Last edited 23 Sep 2020

Difference between cast iron and wrought iron

Cast iron is iron that has been melted, poured into a mould, and allowed to cool. Typically cast iron contains 2-4% carbon, it is non-malleable, hard and brittle.

For more information see: Cast iron.

Wrought iron is iron that has been heated before being worked with tools to shape it. Wrought iron has a very low carbon content (less than 0.08%), and is characteristically fibrous in appearance, but compared to cast iron it is softer and more ductile. Wrought iron resists fatigue and has a higher tensile strength than cast iron.

For more information see: Wrought iron.

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