Defects in steel investment castings

  • Philip N. Whateley

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


A general investigation was performed, in an industrial environment, of the major types of defect specific to investment castings in steel. As a result of this work three types of metallurgical defect were selected for further study.
In the first of these, defects in austenitic stainless steel castings were found to result from deoxidation by-products.
As a result of metallographic investigation and the statistical analysis of experimental data, evidence was found to support the hypothesis that the other two classes of defects - in martensite stainless and low alloy steels -both resulted from internal or grain boundary oxidation of the chromium alloy constituent This was often found to be followed by reaction between the metal oxides and the ceramic mould material.
On the basis of this study, proposals are made for a more fundamental investigation of the mechanisms involved and interim suggestions are given for methods of ameliorating the effect in an industrial situation.
Date of AwardJan 1991
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorLeonard W. Crane (Supervisor)


  • investment casting
  • steel castings
  • casting defects
  • metal-mould reaction

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