Stork CRS Metallurgists Recognized for Paper Presented at American Foundry Society Meeting

Two metallurgists from Stork Climax Research Services of Wixom, Michigan, were recognized for co-authoring the Best Paper of 2011 by the Cast Iron Division of the American Foundry Society (AFS) on April 6. The awards ceremony took place at the AFS Recognition Luncheon during the 115th Metalcasting Congress in Schaumburg, Illinois.

The paper honored is titled, "Monotonic and Cyclic Property Design Data for a 25% Cr Abrasion Resistant Cast Iron (10-128)." It was co-authored by Rick Gundlach and Dr. John Tartaglia of Stork CRS and Barry Hodge of Andritz, Inc. The paper supplements earlier work published by AFS in 2003, and characterizes the monotonic and cyclic properties of an A532 Class III, Type A, Level 2 abrasion-resistant cast iron. This 25% Cr white iron is the first of the abrasion-resistant class of irons to be included in this database and, to the authors' knowledge, is the first fatigue data to be published for any of the white irons. Read the award-winning technical metallurgy paper in its entirety.

From left to right: Rick Gundlach, Stork Climax Research Services, Barry Hodge, Andritz, Inc., Dr. Kathy Harynen, Applied Process, Chairman of AFS Cast Iron Division, and Dr. John Tartaglia, Stork Climax Research Services.

According to, "The Metalcasting Congress is North America's largest annual event for the metalcasting industry, combining an exhibition of industry suppliers with technical, management and research presentations from the foremost experts around the world. Sponsored by the American Foundry Society (AFS), this year's 115th event showcases the latest advancements in metalcasting. The Metalcasting Congress took place April 5-8, 2011 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL.

About the authors

Dr. John Tartaglia has been performing failure analyses and materials characterization for more than 25 years. Dr. Tartaglia holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and is an expert in die and other wrought steels, aluminum, magnesium, fatigue, failure analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. He is an experienced expert witness in failure analysis litigation and has given numerous seminars and training classes on metals testing and analyses. Dr. Tartaglia was recently elected to the ASM International 2008 Class of Fellows.

Prior to co-founding CRS in 1987, Richard Gundlach was a metallurgical engineer and research supervisor for eighteen years at Climax Molybdenum Company (AMAX) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Gundlach holds BS and MS degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Gundlach is a recipient of the Award of Scientific Merit and the Howard F. Taylor award by AFS and two of Rick's papers won the Best Paper award in the Gray Iron Division of AFS. He is a widely recognized expert in the field of casting metallurgy, publishing and consulting on subjects including: cast aluminum, gray, ductile and white irons, austempered ductile irons and steels, thermal fatigue, abrasion resistance.

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