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Aluminum Melting Fundamentals


Aluminum Melting Fundamentals examines the equipment, processes, and general terminology associated with aluminum melting and casting foundries.
Learning Hours: 2

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Course Description

Aluminum Melting Fundamentals examines the equipment, processes, and general terminology associated with aluminum melting and casting foundries. Presented in THORS’ highly visual and interactive format, this course provides learners with a variety of important topics for this expanding industry. From learners who are new to aluminum casting industries, to seasoned veterans, there is relevant knowledge for everyone in this course.

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Who will benefit from this Aluminum Melting course?

Companies, individuals, or educational institutions that are required to properly melt, modify, and pour aluminum castings.

Course Classification

This manufacturing course by THORS eLearning Solutions covers identification of key terms and understanding of key concepts.

*THORS uses the Bloom’s Taxonomy Methodology for our course development.

Certificate Awarded for Aluminum Melting Fundamentals

Example of certificate awarded upon successful completion of the course.

*upon successful completion

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Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize some of the basic equipment used in aluminum foundries.
  2. Recall basic melting terminology and phrases.
  3. Distinguish between the common furnaces used for melting aluminum.
  4. Identify some of the prominent tests applied to molten aluminum.
  5. Differentiate between metallic and non-metallic additions for aluminum.
  6. Understand the primary steps involved in molten aluminum processing.
Two furnaces, one containing raw material known as charge, the other containing the resulting molten metal known as melt
Aluminum Melting Fundamentals

Table of Contents

  1. Foundry Terminology
    1. Equipment
      1. Ladles
      2. Crucibles
      3. Skimmers
      4. Refractory Materials
      5. Resistance Elements
      6. Molds
    2. Protective Gear
    3. Charge vs. Melt
    4. Charge Materials
    5. Mechanical Properties
      1. Hardness
      2. Strength
      3. Elongation
      4. Machinability
      5. Conductivity
      6. Corrosion Resistance
    6. Melting and Solidification
    7. Mold Example
    8. Casting Processes
    9. Filling vs. Feeding
    10. Cast Alloy Designations
  2. Furnaces and Molten Metal Testing
    1. Furnaces
      1. Crucible Furnaces
        1. Fuel-Fired Furnaces
          1. Stationary Furnaces
          2. Tilting Furnaces
          3. Lift-Out Furnaces
        2. Resistance Furnaces
        3. Induction Furnaces
      2. Reverberatory Furnaces
        1. Wet Bath Furnaces
        2. Dry Hearth Furnaces
    2. Molten Metal Testing
      1. Temperature Checking
      2. Spectrometer Analysis
      3. Reduced Pressure Testing (RPT)
      4. Density Evaluation
  3. Additions and Molten Metal Processing
    1. Additions
      1. Metallic Additions
      2. Non-Metallic Additions
        1. Fluxes
        2. Inert Gases
        3. Active Gases
    2. Molten Metal Processing
      1. Degassing
      2. Fluxing
      3. Dross Removal
      4. Grain Refinement
      5. Silicon Modification

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