The Effect of the Number of Eutectic Grains on Coating Growth During Hot Dip Galvanising of Ductile Iron Castings

Journal title

Archives of Foundry Engineering




No 1

Publication authors


Casting quality management ; Zinc coating ; Ductile iron ; Eutectic grains

Divisions of PAS

Nauki Techniczne


Archives of Foundry Engineering continues the publishing activity started by Foundry Commission of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in Katowice in 1978. The initiator of it was the first Chairman Professor Dr Eng. Wacław Sakwa – Corresponding Member of PAN, Honorary Doctor of Czestochowa University of Technology and Silesian University of Technology. This periodical first name was „Solidification of Metals and Alloys” , and made possible to publish the results of works achieved in the field of the Basic Problems Research Cooperation. The subject of publications was related to the title of the periodical and concerned widely understand problems of metals and alloys crystallization in a casting mold. In 1978-2000 the 44 issues have been published. Since 2001 the Foundry Commission has had patronage of the annually published “Archives of Foundry” and since 2007 quarterly published “Archives of Foundry Engineering”. Thematic scope includes scientific issues of foundry industry:

  • Theoretical Aspects of Casting Processes,
  • Innovative Foundry Technologies and Materials,
  • Foundry Processes Computer Aiding,
  • Mechanization, Automation and Robotics in Foundry,
  • Transport Systems in Foundry,
  • Castings Quality Management,
  • Environmental Protection.


Studies were conducted on a zinc coating produced on the surface of ductile iron grade EN-GJS-500-7 to determine the eutectic grain

effect. For this purpose, castings with a wall thickness of 5 to 30 mm were made and the resulting structure was examined. To obtain a

homogeneous metal matrix, samples were subjected to a ferritising annealing treatment. To enlarge the reaction surface, the top layer was

removed from casting by machining. Then hot dip galvanising treatment was performed at 450°C to capture the kinetics of growth of the

zinc coating (in the period from 60 to 600 seconds). Analysing the test results it was found that within the same time of hot dip

galvanising, the differences in the resulting zinc coating thickness on samples taken from castings with different wall cross-sections were

small but could, particularly for shorter times of treatment, reduce the continuity of the alloyed layer of the zinc coating.


The Katowice Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences




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