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The Production of Iron Castings Is Pursuing the Production Without Riser. How to Improve the Production Process?

Aug. 11, 2020

Based on the solidification characteristics of ductile iron, it is believed that ductile iron parts are prone to shrinkage and shrinkage defects, so it is difficult to achieve riser-free casting. The conditions of molten iron composition, pouring temperature, chilled iron process, mold strength and rigidity, inoculation treatment, molten iron filtration and casting modulus, etc., which should be possessed for realizing the nodular cast iron without riser casting process, are described. Large modulus castings are used. And the example of casting process of small modulus castings corroborated my point of view. Fork truck accessories manufacturer to share with you.

1. The solidification characteristics of ductile iron

The different solidification methods of nodular cast iron and gray cast iron are caused by the different growth methods of nodular graphite and flake graphite.

In hypoeutectic gray iron, graphite begins to precipitate at the edge of primary austenite. The two sides of the graphite flakes are surrounded by austenite to absorb graphite from the austenite and become thicker. The tip of the graphite flake is in the liquid. Absorb graphite and grow.

In spheroidal graphite cast iron, since graphite is spherical, the graphite balls begin to absorb graphite around after precipitation. The surrounding liquid becomes solid austenite and surrounds the graphite balls because of the decrease in the amount of w(C); Surrounded by austenite, the only carbon that can be absorbed from the austenite is relatively limited, while the carbon in the liquid diffuses slowly into the graphite ball through the solid, and being surrounded by austenite limits its growth; therefore Even though the carbon equivalent of ductile iron is much higher than that of gray cast iron, the graphitization of ductile iron is more difficult, so there is not enough graphitization expansion to offset solidification shrinkage; therefore, ductile iron is prone to shrinkage.

In addition, the thickness of the austenite layer that wraps the graphite ball is generally 1.4 times the diameter of the graphite ball, which means that the larger the graphite ball, the thicker the austenite layer, and the more difficult it is for the carbon in the liquid to transfer to the graphite ball through austenite. Big.

The fundamental reason why low silicon ductile iron is prone to white mouth is also the solidification method of ductile iron. As described above, due to the difficulty of graphitization of ductile iron, there is not enough latent heat of crystallization generated by graphitization to be released into the mold, which increases the degree of supercooling, and the graphite does not have time to precipitate to form cementite. In addition, spheroidal graphite cast iron has rapid growth and decline, which is also one of the factors that is extremely prone to overcooling.

2. Conditions for nodular cast iron without riser casting

It is not difficult to see from the solidification characteristics of ductile iron that it is more difficult to achieve riser-free casting of ductile iron parts. Based on my many years of practical experience in production, the author has made some generalizations and summaries about the conditions required for nodular cast iron to realize the riser-free casting process, and share it with colleagues here.

2.1 Selection of molten iron composition

(1) Carbon equivalent (CE)

Under the same conditions, tiny graphite is easy to dissolve in molten iron and is not easy to grow; as graphite grows, the growth rate of graphite becomes faster, so the primary graphite is produced before the eutectic in the molten iron to promote the solidification of the eutectic Graphitization is very advantageous. The molten iron with hypereutectic composition can meet such conditions, but the excessively high CE value causes the graphite to grow up before the eutectic solidifies, and when it grows to a certain size, the graphite starts to float, causing graphite floating defects. At this time, the volume expansion caused by graphitization will only cause the molten iron level to rise, which is not only meaningless for the feeding of the casting, but also because the graphite absorbs a large amount of carbon when it is in the liquid state, it will cause the molten iron to solidify during the eutectic The low amount of w(C) in the medium cannot produce enough eutectic graphite, and it cannot offset the shrinkage caused by eutectic solidification. Practice has proved that it is ideal to be able to control the CE value between 4.30% and 4.50%.

(2) Silicon (Si)

It is generally believed that in Fe-C-Si alloys, Si is a graphitizing element, and a high amount of w (Si) is beneficial to graphitization expansion and can reduce the occurrence of shrinkage holes. Few people know that Si hinders eutectic solidification graphitization. Therefore, no matter from the perspective of feeding or preventing the generation of fragmented graphite, as long as the white mouth can be prevented by measures such as strengthening inoculation, the amount of w (Si) must be reduced as much as possible.

