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1Casting Defects Metal casters try to produce perfect castings. A few castings, however, are completely free of defects.Modern foundries have sophisticated inspection equipment which can detect small differences in size and a wide variety of external and even internal defects. For example, slight shrinkage on the back of a decorative wall plaque is acceptable whereas similar shrinkage on a position cannot be tolerated.No matter what the intended use, however, the goal of modern foundries is zero defects in all castings
2Scrap castings cause much concern. In industry, scrap results in smaller profits for the company and ultimately affects individual wages.Scrap meetings are held daily. Managers of all the major departments attend these meetings. They gather castings that have been identified as scrap by inspector. The defect is circled with chalk. An effort is made to analyze the cause of the defect, and the manager whose department was responsible for it is directed to take corrective action to eliminate that specific defect in future castings.There are so many variables in the production of a metal casting that the cause is often a combination of several factors rather than a single one.All pertinent data related to the production of the casting (sand and core properties, pouring temperature) must be known in order to identify the defect correctly.After the defect is identified attempt should be to eliminate the defect by taking appropriate corrective action.
6FINS OR FLASH ON CASTINGS -AsMetallic Projections Joint flash or fins. Flat projection of irregular thickness, often with lacy edges, perpendicular to one of the faces of the casting. It occurs along the joint or parting line of the mold, at a core print, or wherever two elements of the mold intersect.Possible CausesClearance between two elements of the mold or between mold and core;Poorly fit mold joint.RemediesCare in pattern making, molding and core making;Control of their dimensions;Care in core setting and mold assembly;Sealing of joints where possible.
7Flask was disturbed while investment was setting. Base was removed too soon.Flask was allowed to partially dry before dewaxing.Incorrect dewaxing or a furnace malfunction.Flask burned out and allowed to cool below (260oC) before casting reheating, flask allowed to cool between dewax and placement in preheated oven.Flask was improperly handled or dropped.Speed was set too high on centrifugal casting machine.Patterns were placed on one plane. The should be staggered on top rack.Incorrect water powder ratio was used.Not enough investment was placed over the patterns.Flask was placed too close to heat source in burnout oven.Flasks were not held at low burnout temperature long enough.
11DEFECTS IN CASTINGS- AS HOT TEARS - DUE TO CONSTRAINTS IN LOCATIONS, CASTINGS CANNOT SHRINK FREELY NITC
12CavitiesBlowholes, pinholes. Smooth-walled cavities, essentially spherical, often not contacting the external casting surface (blowholes). The largest cavities are most often isolated; the smallest (pinholes) appear in groups of varying dimensions.The interior walls of blowholes and pinholes can be shiny, more or less oxidized or, in the case of cast iron, can be covered with a thin layer of graphite. The defect can appear in all regions of the casting.
13Possible CausesBecause of gas entrapped in the metal during the course of solidification:Excessive gas content in metal bath (charge materials, melting method, atmosphere, etc.); Dissolved gases are released during solidification.In steel and cast irons: formation of carbon monoxide by the reaction of carbon and oxygen, presents as a gas or in oxide form. Blowholes from carbon monoxide may increase in size by diffusion of hydrogen or, less often, nitrogen.Excessive moisture in molds or cores.Core binders which liberate large amounts of gas.Excessive amounts of additives containing hydrocarbons.Blacking and washes which tend to liberate too much gas.Insufficient evacuation of air and gas from the mold cavity; -insufficient mold and core permeability.Entrainment of air due to turbulence in the runner system.
14RemediesMake adequate provision for evacuation of air and gas from the mold cavityIncrease permeability of mold and coresAvoid improper gating systemsAssure adequate baking of dry sand moldsControl moisture levels in green sand moldingReduce amounts of binders and additives used or change to other types; -use blackings and washes, which provide a reducing atmosphere; -keep the spree filled and reduce pouring heightIncrease static pressure by enlarging runner height.
15DiscontinuitiesHot cracking. A crack often scarcely visible because the casting in general has not separated into fragments. The fracture surfaces may be discolored because of oxidation. The design of the casting is such that the crack would not be expected to result from constraints during cooling.Possible CausesDamage to the casting while hot due to rough handling or excessive temperature at shakeout.RemediesCare in shakeout and in handling the casting while it is still hot;Sufficient cooling of the casting in the mold;For metallic molds; delay knockout, assure mold alignment, use ejector pins
16Defective SurfaceFlow marks. On the surfaces of otherwise sound castings, the defect appears as lines which trace the flow of the streams of liquid metal.Possible CausesOxide films which lodge at the surface, partially marking the paths of metal flow through the mold.RemediesIncrease mold temperature;Lower the pouring temperature;Modify gate size and location (for permanent molding by gravity or low pressure);Tilt the mold during pouring;In die casting: vapor blast or sand blast mold surfaces which are perpendicular, or nearly perpendicular, to the mold parting line.
