See some of the most relevant publications about MAGMA applications and developments especially in the area of non ferrous casting.

Simulation Evolves to Autonomous Optimization

Today’s requirements on the development of a casting and the corresponding metal casting process demand methodologies and tools which allow a maximization of process robustness and profitability at the earliest possible point in time. Opposed to real-world trials, autonomous optimization using simulation tools provides significantly more flexibility.

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Design Optimization of Heat Treatment Support Frames for Aluminum Alloy Structural Cast Parts Using Virtual Experimentation

The work shows how heat treatment support frames can be optimized by virtual experimentation using an integrated simulation approach. A unified creep material model is applied to model the distortion of an industrial thin-walled aluminium structural die cast part. The changing part deformation during the entire casting and heat treatment process as well as the effects of different supporting frame concepts on the distortion will be discussed. The predicted part deformation is compared for different supporting frame designs and is quantitatively assessed using a virtual 6-point (Reference Point System) measurement device.

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Reduction of Oxide Inclusions in Aluminum Cylinder Heads through Virtual Design of Experiments

It will be shown in this paper that virtual design of experiments (vDOEs) are leading to optimized gating designs and process parameters resulting in a significant reduction of oxides in castings. The experiments supported by simulation were accompanied and validated by high-speed video technology and the PREFIL-measurement technology.

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Material Combinations in Lightweight Casting Components

Aluminum und magnesium castings play a major role in light-weight casting. These fields of application are being extended continually, and the specific demands on materials are increasing. More often the mechanical and tribological properties of the casting materials are insufficient, the operating temperatures are too high, or the environment shows a high level of chemical aggression. Local components can then be tailored to specific demands by cast-in inserts mostly made of steel or cast iron, depending on the requirements.

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Systematic Optimization of Aluminum Sand Casting Gating Systems

Foundries are continuously exposed to ever increasing demands regarding their competitiveness, as well as in developing their specific casting process. This is especially the case for equipment intensive jobbing foundries, which have to develop numerous new parts per year under perpetually increasing economic pressures. The development process for a new part was in the past determined within the foundry using "experience" as well as "trial and error". Nowadays, however, advanced casting process simulation tools have established itself as very reliable tools in the development process of new parts.

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