The Microstructure Formation in Casting of Technical Alloys under Diffusive and Magnetically Controlled Convective Conditions-2 (MICAST-2) - 01.09.14
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Microgravity offers a unique way to study the solidification of metal mixtures, or alloys. The Microstructure Formation in Casting of Technical Alloys under Diffusive and Magnetically Controlled Convective Conditions-2 (MICAST-2) investigation will study a magnetic field’s influence on the solidification of alloys containing aluminum-silicon (AlSi) and aluminum-silicon-iron (AlSiFe). The experiment will also inform computer models of metal casting, which could help the metals industry design better mixtures and processes.
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Alcan CRV, Voreppe, , France
HYDRO Al GmbH, , , Germany
Nemak Hungary, , , Hungary
Alcoa-Köfem Kft, , , Hungary
INOTAL, , , Hungary
Dunaferr Zrt., , , Hungary
Aleris, , , Netherlands
Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)
ISS Expedition Duration:
March 2011 - March 2015
Previous ISS Missions
The MICAST experiments will produce data that will improve computer models simulating metal solidification on Earth. Knowledge gained from the MICAST experiments could improve ground-based metal casting processes, leading to new stronger, lightweight materials.
The microgravity environment of the International Space Station is key for alloy research because gravity-induced actions are eliminated, and turbulence or convection can be carefully manipulated by the researchers. The experiments could improve ground-based development of new lightweight, high-performance materials that can be used in future space missions.