(3) Carbon (C)

Under the condition of reasonable CE value, increase the amount of w(C) as much as possible. Facts have proved that the w(C) content of ductile iron is controlled at 3.60%~3.70%, and the casting has the smallest shrinkage.

(4) Sulfur (S)

S is the main element that hinders the spheroidization of graphite. The main purpose of spheroidization is to remove S. However, the rapid inoculation and decline of ductile iron is directly related to the low amount of w(S); therefore, an appropriate amount of w(S) is necessary . The amount of w(S) can be controlled at about 0.015%, and the nucleation of MgS can be used to increase the graphite core particles to increase the number of graphite spheres and reduce the decline.

(5) Magnesium (Mg)

Mg is also an element that hinders graphitization, so under the premise that the spheroidization rate can reach more than 90%, Mg should be as low as possible. Under the condition that the original molten iron w(O) and w(S) are not high, the residual w(Mg) content can be controlled within 0.03%~0.04% is the most ideal.

(6) Other elements

Mn, P, Cr and other elements that hinder graphitization are as low as possible.

Pay attention to the influence of trace elements, such as Ti. When the amount of w (Ti) is low, it is an element that strongly promotes graphitization. At the same time, Ti is an element that forms carbides and an element that affects spheroidization and promotes the production of vermicular graphite. Therefore, the lower the amount of w (Ti), the better . The author’s company once had a very mature non-riser casting process. Due to a temporary shortage of raw materials, pig iron with a w(Ti) content of 0.1% was used. The castings produced not only had surface shrinkage, but also a concentrated type inside after processing. Shrinkage.

In short, pure raw materials are beneficial to improve the self-feeding capacity of ductile iron.

2.2 Pouring temperature

Experiments have shown that the pouring temperature of ductile iron from 1350°C to 1500°C has no obvious effect on the shrinkage volume of the casting, but the shrinkage cavity gradually changes from the concentrated type to the dispersed type. The size of graphite balls gradually increases with the increase of pouring temperature, and the number of graphite balls gradually decreases. Therefore, it is not necessary to demand a too low pouring temperature, as long as the mold strength is sufficient to resist the static pressure of the molten iron, the pouring temperature can be higher. The molten iron is used to heat the mold to reduce the degree of supercooling during the eutectic solidification, so that the graphitization has sufficient time to proceed. However, the pouring speed should be as fast as possible to minimize the temperature difference of the molten iron in the mold.

2.3 Cold iron

Based on the experience of using cold iron and the above theoretical analysis, the claim that cold iron can eliminate shrinkage defects is not accurate. On the one hand, the partial use of cold iron (such as perforated parts) can only transfer the shrinkage cavity rather than eliminate it; on the other hand, the use of cold iron in a large area can achieve the effect of reducing feeding or no riser. Unconsciously increasing the mold strength instead of cold iron reduces liquid or eutectic solidification shrinkage. In fact, if the cold iron is used too much, it will affect the growth of the graphite ball and the degree of graphitization, on the contrary it will increase the shrinkage.

2.4 Mould strength and stiffness

Since ductile iron mostly chooses eutectic or hypereutectic composition, it takes longer for the molten iron to cool to the eutectic temperature in the mold, that is, the hydrostatic pressure of the cast mold is longer than the eutectic composition. If the gray cast iron is longer, the mold is more prone to compressive deformation. When the volume increase caused by graphitization expansion cannot offset the liquid shrinkage + solidification shrinkage + mold deformation volume, shrinkage cavities are inevitable. Therefore, sufficient mold rigidity and compressive strength are important conditions for realizing riser-free casting. There are many sand-coated iron casting processes to realize riser-free casting is the proof of this theory.

2.5 Inoculation

The powerful inoculant and the instant delayed inoculation process can not only give the molten iron a large amount of core particles, but also prevent the inoculation from declining, and can ensure that the ductile iron has enough graphite balls during the eutectic solidification; the large and small graphite balls reduce The transfer distance of C in the liquid to the graphite core speeds up the graphitization speed. In a short time, a large amount of eutectic solidification can release more latent heat of crystallization, reduce the degree of supercooling, and prevent the generation of white mouths, but also Can strengthen graphitization expansion. thus. Strong inoculation is essential to improve the self-feeding ability of ductile iron.

