Casting Defects

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Casting Defects:
Some defects are common to any and all process. These defects are illustrated in figure briefly described in the following:


A) Misruns: A Misrun is a casting that has solidified before completely filling the mold cavity. Typical causes include
1) Fluidity of the molten metal is insufficient,
2) Pouring Temperature is too low,
3) Pouring is done too slowly and/or
4) Cross section of the mold cavity is too thin.

b) Cold Shut: A cold shut occurs when two portion of the metal flow together, but there is lack of fusion between them due to premature freezing, Its causes are similar to those of a Misruns.

c) Cold Shots: When splattering occurs during pouring, solid globules of the metal are formed that become entrapped in the casting. Poring procedures and gating system designs that avoid splattering can prevent these defects.

d) Shrinkage Cavity: This defect is a depression in the surface or an internal void in the casting caused by solidification shrinkage that restricts the amount of the molten metal available in the last region to freeze. It often occurs near the top of the casting in which case it is referred to as a pipe (Figure 12.7). The problem can often be solved by proper riser design.

e) Microporosity: This refers to a network of a small voids distributed throughout the casting caused by localized solidification shrinkage of the final molten metal in the dendritic structure. The defect is usually associated with alloys, because of the protracted manner in which freezing occurs in these metals.

f) Hot Tearing: This defect also called hot cracking occurs when the casting is restrained or early stages of cooling after solidification. The defect is manifested as a separation of the metal (hence the terms tearing or cracking) at a point of high tensile stress caused by metal’s inability to shrink naturally. In sand casting and other expandable mold processes, compounding the mold to be collapsible prevents it. In permanent mold processes, removing the part from the mold immediately after freezing reduces hot tearing. • Porosity

• Impurities - oxides
• Cold Shut
• Hot Tearing
• Dimensional tolerance and part geometry
• Warping
• Shrinkage




The following are the major defects, which are likely to occur in sand castings

• Gas defects

• Shrinkage cavities

• Molding material defects

• Pouring metal defects

• Mold shift

• Gas Defects

A condition existing in a casting caused by the trapping of gas in the molten metal or by mold gases evolved during the pouring of the casting. The defects in this category can be classified into blowholes and pinhole porosity. Blowholes are spherical or elongated cavities present in the casting on the surface or inside the casting. Pinhole porosity occurs due to the dissolution of hydrogen gas, which gets entrapped during heating of molten metal.


The lower gas-passing tendency of the mold, which may be due to lower venting, lower permeability of the mold or improper design of the casting. The lower permeability is caused by finer grain size of the sand, high percentage of clay in mold mixture, and excessive moisture present in the mold.

Metal contains gas

Mold is too hot

Poor mold burnout

Shrinkage Cavities

These are caused by liquid shrinkage occurring during the solidification of the casting. To compensate for this, proper feeding of liquid metal is required. For this reason risers are placed at the appropriate places in the mold. Sprues may be too thin, too long or not attached in the proper location, causing shrinkage cavities. It is recommended to use thick sprues to avoid shrinkage cavities.

Molding Material Defects

The defects in this category are cuts and washes, metal penetration, fusion, and swell.

Cut and washes

These appear as rough spots and areas of...
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