Cast iron can be modified to optimize its mechanical and physical properties. Researchers at DOE’s Argonne National Lab used “synchrotron X-ray analysis” to gain a deeper understanding the material’s structural formation.
Foundries know much about the characteristics and behavior of cast iron, and how to modify it during melting and alloying, and how to handle it during casting, in order to achieve the optimal mechanical and physical properties (e.g., material strength, or corrosion resistance) for a specific product application. This, among other factors, makes iron a material of choice in transportation and machinery industries, wherein cast iron's different qualities offer many options for design, ...
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