Austenitization of FerriticDuctile Iron

Journal title

Archives of Foundry Engineering




No 4

Publication authors


Austenitization ; Ductile iron ; Ferriticmatrix ; Matrix structure ; ADI

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.


Austenitization is the first step of heat treatment preceding the isothermal quenching of ductile iron in austempered ductile iron (ADI)

manufacturing. Usually, the starting material for the ADI production is ductile iron with more convenient pearlitic matrix. In this paper we

present the results of research concerning the austenitizing of ductile iron with ferritic matrix, where all carbon dissolved in austenite must

come from graphite nodules. The scope of research includedcarrying out the process of austenitization at 900o

Cusing a variable times

ranging from 5 to 240minutes,and then observations of the microstructure of the samples after different austenitizing times. These were

supplemented with micro-hardness testing. The research showed that the process of saturating austenite with carbon is limited by the rate

of dissolution of carbon from nodular graphite precipitates.


The Katowice Branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences




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