The Microstructure Formation in Casting of Technical Alloys under Diffusive and Magnetically Controlled Convective Conditions-2 (MICAST-2) - 09.17.14

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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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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)

  • Lorenz Ratke, Institute for Space Simulation, Cologne, Germany

  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
  • Yves Fautrelle, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Grenoble, France
  • Andras Roosz, Ph.D., University of Miskolc, Miskolc, Hungary
  • Gerhard Zimmermann, Ph.D., ACCESS e.V., Aachen, Germany
  • J. Lacaze, Ph.D., Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Cirimat, Toulouse, France
  • Sadik Dost, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
  • David Poirier, Sc.D.,, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States
  • Surendra Tewari, Ph.D., Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, United States

  • Developer(s)
    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)

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    ISS Expedition Duration
    March 2011 - March 2015

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    Experiment Description

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    Space Applications

    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.

    Earth Applications

    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.

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