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C. Rapiejko, B. Pisarek and T. Pacyniak

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The paper presents the results of the investigation of the effect of Cr and/or V alloy additions on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the magnesium AM60 alloy. The examinations are performed within the frames of a project aiming at the elaboration of an experimental and industrial technology of producing constructively complex elements of machines and devices made of magnesium alloys with the method of investment casting. It has been proven that small numbers of Cr and V alloy additions improve the strength properties: Rm, A%, and the hardness HB of the obtained casts. The experimental casts were made in ceramic molds.

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C. Rapiejko, B. Pisarek, E. Czekaj and T. Pacyniak

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The work presents the test result of the influence of cooling rate on the microstructure of AZ91 alloy, Vickers micro-hardness and Brinell hardness. Studies cooling and crystallization of AZ91 alloy was cast into the ceramic shells preheated to 180 ° C and then air-cooled at ambient temperature or intensively super cooled in the liquid coolant. The TDA method was applied to record and characterize the thermal effect resulting from the phase transformations occurring during the crystallization of AZ91 alloy. The kinetics and dynamics of the thermal processes of crystallization of AZ91 alloy in the ceramic shells were determined. Metallographic tests were performed with the use of an optical microscope. A comparison of these test results with the thermal effect recorded by way of the TDA method was made. Influence of cooling rate of AZ91 on HV0, 01 micro-hardness and Brinell hardness alloy was examined

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C. Rapiejko, B. Pisarek and T. Pacyniak

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The work presents the results of the investigations of the effect of intensive cooling of alloy AM60 with additions of chromium and vanadium on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the obtained casts. The experimental casts were made in ceramic moulds preliminarily heated to 180°C, into which alloy AM60 with the additions was poured. Within the implementation of the research, a comparison was made of the microstructure and mechanical properties of the casts obtained in ceramic moulds cooled at ambient temperature and the ones intensively cooled in a cooling liquid. The kinetics and dynamics the thermal effects recorded by the TDA method were compared. Metallographic tests were performed with the use of an optical microscope and the strength properties of the obtained casts were examined: UTS(Rm), elongation (A%), and HB hardness.

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C. Rapiejko, B. Pisarek and T. Pacyniak

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The work presents the results of the investigations of the effect of intensive cooling of alloy AZ91 with an addition of chromium on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the obtained casts. The experimental castings were made in ceramic moulds preliminarily heated to 180°C, into which alloy AZ91 with the addition was poured. Within the implementation of the research, a comparison was made of the microstructure and mechanical properties of the castings obtained in ceramic moulds cooled at room temperature and the ones intensively cooled in a cooling liquid. The kinetics and dynamics as well as the thermal effects recorded by the TDA method were compared. Metallographic tests were performed with the use of an optical microscope and the strength properties of the obtained castings were examined: UTS (Rm), elongation (A%), and HB hardness.

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C. Rapiejko, B. Pisarek, E. Czekaj and T. Pacyniak

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The work presents the test results of the crystallisation and cooling of magnesium alloys: AM60 and AZ91, with the use of the TDA method. The tested alloys were cast into ceramic shells heated up to 180°C, produced according to the technology of the shell production in the investment casting method. The TDA method was applied to record and characterize the thermal effect resulting from the phase transformations occurring during the crystallisation of magnesium alloys. The kinetics and dynamics of the thermal processes of the crystallisation of AM60 and AZ91 in the ceramic shells were determined. Metallographic tests were performed with the use of an optical microscope as well as scanning microscopy, together with the EDS chemical analysis of the phases present in the tested casts. A comparison of these test results with the thermal effect recorded by way of the TDA method was made.

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B. P. Pisarek, C. Rapiejko, T. Szymczak and T. Pacyniak

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The study presents the results of the investigations of the effect of Cu, Ni, Cr, V, Mo and W alloy additions on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the AlSi7Mg0.3 alloy. The examinations were performed within a project the aim of which is to elaborate an experimental and industrial technology of producing elements of machines and devices complex in their construction, made of aluminium alloys by the method of precision investment casting. It was demonstrated that a proper combination of alloy additions causes the crystallization of complex intermetallic phases in the silumin, shortens the SDAS and improves the strength properties: Rm, Rp0.2,HB hardness. Elevating these properties reduces At, which, in consequence, lowers the quality index Q of the alloy of the obtained casts. Experimental casts were made in ceramic moulds preliminarily heated to 160 °C, into which the AlSi7Mg0.3 alloy with the additions was cast, followed by its cooling at ambient temperature. With the purpose of increasing the value of the quality index Q, it is recommended that the process of alloy cooling in the ceramic mould be intensified and/or a thermal treatment of the casts be performed (ageing)(T6).

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B.P. Pisarek, C. Rapiejko, R. Święcik and T. Pacyniak

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The work presents the results of the investigations of the effect of inhibitors coated on the internal walls of a ceramic mould on the quality of the obtained casts made of the AM60 alloy containing additions of chromium and vanadium. In order to reduce the reactivity of magnesium alloy cast by the technology of investment casting with the material of the mould and the ambient atmosphere, solid inhibitors were applied in the form of a mixture of KBF4 and H3BO3 after the stage of mould baking and before the mould’s being filled with the liquid alloy. For the purpose of examining the effect of the inhibitors on the surface quality of the obtained casts, profilometric tests were performed and the basic parameters describing the surface roughness, Ra, Rz and Rm, were determined.