The Effect of Curing Time on Water Content in the Metal Casting Process

1Nia Nuraeni Suryaman, Heru Santoso, Adhita Prasetia


Silica sand is one type of sand that is often used by industries engaged in metal casting. This is because silica sand is used as a molding material. Besides being easily formed, this silica sand when mixed with chemicals such as resins and catalysts will achieve maximum hardness. In order to achieve the maximum strength of the sand mold, a curing time process is needed. After the molding material is mixed and stirred, the drying time starts to be calculated. Achieve maximum strength because the mixture reacts during curing time. This study aims to observe and study the effect of differences in curing time on the water content of alphaset molds. Curing time variations are at 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours. This research went through several stages of testing, including: sand distribution testing, compression test, water content test, LOI testing and SEM testing. The focus of this research is testing the water content. A good sample used for alphaset molding is one that has no water content. The results showed that samples that could be used were those that had curing time of 6 hours, 8 hours and 72 hours. This is because at the curing time it has a water content of 0%.


silica sand, alphaset molding, curing time, metal casting.

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