Full mold casting is a casting process in which a mold made of wood or metal is substituted for a styrofoam model. This metal casting process is advantageous for the production of large-sized castings because it uses a foamed model. However, this unique process of melting a foamed model causes a problem which is the foamed model remains dissolved in the casting. This is called foam residue defect and is specific to full mold casting. In this study, we propose a new casting design called a residue trap to reduce these residue defects. This residue trap collects the residue of foam models included in the molten metal, which tends to be generated when the temperature of the molten metal becomes low by being attached to the product part in the same way to overflows. We also optimized the shape of the residue trap in terms of easing of post-treatment and increasing efficiency of collecting foam residue. Eventually, the effectiveness of the residue trap was verified by actual full mold casting experiments.
Part of the book: Casting Processes and Modelling of Metallic Materials