- Understand the meaning of the Biot number, how it affects the temperature profile in a casting, and the resulting microstructure.
- Be able to explain the formation of the microstructure observed in a cast ingot.
- Be familiar with some common methods of casting, their advantages and disadvantages, and be able to choose a suitable process for manufacturing a variety of metallic components.
Before you start
It will be helpful to have an understanding of solute partitioning and the formation of dendrites. The TLP on Solidification of Alloys covers these topics.