he optimization of cycle times, mold service life, microstructures and distortion of the castings under the required specifications for component quality and process economy is daily practice. In this context, the layout and case-specific optimization of mold temperature control are of outstanding importance. For this task, product and process developers today have modern mold manufacturing processes and virtual optimization tools at their disposal which, when used from the idea to the series production of a component, enable high added value.
A hydraulic component serves as an example here, which by design involves material accumulations and thus risks of solidification porosity: a classic in aluminum die casting! It was examined with which additional cooling measures in the mold these risks can be minimized. This involved the comprehensive testing of the small given degrees of freedom.