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Description: Cast iron with a high carbon content is referred to as grey cast iron since the carbon is present in the form of graphite flakes giving rise to a grey colour when viewed. This form of cast iron has several technologically useful properties such as good machinability, low melting temperature, good wear resistance and good mould reproduction.
Keywords: alloy • carbon • grey cast iron • iron • metal
Categories: Science approaches > Microstructure
Materials > Metals & alloys > Cast irons
Processes > Shaping > Casting
Testing, analysis & experimentation > Metallography
Scale > Micro
Created by: Dr R F Cochrane, Department of Materials, University of Leeds
DoITPoMS, University of Cambridge
Published by: DoITPoMS, University of Cambridge
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Date created: 04 September 2002
Date added: 21 August 2009
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Resource ID: 1418