What's new in FLOW-3D CAST v5.1





Flow Science is pleased to announce the release of FLOW-3D CAST v5.1. This release provides casters with a complete simulation tool for modeling all the casting processes commonly found in modern foundries. Highlights of the FLOW-3D CAST v5.1 release include new process workspaces for investment casting, sand core making, centrifugal casting, and continuous casting, an expansive database of exothermic risers, and a brand new, chemistry-based alloy solidification model.


A major development in FLOW-3D CAST v5.1 is our new, award-winning alloy solidification model. This ground-breaking achievement provides casters with the ability to predict casting strength characteristics and reduce material usage while still meeting product safety and performance requirements.


The new process workspaces greatly reduce simulation setup and results analysis time. The Investment Casting Workspace features a fast and accurate shell mold generation tool and a full radiation model. The Sand Core Making Workspace models sand core shooting as well as all the hardening processes. The Centrifugal Casting Workspace provides the most accurate simulation tool available for all centrifugal processes. Finally, the Continuous Casting Workspace simulates all continuous casting processes including direct chill.


Additionally, databases for heat transfer coefficients, air vents, HPDC machines, and risers provide information at the users’ fingertips. The new exothermic riser database along with the solidification hotspot identification tool lets users quickly and easily place an appropriately sized exothermic riser at locations where shrinkage is predicted to occur.