Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4520 - Die Casting

Catalog Description:

A study of the elements of the process and control limits to produce sound castings. An analysis of gating systems will be evaluated with industry computer programs. Alloys will be studied in relation to parts being produced.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: IME 2540, (MSE 2540 or ME 2500). Recommended IME 3520.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Understanding metal casting design principle (IME 3520).
  2. Fundamental understanding of metallurgy related to metal casting alloys and the related processing parameters (IME 3520).

Course Objectives:

  1. To understand the importance of die casting in an industrial society. (j)
  2. Perform PQ 2 analysis to optimizing the die casting process. (a, b & f)
  3. To understand the process control aspects of the die casting industry. (c & k)
  4. Work safely in teams and solve die casting related problems. (e & f)

Letter in parenthesis refers to ABET EAC Criterion 3 / TAC Criterion 2, categories a – k.

Performance Criteria:

Objective 1:

  • Document the historical, contemporary, and future significance of the die casting industry. (1 & 4)
  • Be familiar with current literature in the die casting field. (5)
  • Identify educational and career opportunities available in the die casting industry. (5)
  • Identify the technical aspects of die casting. (1-9)

Objective 2:

  • I dentify defects found on die castings. (3, 6, 7 & 9)
  • Identify the major processing parameters in die casting. (6-9)

Objective 3:

  • Demonstrate the safe operation of die casting equipment. (6-9)
  • PQ 2 analysis and interpretation of data for process optimization (1, 2, 3, 4 & 5)

Numbers in brackets refer to the method of evaluation as listed in Evaluation.

Course Coordinator:

Sam Ramrattan, Ph.D.
FEF Key Professor

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
F-218 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: (269) 276-3373

Revision Date: Spring 2010


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