Dissolution of stoichiometric multi-component particles in ternary alloys is an important process occurring during the heat treatment of as-cast aluminium alloys prior to hot-extrusion. A mathematical model is proposed to describe such a process. In this model an equation is given to determine the position of the particle interface in time, using two diffusion equations which are coupled by nonlinear boundary conditions at the interface. Moreover the well-posedness of the moving boundary problem is investigated using the maximum principle for the parabolic partial differential equation. Furthermore, for an unbounded domain and planar co-ordinates an analytical asymptotic approximation based on self-similarity is derived. This asymptotic approximation gives insight into the well-posedness of the problem.

Modelling, Analysis and Simulation [MAS]

Vermolen, F.J, & Vuik, C. (1998). A vector valued Stefan problem from aluminium industry. Modelling, Analysis and Simulation [MAS]. CWI.