2.6 Liquid iron filtration

After the molten iron is filtered, some oxidized inclusions are filtered out, which enhances the micro-fluidity of the molten iron and reduces the chance of microscopic shrinkage.

2.7 Casting module

Since as-cast pearlitic ductile iron needs to add elements that hinder graphitization, this will affect the degree of graphitization and have a certain impact on the realization of self-feeding of the casting. Therefore, there are information introduced that no riser casting is suitable for ductile graphite below QT500 cast iron. In addition, the modulus determined by the shape and size of the casting should be above 3.1cm.

It is worth noting that it is difficult to achieve riser-free casting of plate castings with a thickness of<50mm.

There is also information that the condition for realizing the riser-free casting process for nodular cast iron above QT500 is that its modulus should be greater than 3.6cm.

3. Introduction of application examples

3.1 Examples of non-riser casting process for large modulus castings

The planetary support casting of wind power accelerator with material grade of GGG70, the weight is 3300kg, the outline dimension is φ1260×1220mm, and the casting modulus is about 5.0cm. The casting composition is: w (C) 3.62%; w (Si) 2.15%; w (Mn) 0.25%; w (P) 0.035%; w (S) 0.012%; w (Mg) 0.036%; w (Cu) 0.98%. The pouring temperature is 1370~1380℃. Considering that the molten iron exerts a high pressure on the lower part of the mold, it is easy to produce compression deformation at the lower part of the mold. Therefore, the customer recommends that the chilled iron be mainly placed in the lower part (see Figure 1).Based on past experience, when we started trial production, we decided to use the riserless casting process, which is the process with the riser removed in Figure 1. Although the customer asked professionals to perform ultrasonic testing on the trial castings, no internal defects were found, and no shrinkage defects were found in the results of anatomy. However, in comparison with other related materials and the reference process provided by customers, we are very worried about the consequences of shrinkage defects after mass production of such an important casting. Therefore, the solidification simulation test of the process in Figure 1 was carried out, and the simulation results are shown in Figure 2.

 Figure 1

 Figure 2 

According to the simulation results of the process in Figure 1

It can be seen from the simulation results that the liquid shrinkage has exhausted the molten iron in the three Φ140×170mm circular heating and insulating risers inside and the outer three 320×200×320mm waist circular heating and insulating risers; therefore, we A riser of the same size is added to the original 320×200×320mm heat-preserving riser, that is, the size of the riser is changed to 320×200×640mm. However, the result after casting is that there is no trace of shrinkage of all the risers, which proves that this casting can be cast without risers.

3.2 Examples of small modulus castings with riser casting

The honeycomb panel material grade shown in Figure 3 is QT500-7, the size of the length × width × height is 1 230 × 860 × 32 mm, and the casting modulus M=3.2/2=1.6 cm.

 Figure 3 The rough picture of honeycomb panel

Figure 3 The rough picture of honeycomb panel

The casting modulus is much less than 3.1cm, which is obviously not suitable for the riserless casting process. However, in order to improve the process yield during the trial production, the vertical pouring rain shower gate was used (Figure 4). The original intention was to make the casting solidify. A top-down temperature gradient is generated to use the cross gate to feed, but the result is a large area of connected shrinkage holes (the double-dashed line in Figure 4) after processing the middle part of the casting. 4 trial-produced without a single finished product.


 Figure 4 Schematic diagram of trial production process scheme


Figure 4 Schematic diagram of trial production process scheme

Therefore, we changed our thinking and formulated the horizontal pouring, chilled iron and riser process shown in Figure 5. Divide the casting into 9 parts with cold iron, and place a riser in the center of each part. The improved process yield rate is greater than 75%, the product quality is stable, and the reject rate is below 2.0%. Because the raw materials and processes are relatively stable, there is almost no waste after processing.

Figure 5 Improved mature process 

Figure 5 Improved mature process