2010 Volume 50 Issue 12 Pages 1797-1804
A mathematical model of the continuous casting process has been developed which couples metal, slag and gas flow with heat flux and solidification. An extensive sensitivity study has been carried out with this model, studying the influence of changing casting conditions upon a number of quantifiable model predictions (i.e. responses). The casting conditions studied were: casting speed, mould flux properties (viscosity, break temperature), mould oscillation frequency and stroke, and superheat. The model was then applied to determine the influence of each of these parameters on the variations in: powder consumption (lubrication), heat flux (solidification) and oscillation mark formation (defects). It is shown that all three responses vary in a consistent manner through the cycle. Equations are derived for the powder consumption and heat flux, showing good agreement with prior experimental data.