eds K. Ehrke and W. Schneider), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607331.ch40

Editor Information

  1. 4

    ALUMINIUM Essen GmbH, Sulterkamp 71, D-45356 Essen, Germany

  2. 5

    VAW Aluminium AG, Forschung und Entwicklung, Georg-von-Boeselager-Str. 25, D-53117 Bonn, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Gießereiinstitut, RWTH Aachen, Germany

  2. 2

    EFU Gesellschaft für Ur-/Umformtechnik mbH, Simmerath, Germany

  3. 3

    Volkswagen AG, Braunschweig, Germany (former EFU GmbH)

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302833

Online ISBN: 9783527607334



  • alloy development;
  • alloys with higher strength;
  • self-hardening alloys;
  • DC-casting


The standard alloy for serial production by the Thixoforming process is alloy A356. It shows good corrosion resistance as well as acceptable mechanical properties after heat treatment. Due to the increased demand on mechanical properties of thixoformed components this alloy could not fulfil all requirements. The objective of this work is to develop thixoformable alloys with higher strength (compared to A356) and self-hardening alloys.