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Section: New Results

Inverse problem governed by Maxwell equations

Participant : Jean Roche.

This work is performed in collaboration with José Herskovits Norman (UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Electromagnetic forces allow contactless heating, shaping and controlling of chemical aggressive, hot melts. Applications of this industrial technique are electromagnetic shaping of aluminium ingots using soft-contact confinement of the liquid metal, electromagnetic shaping of components of aeronautical engines made of superalloy materials (Ni,Ti,...), control of the structure solidification, etc ...

We study a two-dimensional magnetostatic inverse shaping problem: can one find a distribution of electric current in order that the horizontal cross-section of the molten metal have a prescribed shape? This is a very important problem that one needs to solve in order to define a process of electromagnetic liquid metal forming. In addition, from a practical point of view, the magnetic field has to be created by a simple configuration of inductors.

Under suitable assumptions, the equilibrated configurations are described by a set of equations expressing an equilibrium relation on the boundary between electromagnetic and surface tension forces (and gravity in three-dimensional models). This equilibrium relation involves the curvature of the boundary and the solution of an elliptic exterior boundary value problem. The equilibrated shape has been shown to be the stationary state of the total energy subject to the constraint that the surface area (the volume in three-dimensional problems) is prescribed.

The goal of this work is to give an algorithm to locate suitable inductors around the molten metal so that the equilibrated shape be as near as possible to a desired one. Two different approaches are proposed, the first one seeks for a set of inductors such that the distance between the equilibrated shape and the given target one is minimized. The second approach looks for a set of inductors such that a slack function related to the equilibrium relation on the boundary of the target shape is minimized. New results are obtained in [21][33] . In a new paper to appear   [44] we consider the more realistic case where the inductors are composed by a set of bundled vertical electric wires made of insulated strands. We are interested to determine the position and shape of the package of strands in order to have an horizontal cross-section of the molten metal as close as possible to a prescribed shape.


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