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Meeting 2017 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Cast Shop Technology
Presentation Title Have Recent Advances in Direct Chill Casting Made Us Less Safe?
Author(s) Alex Lowery
On-Site Speaker (Planned) Alex Lowery
Abstract Scope The frequency and severity of molten metal explosions in our industry has increased over the past decade. This paper considers if recent technology advances in direct chill casting processes resulted in our industry downplaying this hazard. Through analysis of past research studies, molten metal incident reporting data and review of the recent explosion that destroyed the Noranda Aluminium cast house. The causes of molten metal explosions are considered and explored in this paper. I argue that recent molten metal explosions could have been prevented if the past research studies’ conclusions were adopted as best practices.
Proceedings Inclusion? Planned: Light Metals

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Application and Results of Oxipyr Diluted Combustion in Aluminum Furnaces
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Case Study of Magnetically-Stirred Casting Furnaces at New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited
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Critical Role of Thermal Management during Cast Start-up of DC Casting Process
Effect of Grain Refiners on Aluminum Twin Roll Casting Process
Effect of Magnesium Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Twin-Roll Cast Aluminum Alloys
Effect of Ultrasonic Processing on a Direct Chill Cast AA6082 Aluminium Alloy
Energy Efficiency Status-quo of UK Foundries: The “Small-Is-Beautiful” Project
Full Size Measurement and Simple Prediction on Macro Segregation of Aluminum Alloys Elements in Industrial DC Casting Slab
Grain Refiner Settlement in the Launder System of Twin Roll Casting and Application of Electromagnetic Stirring
Have Recent Advances in Direct Chill Casting Made Us Less Safe?
Influence of Process Conditions on Segregation Behavior in Twin-Roll Casting of an AlFeSi Alloy
Influence of Sticking on the Roll Topography at Twin-roll Casting of Aluminum Alloys
Material Surface Roughness Change in Twin Roll Casting of Aluminium as Cast Sheet Product
Minimization of Macrosegregation through Jet Erosion of a Continuously Cast Ingot
Modelling and Analysis of a Horizontal Direct Chill Casting Process
Multi-Component High Pressure Die Casting (M-HPDC): Influencing Factors on the Material Temperature during the Joining of Metal-plastic-hybrids
Operational and Economic Impact of Super Vacuum Die Casting Technologies
Optimization of Recovery Efficiency for Briquetted Aluminum Chips up to Briquetting Parameters
Overpressure Due to a Molten Aluminum and Water Explosion in a Casthouse
Peritectic Coupled Growth Solidification - A Review
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology for the Aluminum Industry
Semi Finished Products Traceability Improvement with Laser Marking
Sequential Gravity Casting in Functionally Graded Aluminum Alloys Development
Shear Induced Grain Refinement of a Continuously Cast Ingot
Structural Integrity Assessment of Pressurized Ladles for Aluminum Smelting
The Evaluation of Hot Dross Processing Systems
Twin-roll Casting of Aluminum-steel Clad Strips: Static and Dynamic Mechanical Properties of the Composite
Ultrasonic Assisted Reduction of Hot-tearing during High-speed DC Casting of 6000 Series Aluminum Alloys
X-Ray Computed Tomographic Investigation of High Pressure Die Castings

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