G1A Gray Iron

Dura-Bar G1A contains Type D graphite in a predominantly ferrite matrix. This specification was originally developed for the glass mold industry where fine grain structure and superior machining finish are needed. Dimensional growth due to repeated heating and cooling cycles is minimal due to the smaller graphite flake and size and ferritic matrix structure.

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The microstructure will contain Type VII, size 6-8 graphite as defined in ASTM A247. The matrix is predominantly ferrite. Chill carbides will be less than 5% in any field at 100x and will be well dispersed.

Center Area

100x, etched in 5% Nital

Edge Area

100x, etched in 5% Nital

Heat Treat Response

G1A is not intended for hardening. The matrix structure may be softened slightly by heating to 1400° F and furnace cooling to 400° F.


Dura-Bar Gray G1A is a non-stock grade, which can be ordered in volume quantities from our distributors.

Technical Specifications

Chemical Composition

Carbon and silicon targets are specified for each bar size in order to control the size and shape of the graphite flake. Titanium is added as an inoculant in order to produce the Type D graphite structure.

Element Percentage
Carbon 2.60 - 3.75%
Silicon 2.30 - 3.00%
Manganese 0.10 - 0.35%
Sulfur 0.025% Max
Phosphorus 0.10% Max

Mechanical Properties

Brinell hardness values for nominal as-cast diameters are shown in the table. Hardness properties listed are minimum, maximum across the bar. Hardness values for rectangles and squares are a function of the height and width ratios and will be supplied on request.

Size Range BHN
Inches mm Min Max
1.000 - 1.500 25 -38 159 229
1.501 - 3.000 38 - 76 156 201
3.001 - 7.000 76 - 178 143 201

The tensile strength will be approximately 25,000 psi, as determined from a longitudinal test specimen taken from mid-radius of the as-cast bar. The tensile data is not a minimum, but rather the typical expected tensile strength. Anticipated tensile data for shapes, including squares and rectangles, will be provided on request.

Mechanical Properties
Tensile strength psi (min) 25,000
Yield strength psi (min) n/a
Elongation (min) n/a

Typical Applications

Glass Mold:

Blank Molds, Plungers

Visit our applications list for more detailed information on G1A applications.

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