Improved software for the simulation of steel and metal casting

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Illustration through a cut plane of the grain structure of a quarter solidified ingot © Graphics: Transvalor

THERCAST® is Transvalor’s tried and tested 3D finite element software for the simulation of metal casting, solidification and heat treatment processes. It excels thanks to its proven ability to forecast real-world results, thus allowing plant operators to reduce time and expenditure for planning, starting up and running casting processes.

The software has now been thoroughly revamped. The greatly enhanced 8.2 version includes important new functionalities as well as significant improvements to many of its existing features. It can be used for steels just as well as for other technical metals such as copper or aluminum.

The outstanding highlight is a new comprehensive model of the flow characteristics based on real viscosity data making it possible to predict the rheological behaviour of the melt during casting processes as well as when solidifying with a much higher degree of precision. Another remarkable feature is the degree of accuracy with which the transformation processes within the microstructure during heat treatment can be depicted. The results thus comprehensively match real-world conditions.

The software permits computing processes governing the casting of ingots with the same ease and accuracy as those applying to continuous casting operations.

Another aspect worth mentioning relates to substantial enhancements of the man-machine interface. Access to and use of different modules and features has been greatly improved, thus facilitating the easy and efficient implementation of variants to simulation tasks as well as significant improvements with respect to the time spent by operating staff. Processed data can directly be shared with the FORGE® software package.

Transvalor, a scientific software editor and service provider headquartered in France, provides manufacturing and engineering intelligence to a wide range of industries such as automotive, aerospace, energy, medical, oil and gas and many others.

It has developed an extensive suite of cutting edge simulation software for materials science that addresses a wide and varied range of forming processes for metallic solid and liquid materials as well as for polymers: FORGE® for hot, warm and cold metal forming, COLDFORM® for cold metal forming, THERCAST® for casting applications and REM3D® for plastic injection molding.

Source: Transvalor, Foundry-Planet.com