17Incomplete CastingPoured short. The upper portion of the casting is missing. The edges adjacent to the missing section are slightly rounded, all other contours conform to the pattern. The spree, risers and lateral vents are filled only to the same height above the parting line, as is the casting (contrary to what is observed in the case of defect).Possible CausesInsufficient quantity of liquid metal in the ladle;Premature interruption of pouring due to workman’s error.RemediesHave sufficient metal in the ladle to fill the mold;Check the gating system;Instruct pouring crew and supervise pouring practice.
18Incorrect Dimensions or Shape Distorted casting. Inadequate thickness, extending over large areas of the cope or drag surfaces at the time the mold is rammed.Possible CausesRigidity of the pattern or pattern plate is not sufficient to withstand the ramming pressure applied to the sand. The result is an elastic deformation of the pattern and a corresponding, permanent deformation of the mold cavity. In diagnosing the condition, the compare the surfaces of the pattern with those of the mold itself.RemedyAssure adequate rigidity of patterns and pattern plates, especially when squeeze pressures are being increased.
19Inclusions or Structural Anomalies Metallic Inclusions. Metallic or intermetallic inclusions of various sizes which are distinctly different in structure and color from the base material, and most especially different in properties. These defects most often appear after machining.Possible CausesCombinations formed as intermetallics between the melt and metallic impurities (foreign impurities);Charge materials or alloy additions which have not completely dissolved in the melt;Exposed core wires or rods;During solidification, insoluble intermetallic compounds form and segregate, concentrating in the residual liquid.RemediesAssure that charge materials are clean; eliminate foreign metals;Use small pieces of alloying material and master alloys in making up the charge;Be sure that the bath is hot enough when making the additions;Do not make addition too near to the time of pouring;For nonferrous alloys, protect cast iron crucibles with a suitable wash coating
20Flask was not sufficiently cured before placing into burnout oven. INCLUSIONS (FOREIGN PARTICLES) IN CASTINGSPatterns were improperly sprued to wax base or tree or not filleted, causing investment to break at sharp corners during casting.Flask was not sufficiently cured before placing into burnout oven.Improper dewaxing cycle was used.Flask was not cleaned from prior cast.Loose investment in sprue hole.Molten metal contains excess flux or foreign oxides.Crucible disintegrating or poorly fluxed.Improperly dried graphite crucible.Investment was not mixed properly or long enough.Contaminants in wax pattern.Flask was not held at low burnout temperature long enough.Flask was placed too close to heat source in burnout oven.
21POROSITYPattern is improperly sprued. Sprues may be too thin, too long or not attached in the proper location, causing shrinkage porosity.Not enough metal reservoir to eliminate shrinkage porosity.Metal contains gas.Mold is too hot.Too much moisture in the flux.Too much remelt being used. Always use at least 50% new metal.Metal is overheated.Poor mold burnout.
22ROUGH CASTINGSA poor quality patternFlask was not sufficiently cured before placing into burnout oven.Flask was held in steam dewax too long.Metal, flask or both were too hot.Patterns were improperly sprued.Flask was placed too close to heat source in burnout oven.
23BUBBLES OR NODULES ON CASTINGS Vacuum pump is leaking air.Vacuum pump has water in the oil.Vacuum pump is low on oil.Investment not mixed properly or long enough.Invested flasks were not vibrated during vacuum cycle.Vacuum extended past working time.
24SPALLING (an area of the mold wall flakes into the mold cavity) Flask was placed into a furnace at low temperature (below 150oC) for an extended period.Flask was placed too close to the source of heat.Sharp corners are struck by metal at high centrifugal velocities.Improper burnout cycle was used.
25NON-FILL OR INCOMPLETE CASTINGS Metal was too cold when cast.Mold was too cold when cast.The burnout was not complete.Pattern was improperly sprued, creating turbulence when casting in a centrifugal casting machine.Centrifugal casting machine had too high revolution per minute.
26GROWTH-LIKE ROUGH CASTING THAT RESISTS REMOVAL IN PICKLING SOLUTION Burnout temperature too high.Mold temperature was too high when casting.Metal temperature was too high when casting.
27SHINY CASTINGSCarbon residue was left in the mold, creating a reducing condition on the surface.
