White cast iron
A hard brittle Cast iron that contains less than 1% Silicon. White cast iron is heated for long periods at 800-900 C then cooled rapidly. This produces a matrix of Cementite (Fe3C). White cast iron is very wear resistant and is used for rollers and machinery.
Synonyms and Related Terms
cermet; ferro fundido branco (Port.)
Physical and Chemical Properties
Very brittle, but good hardness and abrasion resistance.
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 155
- David C. Scott, Metallography and Microstructure of Ancient and Historic Metals, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 1991
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cast_iron (Accessed Oct. 18, 2005)