We offer a wide range of different materials at White Industries. Usually, our customers supply a drawing that specifies a material, and we produce to that specification. Sometimes a customer won’t know what material the casting should be made in, so we offer metallurgical advice based on the intended use.
Some castings need a certain strength, some need to be resistance to certain chemicals, some need to be able to withstand high temperatures. These are just some of the considerations taken into account when offering this advice.
This is the beginning of a series of articles that will explore the different types of metals available.
Below is a diagram showing the material families. At the top are two family headings: ferrous and non-ferrous.
Ferrous refers to any material that is based on the element Iron, chemical symbol Fe.
Non-ferrous, as the name implies, is anything not based on iron. As you can see, this term covers such metals as aluminium, copper or nickel.
In following articles, we’ll drill down into both families to examine what they are, their properties, and where they can be used.