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K. Solek and S. Szczepanik

Knowledge of the rheological properties is crucial for the numerical modeling of technological processes. The main objective of this study was to conduct an analysis of the rheological properties of A380.0 (AlSi9Cu3(Fe)) aluminium alloy in the semi-solid state. The results could be used for identification of temperature range of the alloy, where thixoforming processes could be executed. Another purpose of the experimental work could be development of the mathematical models of the alloy apparent viscosity. The significant achievement of this particular study is an application of a viscometer which was specially designed for material tests executed at high temperatures, such as the measurement of liquid or semi-liquid aluminium viscosity. This paper presents the results of a rheological analysis of aluminium alloy.