Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 3520 - Metal Casting

Catalog Description:

Principles of pattern design, molding, pouring, and process analysis using a variety of materials and production techniques. Solidification of metals and alloys as a nucleation and grain growth process. Formation of inclusions and other casting defects will be discussed. Theory and practice in metal casting principles using green sand, investment, centrifugal, and loss foam processes.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 2540 and (MSE 2540 or ME 2500).

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

Understanding of mechanical, physical, thermal, and chemical properties of industrial materials.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

To understand the importance of metal casting in an industrial society



J5: Document the historical, contemporary, and future significance of the cast metals industry.

H1: Review the current literature in the metal casting field.

H2: Identify educational and career opportunities available in the cast metals industry.

A1: Identify the technical aspects of the cast metals industry.

To understand the quality control aspects of the cast metals industry



K1: Identify defects found on metal castings.

C2: Identify the major processing parameters in casting metals. (Use experiments and their results to improve process) - Pour Fluidity Spiral (Lab 3) 80% pass casting trial

To work safely in teams and solve foundry related problems



E3: Demonstrate the safe operation of foundry processing equipment.

B3: To perform standardized testing procedures used in the cast metals industry. (Use appropriate engineering, science, and mathematical tools for decision) - Sand Testing (Lab 4) 85% Accomplish AFS Std. Tests

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Technology of Metalcasting, Fred P. Schleg, American Foundry Society.

Course Coordinator:

Sam Ramrattan
Western Michigan University
F-218 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3373

Revision Date: Summer 2011


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