On the basis of the observations of the WTEC team, it appears that Japanese universities and research institutes are leading long-term R&D thrusts for the development of new materials casting technologies. Significant efforts include amorphous metals, intermetallics, application of MHD in the continuous casting of steel, and energy efficient furnace technology. Industrial R&D seems focused more on process improvements than on new product technologies, but significant efforts in new cast materials included cast metal matrix composites, materials substitutions for thinner thin wall products, and advanced ceramic products for foundry industry applications.

Published: March 1997; WTEC Hyper-Librarian