28AVERAGE SURFACE ROUGHNESS VALUES BY VARIOUS PROCESSES NITC
29DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS CAREFUL CONTROL OF LARGE NUMBER OF VARIABLES NEEDED-CHARACTERISTICS OF METALS & ALLOYS CASTMETHOD OF CASTINGMOULD AND DIE MATERIALSMOULD DESIGNPROCESS PARAMETERS- POURING, TEMPERATURE,GATING SYSTEMRATE OF COOLING Etc.Etc.NITC
30DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS Poor casting practices, lack of control of process variables- DEFECTIVE CASTINGSTO AVOID DEFECTS-Basic economic factors relevant to casting operations to be studied.General guidelines applied for all types of castings to be studied.DESIGN CONSIDERATIONSNITC
31CORNERS, ANGLES AND SECTION THICKNESS Sharp corners, angles, fillets to be avoidedCause cracking and tearing during solidificationFillet radii selection to ensure proper liquid metal flow- 3mm to 25 mm.Too large- volume large & rate of cooling lessLocation with largest circle inscribed critical.Cooling rate lessshrinkage cavities & porosities result-Called HOT SPOTSNITC
32DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- AVOID SHARP CORNERSMAINTAIN UNIFORM CROSS SECTIONSAVOID SHRINKAGE CAVITIESUSE CHILLS TO INCREASE THE RATE OF COOLINGSTAGGER INTERSECTING REGIONS FORUNIFORM CROSS SECTIONSREDESIGN BY MAKING PARTING LINE STRAIGHTAVOID THE USE OF CORES, IF POSSIBLEMAINTAIN SECTION THICKNESS UNIFORMITYBY REDESIGNING (in die cast products)NITC
33LARGE FLAT AREAS TO BE AVOIDED- WARPING DUE TO TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS ALLOWANCES FOR SHRINKAGE TO BE PROVIDEDPARTING LINE TO BE ALONG A FLAT PLANE-GOOD AT CORNERS OR EDGES OF CASTINGDRAFT TO BE PROVIDEDPERMISSIBLE TOLERANCES TO BE USEDMACHINING ALLOWANCES TO BE MADERESIDUAL STRESSES TO BE AVOIDEDALL THESE FOR EXPENDABLE MOULD CASTINGS.NITC
34DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- AVOID SHARP CORNERS TO REDUCE STRESS CONCENTRATIONS NITC
35DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- MAINTAIN UNIFORM CROSS SECTIONS TO AVOID HOT SPOTS AND SHRINKAGE CAVITIESNITC
36DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- GOOD DESIGN PRACTICE NITC
37DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- STAGGERING OF INTERSECTING REGIONS NITC
38DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- SECTION THICKNESS UNIFORMITY MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT PART NITC
40DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- USE OF METAL PADDING (CHILLS) TO INCREASE RATE OF COOLING NITC
41DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- MAKING PARTING LINE STRAIGHT NITC
42DESIGN MODIFICATIONS TO AVOID DEFECTS- IN DESIGN NITC
43INSPECTION OF CASTINGS SEVERAL METHODSVISUALOPTICAL- FOR SURFACE DEFECTSSUBSURFACE AND INTERNAL DEFECTSTHROUGH NDTs & DTsPRESSURE TIGHTNESS OF VALVES BY SEALING THE OPENING AND PRESSURISING WITH WATER
48PROCESS FLOW CHART RECEIPT OF ORDER (REVIEW) ARE THE TERMS ACCEPTED? NO COMMUNICATE NEGOTIATEYESPREPARE WORK ORDERWORK ORDER TO Q.C, INSPECTION, PLANNING, METHODS, PRODUCTION AND DESPATCH
49STAGE ISPECTION- NOT OK, REJECT ROUGH FETTLING, FINISH FETTLING, PRODUCTION PLANMETHOD DRAWING, QA DATA, PATTERN PLANMOULDINGWORK ORDER, CORE MAKING, HEAT CONFORMATIONMELTING AND POURINGFOR THESE, LAB TEST REPORTSKNOCK OUTSTAGE ISPECTION- NOT OK, REJECTOK, SHOT BLASTING, GAS CUTTING/ARC CUTTINGASTM STANDARDSHEAT TREATMENTROUGH FETTLING, FINISH FETTLING,INSPECTION
50NDT- CUSTOMER REPORT, NOT OK, WELDING & RECTIFICATION WELDING LOG SHEETRE-INSPECTION, NOT OK- REJECTMACHINE - IF REQUIREDSTRESS RELIEFHYDRAULIC TESTS Etc.TEST CERTIFICATE DESPATCH DOCUMENTS, PACKING, Etc. Etc.
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52It works on the vertically parted molding principle of blowing green sand into the mold chamber, which is subsequently squeezed into flaskless molds. In the inaugural installation, the DISA 280B is replacing a horizontal green sand molding line of a similar flask/box size. The foundry is making the switch from its existing horizontal molding arrangement to the large-scale vertically parted machine to gain competitiveness through productivity gains and enhanced casting quality. These improvements are fundamental to the foundry’s success in its market sector.NEWS FROM NET
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54NEWS FROM NETThe contract includes the design and changeover of existing horizontal patterns to a vertical orientation. This assures that the foundry will be able to continue to use more than 98% of its existing patterns. The foundry expects to begin production without any compatibility problems as the new line takes the same position of the existing mold line on the foundry floor. .
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