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Cast Iron

Last updated: April 19, 2019

What Does Cast Iron Mean?

Cast iron is one of the group of carbon-iron alloys that can easily be molten and poured (casted) into any desired shape due to its 2% carbon content. Cast iron is preferred for manufacturing equipment or materials whose melting point temperature must remain low during their operation.

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Corrosionpedia Explains Cast Iron

There are two types of cast iron available for manufacturing purposes:

  1. White cast iron is a type of cast iron in which the carbon content is present almost 2% more than a simple alloy in the form of cementite. For this reason, when white cast iron is fractured, it exhibits a whitish-silver like fracture.
  2. Grey cast iron is a type of cast iron in which the carbon content is present almost 2% more than a simple alloy in the form of a graphitic microstructure. Due to the presence of graphite, it is relatively inexpensive, durable and easily malleable.
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