The squeeze casting process is well known for its ability to produce castings with good integrity due to
the high direct pressure application on the liquid metal during solidification. This concept has been used
to squeeze infiltrate fibre preforms with liquid metal for metal-matrix composite (MMC) production.
Squeeze casting employs fast cycle times to produce high integrity castings. The squeeze casting process
is, however, limited in terms of shape complexity and flexibility (e.g. thin sections). One-offs or small
production runs become very expensive to produce because of the complex nature and high cost of the die
steel tooling. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.