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Development Of Low Cost Block Mold For Copper Alloy Casting

Siti Zaleha, Mohd Nor and Romzee, Ismail and Sahrim, Ahmad and A. S., Samsudin and Mohd Ikmar Nizam, Mohamad Isa (2016) Development Of Low Cost Block Mold For Copper Alloy Casting. Jurnal Teknologi (Sciences and Engineering), 78 (6). pp. 27-33. ISSN 0127-9696 (print); 2180-3722 (online)

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Suitable block mold formulations for copper alloy casting have been developed and the formulations used were 25% plaster of paris (POP), 75% silica sand and 31-37% water. Silica sand with a grain size of 106-212 µm was added into dilute suspension of POP and the mixing process was continued until a thick slurry (mixture) was obtained. It has been found that the mixing time of molding materials was highly depended on the type of plaster and optimum slurry viscosity around the diameter of 7.7 – 9.6 cm (slump test) was essential to ensure that the wax pattern could be fully invested. In the dewaxing process, the mold was subjected to the temperature of 170oC for 3 hours and burnout process was effectively achieved by heating the molds at 750oC for 5 hours. The pouring process was successfully carried out without any leakage and it was found that all molds can be easily broken under a force of a hammer. The developed mold also able to produce fully formed of casting without any major defects such as misrun, fin or flash and rat tail, which can be associated with inadequate mold temperature, mold cracks and the separation of mold’s material respectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Silica sand, block mold, wax pattern, copper alloy casting
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Industrial Sciences And Technology
Depositing User: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2016 01:29
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2016 01:29
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