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Optimization of Composition and Heat Treating of Die Steels for Extended Lifetime

Description: An ''average'' die casting die costs fifty thousand dollars. A die used in making die cast aluminum engine blocks can cost well over one million dollars. These costs provide a strong incentive for extension of die life. While vacuum quenched Premium Grade H13 dies have become the most widely used in the United States, tool makers and die casters are constantly searching for new steels and heat treating procedures to extend die life. This project was undertaken to investigate the effects of composition and heat treating on die life and optimize these parameters.
Date: January 30, 2002
Creator: Schwam, David; Wallace, John F. & Zhou, Quanyou
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