Table of Contents
Journal of Metallurgy
Volume 2014, Article ID 637031, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/637031
Research Article

On the Designing, Efficiency, and Stirring Force of an Induction Coil for the Processing of Prototype Al Based Nanocomposites

School of Materials and Chemical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad 46000, Pakistan

Received 29 September 2014; Accepted 16 December 2014; Published 31 December 2014

Academic Editor: Brij Kumar Dhindaw

Copyright © 2014 Muhammad Mansoor and Muhammad Shahid. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Induction melting could be a potential fabrication method for aluminum matrix nanocomposites, owing to its characteristics stirring action and rapid heating. In the present work, an induction coil for small scale composite fabrication was designed through geometric, thermal, and electromagnetic analyses. Subsequently, the designed coil was simulated for its thermal efficiency and stirring force using finite element method magnetics software. The designed coil yielded more than 60% of the total energy supplied into thermal efficiency with a stirring force <3 mN, which could be significant for efficient melting and stirring to fabricate the aluminum matrix nanocomposites.