Course detail

Foundry Technology

FSI-ESLAcad. year: 2018/2019

Basic methods applied to the production of castings, manufacturing sand moulds and cores, moulding processes, binder systems in sand mixtures, basic principles of foundry alloys melting, sand and permanent mould casting, gravity and higher pressure
pouring, gating systems, basic principles of foundry alloys solidification and cooling,consequences of volume changes of foundry alloys and their removal by risering , fettling operations and finishing process, final casting quality inspection.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course provides students with basic knowledge of possibilities of using castings in different practical applications from their design and material point of view.


Basic principles of casting manufacture- knowledge obtained in 1st and 3rd year of the bachelorś study programme. Material science knowledge + appropriate parts of physics (liquid flow, thermomechanics, etc.)


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Kolektiv: Metals Handbook Volume 15 - Casting ,ASM,9th edition
John Campbell: Castings,Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd,1991
Kolektiv: Giesserei Lexikon ,Schone-Schiel,1991
Schleg,F.:"Technology of metalcasting",AFS,2003
Beeley,P.:"Foundry Technology",Oxford,2001
BEELEY,P.- SMART,R.:"Investment casting",Cambridge,1995 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Attendance in lectures is recommended, attendance in exercises is obligatory.
Credit for exercises: semestr project - obligatory
Examination : written and oral exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is for students to obtain a general overview of different technologies used for casting manufacture.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lessons is obligatory. Absence may be compensated for by the agreement with the lecturer.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-STG , 3. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-SLE , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.Introduction- history of foundry engineering
2.Basic principles of casting technologies
3.Foundry moulds - clasification
4.Posibilities of moulds manufacture by 1st and 2nd
generation methods
5.2nd and 3rd generation of foundry moulds
6.Preparation of molten metals
7.Pouring techniques and gating systems
8.Casting solidification and cooling
9.Volumetric changes during solidification of foundry alloys
10.Removal of hot spots in castings
11.Finishing operations
12.Heat treatment of castings
13.Special foundry technologies

labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1.-13. Practical laboratory excercises (demonstrations, calculations, excursions)
focused on the 13 topics given in the lectures.