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UAL researchers to conduct four foundry projects.

UAL Researchers to Conduct Four Foundry Projects

Researchers at the University of Alabama have won contracts for four foundry research projects, two sponsored by the American Foundrymen's Society (AFS); one by the Department of Energy, which involves funds from matching contributions by foundries and is administered by AFS; and one sponsored by the Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center.

Dr. Doru Stefanescu, University research professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, will conduct for AFS an "Investigation of the Role of Contact Angle and Mold Atmosphere in the Formation of Casting Penetration Defects." He will be assisted by graduate assistant Philippe Delannoy, and his work will be monitored by a subcommittee of the AFS Mold Metal Interface Committee (4-F). Program monitors will be led by Larry Stahl, Central Foundry Div/GMC. The investigation will use sessile drop techniques to characterize mold metal interface reactions.

Dr. John Berry, ACIPCO professor and head of the department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, will carry out a "Determination of Correlation Factors for the Prediction of Shrinkage in Castings," also for AFS. This project will be monitored by the AFS Heat Transfer Committee, with Michael Robinson, PCC Airfoils, heading the monitoring committee. The project will use cast samples and computer modeling to look for simple relationships that can predict shrinkage in nonferrous alloys.

Dr. Marvin McKinley, professor of chemical engineering, has been selected by the monitoring committee of the Department of Energy/AFS project on "Precision Evaporative Pattern Technology" to participate in the area of pattern pyrolysis. This program includes six separate tasks and involves investigators from three different universities. Dr. Charles Bates, Southern Research Institute, is program manager. Program results will be shared only with industry sponsors. Foundries interested in participating in the program should call Dr. Bates at 205/581-2257, or AFS Headquarters at 800/537-4237.

Drs. McKinley and Garry Warren, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, will be looking at "Hydrometallurgical Treatment of Hazardous Wastes for Simultaneous Detoxification and Metal Recovery." The hazardous wastes they have selected include fly-ash and foundry sands. Funds for this project come from the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Title Annotation:University of Alabama
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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