Difference between cast iron and wrought iron?

By May 27 , 2016
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Iron decorations are widely used in the building industry for indoor and outdoor utility cum aesthetic purpose. They are usually made in cast iron and wrought iron.

Cast Iron vs. Wrought Iron

The main differences between cast iron and wrought iron are –

  • Cast iron is iron that is melted and poured into a mold so that it takes the shape of the mold. Wrought iron is iron that is heated and worked upon with some tools to give it a nice decorative design.
  • Cast Iron is brittle, hard and non-malleable. Wrought iron is ductile, malleable and can be heated again and again so that one could work on it so as to give it shape.
  • Wrought Iron has a higher tensile strength compared to Cast Iron and can be used in the manufacture of horizontal beams. However Cast Iron has been replaced by steel in the construction industry.
  • Wrought Iron is good for outdoor and indoor decoration purpose and Cast Iron is good for indoor decoration.Wrougth Iron can withstand extreme weather conditions and not corrode or rust easily.
  • Wrought Iron is more stable and strong compared to Cast Iron.
  • Cast Iron has a low melting point and is more fluid whereas Wrought Iron has a high melting point. This makes Cast Iron an easy material to work with while Wrought Iron is a labour intensive manufacturing job.
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