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Principles of Casting Technology

About the course

The course focuses on understanding the basics of science and technology of casting processes. Metal casting industries have evolved during the past hundred years because of advancements in technologies. The properties of the cast metals significantly depends upon the type of molding, melting, solidification and post treatment practices. This needs to be understood by the young students as well as practicing shop floor engineers so that products with superior qualities can be cast. The basic purpose of this course is to provide a sound understanding of concepts and principles of casting technology so as to enable them to be conversant with advances in these methods in the long run towards increasing the productivity of casting industries.

Intended audience
it is a core course for UG and PG.


Industries that will recognize this course
Casting Industries like BHEL, Tata Steel, Jindal Steel, Foundry units of medium and large sizes

Course Instructor

Dr. Pradeep K. Jha is presently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at IIT Roorkee. He has been teaching the course related to casting technology to undergraduate students of 2nd year, third year and postgraduate students for more than 12 years. He is actively involved in research work related to continuous casting and casting of metal matrix composites.

Course Plan

Week 1: Introduction to Casting technology, Solidification analysis for metals and alloys

Week 2: Technology of patternmaking, study of molding sands and their testing methods

Week 3: Technology of mouldmaking and coremaking, Special sand moulding processes

Week 4: Principles of gating design for castings

Week 5: Principles of risering design for castings

Week 6: Special casting methods, Melting furnaces

Week 7: Melting and pouring practices for production of Cast Iron family, steel and non-ferrous metals and alloys

Week 8:
Fettling and Heat treatment of castings, Casting defect and its diagnostic methods

Suggested reading

Heine, R.W., Loper, C.R., and Rosenthal, P.C., “Principles of Metal Casting”, TMH
Ghosh, A., and Mallik, A.K., “Manufacturing Science”, Affiliated East-West Press Pvt. Ltd.
Jain P. L., “Principles of Foundry Technology”, TMH
Chakrabarti, A. K., “Casting Technology and Cast Alloys”, PHI

Certification Exam

The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 26 March, 2017.
Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 6 out of 8 assignments
E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.