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Study of freckles formation during directional solidification under the influence of single-phase and multiphase convection
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Volume: 5
Issue: 2
Formation of freckles during directional solidification of hypereutectic aqueous ammonium- chloride in a bottom cooled cavity is studied numerically. The system studied is thermally stable but solutally unstable, which causes plume type convection and formation of channels in the growing solid mush. Solidification of hypereutectic solutions is usually characterized by detached and drifting solid crystals, thus resulting in multiphase convection. The numerical simulation is performed using a fixed grid single domain approach with single-phase and multiphase convection phenomena. For the multiphase convection modeling in the solidifying system under consideration, the mushy region is assumed to consist of an immobile coherent zone containing packed equiaxed crystals and a mobile noncoherent zone where the solid crystals are able to move. The two zones are demarcated by a critical solid fraction criterion, referred to as the coherency point. The overall effects of drifting solid phase on the freckles formation are compared with the results from conventional single-phase convection model. © 2013 by ASME.
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