Opportunities in Materials Processing: Metal Casting

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Revitalizing manufacturing in the US is a hot topic, and the $1B National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) has three new centers focused on metal casting. For structural applications, magnesium casting, structural die-cast alloys, austempered ductile and compacted graphite cast iron, and high strength steel promise dramatic weight reduction and improved performance. Recent experiments and modeling at UAB focus on the development of such new materials and processing routes. A study of the rare earth content in an aerospace magnesium alloy is presented.

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An Assistant Professor at UAB, Charles Monroe is a mechanical engineer, with a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Iowa. Dr. Monroe has worked for Caterpillar analyzing manufacturability of steel, iron, and aluminum castings, developing many research interests, including hot tearing, thin wall filling, microstructure property relationships, and cost analysis. At UAB, he is the Key Professor in the Foundry Educational Foundation, teaching courses on metal casting processing.