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Crystalline (red) and fluid (green) patterns that illustrate the impact of the bias field that the researchers indicate guides solidification in metals.

Reanalyzed Data Sheds Light on Solidification Process

Materials science researchers have discovered a “bias field” that influences crystallization in molten metal

Most metalcasters and casting designers probably feel they understand solidification in their work or research — how metals transition from molten or fluid state into solid form, the variable factors that affect the results, and how to evaluate good solidification versus defective results. Recently two researchers announced they have made a “fundamental discovery” that may expand everyone’s understanding of the solidification process, with potential effects for

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