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Larranaga P.,Research Center Metalurgica | Sertucha J.,Research Center Metalurgica
Revista de Metalurgia (Madrid) | Year: 2010

The grey iron casting manufacture is an industrial process extendly used today. Therefore, the study of the solidification features obtained from this iron and the factors that have influence on such transition becomes a powerful tool in order to support the technological development of this type of material. In the present work, three inoculated alloys with different chemical compositions (hypoeutectic, eutectic and hypereutectic) have been selected so as to comparatively analyse the structural characteristics of the irons during the liquid-solid transformation. The behaviour of the samples has been controlled recording the cooling curves and then they have been quenched in order to study the structural characteristics at different stages of the solidification. The selected alloys show different solidification features as a function of the chemical composition and the corresponding nucleation potential. The obtained results have been discussed in terms of a comparative analysis, establishing a solidification model that explains the industrial behaviour of the alloys.

Urrestarazu A.,L.E.S.S. | Sertucha J.,Research Center Metalurgica | Suarez R.,Research Center Metalurgica | Alvarez-Ilzarbe I.,L.E.S.S.
Revista de Metalurgia | Year: 2013

The features and suitability of high requirements ductile iron castings production using metallic moulds have been studied in the present work. The structural and mechanical properties of the produced castings have been analysed and compared to the corresponding ones but fabricated using green sand moulds according to a conventional production process. The higher cooling rate in the metallic moulds is the main cause for the appearance of the detected structural changes in castings. The mechanical and microstructural properties obtained directly on castings are remarkable due to the higher nodule count among other factors. Finally, the benefits and inconveniences found in this kind of production methodology using metallic moulds are also discussed.

Asenjo I.,Research Center Metalurgica | Larranaga P.,Research Center Metalurgica | Sertucha J.,Research Center Metalurgica
Revista de Metalurgia (Madrid) | Year: 2011

Chunky graphite is a degenerated graphite form which can be found in the thermal centre of ductile iron heavy section castings. Previous studies made on cubic blocks (300 and 180 mm in side) manufactured using alloys with fully ferritic matrix structures show that low cooling rates, excessive post-inoculation and high silicon and/or cerium contents in the melts are the most important factors that promote this kind of defect. The enhancement of these critical factors led to obtain chunky graphite in sections lower than 50 mm. Different experimental conditions have been used in order to establish the main parameters that affect this graphite malformation. The use of cutting-edge techniques in the analysis of chemical compositions has revealed that no significant differences can be found when comparing chunky areas and well-formed spheroidal graphite areas. On the other hand, it has not been possible to establish any correlation between the oxygen contents and the scale of the defect. However, it is noteworthy that the oxygen content is related to the use of magnesium or cerium as nodulizer agent.

Asenjo I.,Research Center Metalurgica | Larranaga P.,Research Center Metalurgica | Garay J.,Research Center Metalurgica | Sertucha J.,Research Center Metalurgica
Revista de Metalurgia (Madrid) | Year: 2011

Different commercial steel scraps have been selected so as to analyse the outcome of their use as raw materials and to evaluate their applicability in the production of ductile iron castings. These selected steels show an important chemical variability mainly depending on their origin and on their previous utilisation. According to that, alloying elements added through these materials have been determined and their effects on the structural characteristics and the mechanical properties of test-castings with different shape and size have been studied. The most important element added is manganese, which is included in all the selected scraps with contents higher than 0.2 %. Other elements are: copper, chromium, tin, titanium and vanadium. All of them are known as pearlite promoters apart from titanium and vanadium. Therefore, these elements can be used for manufacturing casting containing pearlitic and/or mixed ferritic and pearlitic structures. No carbides were found in all the test castings.

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