Ductile Cast Iron

Ductile Cast Iron  Ductile cast iron also known as nodular cast iron, spheroidal graphite iron or SG iron, and spherulitic cast iron. The ductile iron process was developed by The International Nickel Company in 1948. As the name ductile iron suggests this grade of cast iron has a degree of ductility. The main characteristic of this material is the structure of the graphite. Ductile iron is a family of cast graphitic irons which possess high strength, ductility and resistance to shock. Annealed cast ductile iron can be bent, twisted or deformed without fracturing. Its strength, toughness and ductility duplicate many grades of steel and far exceed those of standard gray irons. Yet it possesses the advantages of design flexibility and low cost casting procedures similar to gray iron. The difference between ductile iron and gray iron is in the graphite formation. Ordinary gray iron is characterized by a random flake graphite pattern in the metal. In ductile iron the addition of a few hundredths of 1 % of magnesium or cerium causes the graphite to form in small spheroids rather than flakes. These create fewer discontinuities in the structure of the metal and produce a stronger, more ductile iron. This nodular graphite structure inhibits the creation of linear cracks hence the ability to withstand distortion. Fig 1 shows typical micro structure of ductile iron. Fig 1 Typical micro structure of ductile iron  With ductile iron, the safety and reliability of process equipment is improved. The improved mechanical properties increase its resistance to breakage from physical load, or mechanical and thermal shock far above that of gray iron. The corrosion resistance of ductile iron is equal or superior to gray cast iron and to cast steel in many corrosives. Its wear resistance is comparable to...