Complete Casting Handbook

Metal Casting Processes, Techniques and Design


  • John Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Casting Technology, University of Birmingham, UK

Complete Casting Handbook is the result of a long-awaited update, consolidation and expansion of expert John Campbell’s market-leading casting books into one essential resource for metallurgists and foundry professionals who design, specify or manufacture metal castings.

The first single-volume guide to cover modern principles and processes in such breadth and depth whilst retaining a clear, practical focus, it includes:

  • A logical, two-part structure, breaking the contents down into casting metallurgy and casting manufacture
  • Established, must-have information, such as Campbell’s ‘10 Rules’ for successful casting manufacture
  • New chapters on filling system design, melting, molding, and controlled solidification techniques, plus extended coverage of a new approach to casting metallurgy

Providing in-depth casting knowledge and process know-how, from the noteworthy career of an industry-leading authority, Complete Casting Handbook delivers the expert advice needed to help you make successful and profitable castings.

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Metallurgists, metals solidification and foundry professionals in industry and academia; cast metal product and process designers; MS&E researchers; national, corporate and academic researchers and libraries.


Book information

  • Published: August 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-809-9


"In this, his latest book, Prof Campbell expands and develops many of the topics that he has previously considered and includes the more conventional casting technology subjects in one complete reference guide. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on casting quality, or the minimisation of defects, and John’s passion for his subject shines through. He takes careful note of the basic science, the physics and maths of how liquids flow, cool and solidify, but does not ‘blind with science’. Indeed his many years of practical problem solving with foundries means that he recognises the many constraints faced by the methods engineer. Given that during the casting process there are so many ways in which the metal quality can be compromised, his aim throughout is for foundries to be able to produce castings of consistent quality at lowest cost. Above all he wants to encourage a considered approach to the design of the running system and to the metal supply system… The ideal book for metallurgists and foundry engineers who design, specify or manufacture metal castings and a ‘must have’ reference guide for every foundry."--Foundry

Table of Contents

Part II: Casting Metallurgy
1. The Melt
2. Entrainment
3. Flow
4. Molds and Cores (updated and expanded)
5. Solidification Structure
6. Casting Alloys (new chapter)
7. Porosity
8. Cracks and Tears (new consolidated chapter)
9. Properties of Castings
Part II: Casting Manufacture
10. The 10 Rules
11. Filling System Design Fundamentals
12. Filling System Components
13. Filling System Design Practice
14. Melting
15. Molding
16. Casting
17. Controlled Solidification Techniques
18. Dimensional Accuracy
19. Post-Casting Processing