Here’s what everyone in the heavy, railway, defense, and aerospace industries agree on - steel is one of the most versatile and sought-after raw materials. Due to its desirable properties, steel finds its way into many industrial applications, providing unbound durability and reliability to designers and engineers.
Due to their strength and flexibility, steel castings have become the most popular casting products to craft assembly parts from.
If you’re confused about what kind of castings you should choose for your machine, here’s an in-depth guide to the many advantages and disadvantages of cast steel.
Advantages of Casting Foundry Steel
When it comes to casting steel, their main benefit lies in their flexibility. They offer designers complete freedom to experiment and meddle with the composition and shape, allowing them to pursue any design choice. As a result, complex cross-section parts become easy to shape and mould with casting steel.
Moreover, their variability also paves the way for fulfilling many metallurgical manufacturing applications. With casting steel, you can tinker with a variety of chemical compositions, allowing you to cater to the constantly changing needs of projects.
On top of that, casters can also experiment with heat treatment to alter performance according to the need of the application. Weldability and workability are also top-notch when working with cast steel.
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Moreover, as an isotropic material, cast steel can also be integrated to improve the strength of a general steel casting structure. Other than the merits in designability and flexibility, its price, short manufacturing time, and delivery time give it a competitive advantage over other casting types.
Plus, they’re also available in a wide range of weights, right from lightweight ones to heavy ones running in a few dozen or hundred.
Besides, the isotropy of casting steel and its strong overall structure improve the engineering reliability of any assembly. Combine that with the benefits of a reduced weight profile, and it becomes the best overall casting product to exist.
Disadvantages of Steel Casting
When compared to other types, cast steel has bad mobility, shake-suction, and wear resistance. Plus, its performance is not tangibly better than cast iron, while its relatively more expensive than its iron-based counterpart.
In terms of structural properties, it has uneven tissue. Once the liquid metal is poured into the mold, the layer of liquid in contact with the mold wall will solidify first into finer grains, as the temperature drops faster on the edges.