Investigation of Thermal Performance of Mold Copper Plate in Slab Continuous Casting

Xingzhong Zhang*, 1, Zhengyi Jiang2, Qiang Zhang3, Chunxia Dou4
1 College of Mechanical Engineering, Yanshan University,Qinhuangdao, 066004 P.R. China
2 School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia
3 Shanxi Rolling Equipment Company, Xi’an, 711711 P.R. China
4 College of Electrical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, 066004 P.R. China

© 2011 Zhang et al

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Based on the cooling parameters of the mold copper plate for slab continuous casting in a steelmaking plant, the three-dimensional calculating model of the copper plate was established, and three-dimensional distributions of temperature, thermal stress and strain were simulated numerically by using finite element method (FEM). The maximum deformation of the mold copper plate, the highest temperature and thermal stress were obtained. This research is useful for the structure design of the mold.

Keywords: Slab continuous casting, mold copper plate, temperature, thermal stress, thermal deformation.