Cast Iron Piston Rings

piston rings

Some years ago I made cast iron piston rings, however, in the nearly 40 years since I have completely forgotten how. So, I’m reading lots of forums, references and articles on making cast iron piston rings. Whilst doing this I thought it was worth writing an article on the subject. I have listed references where … Read more

Cast Iron Flywheel

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As with a lot of my engine designs they start with the flywheel and in this case a cast iron flywheel that was machined from solid. This flywheel was first installed on my oscillating steam engine and then moved to the transitional engine. Once I had turned the basic shape of the flywheel I mounted … Read more

Cast Iron Dust

cast iron dust

Sometimes when I machine cast iron the next day I have an upset stomach, this made me wonder whether cast iron dust is a health issue and I should be wearing a mask. Machining Cast Iron I machine cast iron without any cutting fluid and use tungsten carbide tools with a shallow angle. The result … Read more

Machining Cast Iron

Machining cast iron can be quite easy with the right tools, but you do have to be careful with cast iron that might have sand still in the surface and so I thought a page giving hints and tips would be useful. There are a number of different grades of cast iron and within these … Read more

Cast Iron

Cast iron is a ferrous alloy; the carbon content is greater than the maximum solubility in austenite at the eutectic temperature. It tends to be brittle, except for malleable cast irons. With its low melting point, good fluidity, castability, excellent machinability and wear resistance, cast irons have become an engineering material with a wide range … Read more