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Preface

This book, Fundamental of Die Casting Design, describes the fundamental of design of the die casting process and die mold/runner. It is intended for people who have at least some knowledge of the basics of fundamental science, such as calculus, physics etc. This book will benefit the die casting engineer (the project and process engineers) as well as managers and anyone else who deals with the die casting operations will find this information useful.

The structure of this book is such that many of the chapters should be usable independently. For example, if you need information about, say, diagram, you can read just chapter [*]. I hope this makes the book easier to use as a reference manual. However, this manuscript is first and foremost a text book, and secondly a reference manual only as a lucky coincidence.

I have tried to describe why the theories are the way they are, rather than just listing ``seven easy steps'' for each task. This means a lot of information is presented which is not necessary for everyone. These explanations have been marked as such and can be skipped.Reading everything will, naturally, increase your understanding of the fundamentals of die casting design.

This work was done on a volunteer basis: I believe professionals working in the die casting design field will benefit from this information and that this is the best way to get the information out to all people in this profession. I also believe that information/``stories'' of die casting design must be told. My experience has been that the ``cartel'' of ``scientists'', and in general of the die casting establishment, have controlled what information is shared. Like all volunteer work, there is a limit to how much effort I have been able to put into book and its' research. Most of my knowledge of die casting was developed in the Twin Cities and Tel-Aviv. It never has been funded. Hence, this knowledge has limits and more research is welcome. This book will be better when good research projects are funded and outstanding scientists (such as Prof. Eckert of U. of M.) carry it out. Moreover, due to my poor English and time limitation, the explanations are not as good as if I had a few years to perfect them. As you read, you will notice I have not worked out all the details of the explanations/examples in some areas where my research and knowledge have not yet matured. At present, there is no satisfactory theory/model/knowledge in these areas. I have left some issues which have unsatisfactory explanations/knowledge in the book, however marked with a question mark. I hope to write about these area in the future.

I have tried to make this text of the highest quality possible and am interested in your comments and ideas on how to make it better. Bad language, errors, ideas for new areas to cover, rewritten sections, more fundamental material, more mathematics (or less mathematics); I am interested in all. If you want to be involved in the editing, graphic design, or proofreading, please drop me a line. You may contact me via eMail at .

Several people have helped me with this book, directly or indirectly. I would like to especially thank Prof. R.E.G. Eckert, whose work on dimensionless analysis study of die casting was the inspiration for this book. I would like to acknowledge that some of the material in this book was revised due to George Wilson of Sparta Light Metal,Inc.

The symbol META need to add typographical conventions for blurb here. This is mostly for the author's purposes and also for your amusement. There are also notes in the margin, but those are for the author's purposes only. They will be remove in the next edition.

I encourage anyone with a penchant for writing, editing, graphic ability, LATEX knowledge, and a desire to carry out experiments to join me in improving this book. If you have Internet e-mail access, you can contact me at .


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