Casting quality and yield are directly impacted by gating design. This course guides participants through the basic functions of gating and risers to provide clean, sound and functional castings. An introduction to fluid flow and solidification will serve to guide participants through key design concepts of various function elements of a good gating and riser design. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on activities, animations, and simulations to enhance understanding of the filling and solidification processes in a foundry. Focus will be on practical examples in iron, steel, aluminum, and copper castings. The goal will be to introduce the participants the basics of gating and riser design, common industry norms and troubleshooting.
Patrick Kluesner, AAM/Advanced Technology Development Center
Patrick Kluesner, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, served as a Training Engineer at MAGMA and recently accepted a position with AAM. He taught basic and advanced simulation techniques, with an emphasis on HPDC and sand casting. When not teaching, he was also responsible for creating content for seminars, webinars, and online tutorials for defect analysis and resolution.
Dr. Sudesh Kannan, Consultant
Dr. Sudesh Kannan helps foundries reduce their casting scrap and rework rates to improve their profitability. With over 20 years of global foundry support, Kannan has helped businesses generate new products and services and tackled commercialization challenges of new technologies. He has authored over 25 technical papers, conference publications, and has been printed in Modern Casting and AFS Transactions. His background includes service with Selee, Praxair, St. Gobain and the University of Maryland. Kannan has a Ph.D. in materials science from UVA.