618-2034/03 – Theory and Technology of Metalcasting (TTSUS)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Metallurgy and FoundryCredits7
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Petr Lichý, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Petr Lichý, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KRO226 Ing. Ivana Kroupová, Ph.D.
LIC03 doc. Ing. Petr Lichý, Ph.D.
RAD913 Ing. Filip Radkovský
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+3

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Acquired knowledge - Student will be able to analyse and compare basic methods of mold and core making - Student will be able to describe basic processes during forming a casting from pouring it up to metal cooling Acquired skills - Student will be able to explain the formation of the most important casting defects - Student will be able to design a technological process of making an art casting (a mold, a gating system, venting).

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


Casting as a product of the foundry industry, possibilities and limits, engineering and technologic requirements. Mode of castings production from the design to finishing. Wood and metal patterns making. Molding materials, sand, binders, mold and core making technologies. Specialities of art castings manufacturing.

Compulsory literature:

[1] CAMPBELL, J. Complete casting handbook: metal casting processes, metallurgy, techniques and design. Second edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2015. ISBN 978-0-444-63509-9.

Recommended literature:

[1] YOUNG, R.D. and R. A. FENNELL. Methods for modern sculptors. Escondido: Sculpt-Nouveau, 1980. ISBN 0-9603744-0-X.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester



Other requirements

Elaboration of semestral project


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. History and the present of the foundry industry 2. Procedures of casting production description of individual production units, Production of castings using permanent metal mold and lost sand mold 3. Pattern making, materials, parting lines, scarfs, working allowance, core boxes, materials. Metal molds, sand molds 4. Molding wih split pattern, cores using, sweep molding – rotating and plane, hand and mechanized sand molding. Precision casting with lost wax pattern, Lost Foam, V-process 5. Production of castings using permanent metal mold, gravity casting, high and low pressure die casting, centrifugal casting. Melt fluidity and castability 6. Running system design depending on the type of poured metal. Running systems for art castings. Running system calculation.Calculation of metalostatic pressure and buoyancy . 7. Gases in melted metals, their dissolubility, methods of the melt degasing. Gases in the mold, methods of the mold degasing, vent holes. Blow hole formation. 8. Castings crystallization and solidification.Thermodynamic conditions of crystallization. Solidification time, shape of castig and mould material, thermal diffusivity of the mould 9. Solidification shrinkage and its consequence – shrinkage cavities, porosities – causes and prevention 10. Hot spots – facing their consequences, directional solidification , feeding, calculation of the riser volume 11. Linear contraction of the casting, hot tearing, cold cracking, residual stresses 12. General design of metal casting production, rapid prototyping. Methods of castings finnishing 13. Art casting manufacturing 14. Terminal consultation

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 30  16
        Examination Examination 70  35
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: Compulsory attendance at exercises min. 80%.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (B0214A270001) Art Foundry Engineering MTU P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (B0214A270001) Art Foundry Engineering MTU P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (B0214A270001) Art Foundry Engineering MTU P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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