ASTM A48 Standard for Gray Iron Castings

ASTM A48 Standard for Gray Iron Castings

ASTM A48 / A48M Standard Specification for Gray Iron Castings, grades including Class No. 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60.

Class No. 20 A, 20 B, 20 C, 20 S,
Class No. 25 A, 25 B, 25 C, 25 S,
Class No. 30 A, 30 B, 30 C, 30 S,
Class No. 35 A, 35 B, 35 C, 35 S,
Class No. 40 A, 40 B, 40 C, 40 S,
Class No. 45 A, 45 B, 45 C, 45 S,
Class No. 50 A, 50 B, 50 C, 50 S,
Class No. 55 A, 55 B, 55 C, 55 S,
Class No. 60 A, 60 B, 60 C, 60 S.

This specification covers general engineering gray iron castings mainly used for tensile strength. The castings are classified according to the tensile strength of the cast iron in the individually cast test rods.

1. Requirements for Tensile Strength

On the above chart, you can see that each material grade requires its minimum value of tensile strength, ksi. That means the tensile strength is the most important specification for gray iron castings.

However, there is no need to write A, B, C, S material grades for the foundry. Because A, B, C, and S are only requirements for test bar.

For example, for a cast iron plant, ASTM A48 Class 20 will be sufficiently detailed, which means the minimum value. The tensile strength of gray cast iron must be higher than 20 ksi (138 Mpa).

ASTM A48 Class 20: Min. Tensile Strength 20 ksi (138 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 25: Min. Tensile Strength 25 ksi (172 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 30: Min. Tensile Strength 30 ksi (207 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 35: Min. Tensile Strength 35 ksi (241 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 40: Min. Tensile Strength 40 ksi (276 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 45: Min. Tensile Strength 45 ksi (310 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 50: Min. Tensile Strength 50 ksi (345 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 55: Min. Tensile Strength 55 ksi (379 Mpa)
ASTM A48 Class 60: Min. Tensile Strength 60 ksi (414 Mpa)

If you want to know the equivalent grades of other standards, please refer to the equivalent grades of gray iron and ductile iron.

2. Dimension Requirements

The castings should conform to the dimensions or drawings provided by the purchaser. If there is no drawing, it shall conform to the predicted size of the pattern equipment provided by the purchaser.

Usually, the buyer should provide 3D drawings and 2D drawings. 3D engineering drawings will make patterns more accurately. The 2D engineering drawing will provide detailed dimensional tolerances and processing requirements. Therefore, this will avoid confusion and misunderstanding, and drawings are the only standard for dimensions.

If the purchaser does not have a drawing, he should provide an original sample. Our Yide Casting can scan samples into 3D engineering drawings, so the size of the samples will become the standard. The problem is that the casting foundry should ask the buyer for the tolerance of the key dimensions, because the sample cannot show the tolerance range in the drawing.

3. Quality and Defects Requirements

There should be no visible sand, scale, cracks and thermal cracks on the surface of the casting.

Unless the purchaser’s written permission is obtained, repairs shall not be carried out by any form of splicing or welding.

Generally, the foundry should have enough experience to deal with defects. However, when there is a defect, the foundry should discuss with the purchaser to confirm whether leak plugging and welding can be carried out.

For metal castings, defects on the surface and internal areas are inevitable, so it is essential for the foundry to conduct good quality inspections and communicate with customers in a timely manner. If you want to know the appearance of casting defects, please refer to Yide Casting’s article: Photos of casting defects.

4. Cast Test Rods

The test rod should be an independent casting of the same batch as the representative casting, and have the dimensions shown in Table 4. You can leave a margin for a reasonable template draft within the tolerance range shown in Table 4. Test rods A, B and C are all standard test rods in the form of simple cylinders. The test rod S is special and is intended to be used where the standard rod is not satisfactory.

5. Special Requirements

If a written agreement is reached between the manufacturer and the purchaser, the casting may have to meet special requirements regarding hardness, chemical composition, microstructure, pressure tightness, radiographic robustness, size, surface finish, etc.

This means that buyers may ask for more if necessary. ASTM A48 is only the standard for the main mechanical properties of gray cast iron. If the buyer has the above-mentioned special requirements, he should inform the manufacturer at the beginning.

6. Mechanical Properties of Gray Iron Castings

Grade 20, 25, 30 and 35 gray cast irons have excellent machinability, high damping capacity, low modulus of elasticity and relatively easy manufacturing.

Grade 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 gray cast irons are generally more difficult to machine, have lower damping capacity, higher modulus of elasticity, and are more difficult to manufacture.

Higher grade means higher tensile strength, higher hardness, higher price and difficulty of production, so you must know which material grade is suitable or sufficient for your project without having to pursue the highest grade.

Yide casting is a leading casting foundry in China, specialized in iron casting and machining, can meet kinds of requirements of your casting products, if you are looking for experienced iron foundry, please feel free to contact us for more details.

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