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Aluminum Sand Casting Interfacial Heat Flux Estimation Based on Corrected Temperature Measurements

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Jonathan W. Woolley, Keith A. Woodbury

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Paper No. IMECE2008-68027, pp. 641-648; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The estimation of the heat flux at the interface between a solidifying metal casting and mold is a frequently investigated topic. Accurate knowledge of the interfacial heat transfer can be used in solidification simulation to reduce the time and cost of the casting design process. A common and well-established approach to estimating the interfacial heat flux is the solution of the inverse heat conduction problem. Temperature measurements from thermocouples imbedded in the sand mold are used as inputs to the inverse solver. It is well-documented that imbedded thermocouples which are subjected to high temperature gradients will yield biased temperature measurements. By accounting for the sensor dynamics with an appropriate model, the measured temperatures can be corrected to mitigate the effect of the bias error in the estimation of the heat flux. In a previous work, experimentally measured temperatures were obtained from aluminum sand castings and the interfacial heat transfer was evaluated. In other works, the temperature measurement error was demonstrated and the kernel method for correcting measured temperatures was demonstrated with a numerical experiment. In this paper, the simulation of the response of a thermocouple with a three-dimensional computational model is used with the kernel method to correct the experimentally measured temperatures. The previous interfacial heat flux estimates are updated by solving the inverse heat conduction problem with the corrected temperatures as the inputs.

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