There are many different specifications governing the use and production of grey iron. At Smith Foundry, we produce grey iron in accordance with American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) A48. ASTM A48 covers a class of cast irons that are intended for general use applications.
Grades of ASTM A48 Grey Iron Produced at Smith Foundry
|ASTM A48 Grade||Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS)||Brinell Hardness|
|Class 30||30,000 p.s.i||187-241|
|Class 35||35,000 p.s.i.||207-255|
|Class 40||40,000 p.s.i||217-269|
*UTS values are minimums required by ASTM for an independently cast tensile test bar sample. Casting strength may be more or less depending on cast section thickness. Consult ASTM A48 or Smith Foundry for more information.
|Desirable properties||Common Applications|
|Excellent vibration dampening capability||Brake drums, rotors and clutch components|
|High compressive strength||Engine blocks, cylinder liners and heads|
|Good machinability||Pulleys, sheaves and idler wheels|
|Exceptional heat transfer||Gears|
|Low cost alternative to other engineering materials||Hydraulic valves and components|