Ferrous Metals

Provided by: ToolingU

"Ferrous Metals" discusses the properties and applications of cast iron and steel, including an overview of plain carbon steel, stainless steel, and HSLA steels, along with an introduction to AISI-SAE designations. This course also describes gray, ductile, white, and malleable cast irons and their uses. Ferrous metals have broad commercial and industrial applications due to their strength, versatility, and relatively low costs. Fasteners, automotive components, structural shapes, tooling, and even aircraft parts can be made with ferrous metals. Understanding the range of cast iron and steels available enables manufacturers to choose reliable raw materials and effective processing methods. After completing this course, users will be better equipped to evaluate materials and anticipate how ferrous metals will function in different environments.

Course Objectives:

  • Define ferrous metal
  • Distinguish between cast irons and steels
  • Distinguish between the main types of cast irons
  • Describe plain carbon steel
  • Identify different grades of plain carbon steel
  • Describe alloy steel
  • Identify common alloying elements
  • Describe high-strength low-alloy steels
  • Describe stainless steels
  • Distinguish between the major groups of stainless steels
  • Describe tool steels
  • Identify different types of tool steels
  • Describe superalloys
  • Describe how to select the best alloy.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for Manufacturing / Material Engineers.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Metallurgy, Materials Identification

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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