Austempered ductile iron castings, (or ADI castings) are ductile iron castings processed by a special heat treatment. The austempering process results in ductile. Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI) represents an alternative solution for the manufacturing of the housing of small planetary gearboxes, with the gear teeth obtained. Heat treated Ductile Iron with austenitic-ferritic matrix (ADI) has a high potential for the substitution of forged steel and conventional Ductile Iron. Advantages of.

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Crankshafts are another potentially significant application for Austempered Ductile Iron. The exact boundaries of the austenite phase region depend on the chemistry of the alloy being heat treated. Views Read Edit View history. Fracture Toughness Traditionally, components have been designed on the basis of preventing failure by plastic deformation.

Eventually austempered steel made its way into the automotive industry where one of its first uses was in safety critical components. As a result, heavier section components required greater hardenability. Austemperinv quench severity of the austempering bath. As a result, design codes used either the 0. When selecting the composition, and hence the raw materials, for both conventional Ductile Iron and ADI, consideration should be given first to limiting elements which adversely affect casting quality through the production of non-spheroidal graphite, or the formation of carbides and inclusions, or the promotion of shrinkage.

As shown in Table 4. Defense The defense industry has been relatively slow to adopt ADI, however some of the applications include track links, armor, ordnance and various hardware for trucks and armored vehicles. Silicon is one of the most important elements in ADI because it promotes graphite formation, decreases the solubility of carbon in austenite, increases the eutectoid temperature, and inhibits the formation of bainitic carbide.

A lighter finished part reduces freight charges and the streamlined production flow often reduces lead time. In general, reduced surface speeds and increased feed rates provide the best metal removal rate in ADI.

Advantages of the Austempering Process: ASTM in-lb units. This deterioration in properties is probably caused by the segregation of molybdenum to cell boundaries and the formation of carbides.


Austempering Heat Treatment for Superior Ductility in Steel Components Austempering is a process for steel components which yields a bainitic microstructure. As discussed in a later section on surface deformation treatments of gears, the processing of ADI parts should could follow one of several paths, Figure 4. Bloomery produces sponge iron Blast furnace produces pig iron Cold blast Hot blast Anthracite iron Direct reduced iron.

These grades of ADI also respond well to the surface strain transformation previously discussed which greatly increases their bending fatigue strength. Ductile Iron, Ferritic, 3. Comparison of this figure with Figure 4.

True Fracture Ductility e f. At F C as much as four hours may be required to produce the optimum properties; Figure 4. Even so, ADI has excellent fracture toughness and fatigue strength.

The production of Austemperung ring and pinion gear sets for General Motors rear wheel drive cars model years provides a good example of the reduction in machining costs offered by ADI. Compared to the conventional grades of Ductile Austemoering, ADI delivers twice the strength for a given level of elongation. To assure quality, ADI should be purchased from casting and heat treatment suppliers that have well developed process control systems who can demonstrate that they are consistently capable of producing high quality castings and heat treatments.

Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Articles using small message boxes Articles needing more viewpoints from January Ductile Iron, Ferritic, 1. As the specific power requirements for automotive engines are increased, ADI will become a more viable alternative to the heavier, more expensive forged steel crankshaft. Typical steels that are austempered include: Nevertheless, when the combined knowledge of the toughness properties is assembled, they reveal three important facts: In steels this may only take a few minutes after the austenitizing temperature has been reached throughout the part section, but in cast irons it takes longer.

As a result, fracture toughness, the intrinsic resistance of the material to crack propagation, is becoming an essential part of the package of material properties used by designers to select materials for critical applications.


Ductile Iron Data – Section 4

The presence of stable, carbon enriched austenite also accounts for another inadequately understood property of ADI. Copper has no significant effect on tensile properties but increases ductility at austempering temperatures below o F o C. First, the machinability of the softer grades of ADI is equal or superior to that of steels with equivalent strength, and second, the predictable growth characteristics of ADI during austempering allow, in many cases, for it to be machined complete in the soft as-cast or annealed state before heat treatment.

Assorted ADI conveyor components. Such treatments could include conventional machining operations such as turning, grinding, milling, hobbing austempsring special treatments such as shot peening or surface rolling. Long slender parts or steel components that are thin in the cross section are excellent candidates for austempering.

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After soaking, parts are quenched in a molten salt bath at a temperature that minimizes the probability of distortion, which is inherent in all quenching operations. A typical iron composition and control range that can be used is shown below: Second, the more ductile grades of ADI, for which fracture toughness is a critical property, do not behave in a linear elastic manner when subjected to standard LEFM tests, and toughness must be determined by yielding fracture mechanics techniques such as the J integral crack opening displacement COD tests.

The duvtile came after nine years of development work and six years of field testing. They also show that peened ADI is competitive with gas nitrided and case carburized steels. Subsequently it is subjected to the austempering process to produce mechanical properties that are superior to conventional ductile iron, cast and zustempering aluminum and many cast and forged steels.

The austempering process was first commercially applied to Ductile Iron in and by world-wide production was approachingtonnes annually.