Finite element analysis of directional solidification of multicomponent alloys

S. D. Felicelli, J. C. Heinrich, D. R. Poirier

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A finite element model of dendritic solidification of multicomponent alloys is presented that includes solutal convection and is an extension of a previously developed model for solidification of binary alloys. The model is applied to simulation of the solidification of ternary and quaternary Ni-based alloys. The role of solutal convection in the macrosegregation and the formation of freckles is analysed. Calculations show the effects of geometry and material properties on the convection patterns and the attendant segregation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-227
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 1998


  • Dendritic monocrystals
  • Directional solidification
  • Multicomponent alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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