Aluminum

Modules

Aluminum Casting Alloys

In this module, the various mechanical and physical properties of aluminum, that make it the casting alloy of choice, are defined. The Aluminum Association alloy designation system is explained in order to identify the various alloying elements of aluminum. In addition, an introduction to aluminum heat treatment operations is presented. By the end of this module, you will be able to describe the principle properties of aluminum; classify an aluminum alloy using the Aluminum Association designation system, identify the different alloying elements of aluminum; and define the various aluminum heat treatment operations. (0.1 CEU)

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Aluminum Casting Applications

This module identifies the properties that should be considered in the selection of an aluminum alloy and briefly review the aluminum alloy family characteristics that make them suitable for general casting applications. This module concludes by choosing an aluminum alloy suitable for a case study. By the end of this module, you will be able to identify aluminum alloys suited to specific applications. (0.1 CEU)

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Aluminum Casting Defects: Gas Porosity and Shrinkage Porosity

The difference between gas porosity and shrinkage porosity is examined in this module along with causes and the methods to control them. Upon completion of this module, you will be able to define macro and micro porosity shrinkage aluminum defects and identify two control methods to reduce the defects. (0.1 CEU)

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Aluminum Casting Production

This module explores the aluminum casting production process. Four furnace types and five major types of casting processes for aluminum will be examined. Some safety considerations will also be included. By the end of this module, you will be able to identify the common melting techniques and molding methods for aluminums. (0.1 CEU)

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Aluminum Casting Defects: Oxides and Inclusions

In this module, you will learn about the problems associated with aluminum oxide and inclusion defects and their classification. You will explore oxide and inclusion measurement and removal methods, and you will also learn about methods to avoid inclusions. By the end of this module, you will be able to describe problems associated with aluminum oxide and inclusion defects, determine whether an inclusion is oxide related or otherwise, identify measures to be taken to remove oxides and inclusions, and identify methods to avoid oxides and inclusions. (0.1 CEU)

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