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Basics of Gray Iron Casting Design: 10 Rules for Engineered Quality

With attention to these key dos and don’ts of engineering gray iron castings, you can ensure fewer design-related defects and optimized cast geometry.

In its simplest form, casting involves using a pattern to form a mold cavity into which molten metal is poured, solidifies and becomes a component. In actuality, the process begins before the pattern is made, at the point when an engineer decides on the best design for the component. Only with a working knowledge of what a foundry can and can’t do can an engineer design a truly efficient part— one that takes advantage of both material and specific casting process advantages.

Gray iron is one of the most versatile metals, but a knowledge of its distinct characteristics is integral to an efficient design. This article details 10 rules of gray iron design. Equipped with this basic knowledge, an engineer will have a good basis for optimizing cast components.

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10 Rules for Engineered Quality
  1. Visualize the Casting in the Mold
  2. Design for Soundness
  3. Avoid Sharp Angles and Corners
  4. Minimize the Number of Sections
  5. Employ Uniform Sections
  6. Correctly Proportion Inner Walls
  7. Fillet All Sharp Angles
  8. Avoid Abrupt Section Changes
  9. Maximize Design of Ribs and Brackets
  10. Avoid Using Bosses, Lugs, and Pads

This article was adopted from a section of Casting World Magazine. Reprinted with permission.