Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Advisor 1

Paul Sanders

Committee Member 1

Douglas Swenson

Committee Member 2

Gregory Odegard


Transitioning from traditional grades of ductile iron to solution strengthened ferritic ductile iron (SSFDI) grades can be difficult because of the need to reduce the amount of pearlite promoting elements, particularly copper and manganese, which are used in traditional grades. Knowing the acceptable threshold of residual alloying elements will allow for more cost-effective tailoring of the charge stream. Data were generated from a series of casting trials with the target grade of EN-GJS-500-14 where the levels of copper and manganese were varied from 0.05% to 0.3% and 0.15% to 0.4% respectively while maintaining silicon in the 3.8%-4.3% range. The pearlite content and tensile properties were measured and analyzed. Using this data, a relationship connecting the copper, manganese, and silicon content in the iron to the pearlite content was developed and the effect of these high residuals on tensile properties was quantified.

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