1996-10-01

Thermal Transport Properties of Grey Cast Irons 962126

Thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity of grey cast iron have been measured as a function of graphite flake morphology, chemical composition and position in a finished brake rotor. Cast iron samples used for this investigation were cut from “step block” castings designed to produce iron with different graphite flake morphologies resulting from different cooling rates. Samples were also machined from prototype alloys and from production brake rotors representing a variation in foundry practice. Thermal diffusivity was measured at room and elevated temperatures via the flash technique. Heat capacity of selected samples was measured with differential scanning calorimetry, and these results were used to calculate the thermal conductivity. Microstructure of the various cast iron samples was quantified by standard metallography and image analysis techniques, and the chemical compositions were determined by optical emission spectroscopy.

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