Solidification Course


The Solidification Course is now a well recognized event. Repeated every year for the past 21 years, it has brought together in all 735 participants from 278 industrial companies and 37 countries. Dedicated to metallurgists and foundry engineers, this course is oriented towards the application of solidification theories to industrial casting processes. Special emphasis is given to the control of microstructural features and defect reduction.

This one-week course, held in English, is co-organized by Calcom ESI, the Swiss Federal Institute at Lausanne and the French School of Mines at Nancy. It is taught by renowned lecturers from Switzerland, France, the United States, and Austria. Exercises, discussions, films and computer demonstrations are used to apply, practice and visualize the content of the lectures. The number of participants is limited to 35, which allows for extensive interaction between participants and lecturers.

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Metallurgists and foundry engineers


The application of solidification theories to industrial processes


Degree in materials science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, physics or chemistry

Course content

Day 1:

  • Introduction / Overview of solidification phenomena
  • Phase diagrams: lecture and exercises
  • Heat and mass transfer: lecture and exercises
  • Nucleation and grain refinement in alloys
  • In-situ visualization of solidification (films)

Day 2:

  • Microsegregation: lecture and exercises
  • Dendritic structures
  • Mushy zone modeling
  • Eutectic solidification and microstructure selection: lecture and exercises

Day 3:

  • Microporosity: lecture and exercises
  • Modeling of columnar and equiaxed solidification

Day 4:

  • Macrosegregation: lecture and exercises
  • Solidification path in multi-component systems: lecture and exercises
  • Thermomechanics
  • Computer presentation (Coupling of solidification phenomena)

Day 5:

  • Hot tearing: lecture and exercises
  • Synthesis; Linking solidification phenomena
  • Concluding remarks
1 week
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