Non-metallic Particles Manipulation in Liquid Metals During Electromagnetic Processing
Pyrometallurgy Research Centre, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland Brisbane, 4072, Australia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Zhi Sun
Pyrometallurgy Research Centre
School of Chemical Engineering
The University of Queensland Brisbane
Received Date: July 29, 2012; Accepted Date: August 02, 2012; Published Date: August 06, 2012
Citation: Sun Z (2012) Non-metallic Particles Manipulation in Liquid Metals During Electromagnetic Processing. J Powder Metall Min 1:e102. doi: 10.4172/2168-9806.1000e102
Copyright: © 2012 Sun Z. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Research in manipulation of non-metallic particles in a liquid metal by using an electromagnetic (EM) field is promoted by both the requirement of more efficient materials design and the development of cost-effective electromagnetic apparatus. The particles of sub/micrometer sizes can be agglomorated, segregated, aligned and/ or removed by applying a suitable EM field during liquid metal processing. The effciency and applicability depends highly on the nature of the particles and the difference from the liquid metal matrix. In the present paper, the fundaments/physics of non-metallic particles manipulation by EM processing are discussed and some potential application possiblities in industry are proposed.