04/18/2011

ESI Group

Casting Simulation Suite 2010 from ESI

ESIs Casting Simulation Suite (including ProCAST & QuikCAST) allows predictive evaluations of the entire casting process including: filling and solidification defects; mechanical properties; and, complex part distortion. It enables rapid visualization of the results of casting and thus allows correct decision-making at an early stage in the design of a manufacturing process. The new 2010 version delivers numerous enhancements; offering several improved product functionalities as well as new features that meet todays foundry needs. ESIs Casting Simulation Suite 2010 allows an engineer to build step-by-step the necessary functionalities to span the entire foundry process from die design through to the components performance during its productive life.

In this release, ESI introduces important developments in micro modeling, allowing the prediction of the microstructure and assessment of the consequent mechanical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy, both as cast and after heat treatment. This major technological breakthrough has led, for instance, to the precise selection of heat treatment parameters in order to obtain the required properties for Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) components. Using this capability, ADI can be engineered to have properties superior to commonly used alloys, such as steel, as it is lighter and stronger for the same applications. Simulation helps achieve this performance, providing new materials opportunities to the transportation industry.


"ProCAST recent developments prove to be excellent for predicting the microstructure and the basic mechanical properties of casting materials, said Dr. Antton Meléndez Arranz, Metallurgist at Tecnalia. Using the microstructure module, the simulation of local graphite expansion is possible with a sensitively higher accuracy for shrinkage defects prediction. The microstructure module opens up a new line of possibilities and makes other types of analyses possible, particularly in relation to metallurgical quality level adjustments, according to the inoculation parameters in simulation."

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