Abstract: The filling process and solidification of Al based alloy linkage by suction casting was studied via numerical simulation. The shrinkage defect of Al based alloy linkage casting was predicted by using FEM software ProCAST. The results indicate the cold shut will be decreased with the increase of graphite suction opening diameter and the pouring temperature. With the decrease of the coefficient of heat transfer, the cold shut is reduced. The Al based alloy linkage are obtained by this method. The simulated result tallies well with the actual cast experiment, and lays down a foundation for improving the cast technology of the Al based alloy casting.

Keywords: FEM simulation; ProCAST software; suction casting; shrinkage defect.