Course detail

Castings Quality Control

FSI-PKOAcad. year: 2020/2021

Economic aspects of quality. Quality and protection of the environment. Legislation. Systems of quality management assurance. Quality Journal. Preparing a quality manual - analysis and application. The Deming principles, the Juran trilogy, the Taguchi loss function. Methods of chemical analysis, electrochemical and spectrometric methods. Determining the content of gas in metals. Application of mechanical testing to castings. Physical testing for operational & technological properties. Visual inspection. Principal methods of non-destructive testing based on capillary phenomena, magnetic and electrical properties of substances, acoustic and radiologic methods, infrared flaw detection. Fundamentals and application of ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation. Principles of statistical quality inspection. Metrology laboratories.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course will provide students with a broad overview of the area of individual inspection methods and related systems of quality management.


Basic knowledge of quality and metrology. A good grasp of foundry-engineering technologies. Knowledge of materials, mechanical and technological properties. Fundamentals, principles and SI units used in non-destructive methods (Materials science, Physics).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

KOPEC, B. Nedestruktivní zkoušení materiálů a konstrukcí: (nauka o materiálu IV). Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2008, 571 s. ISBN 978-80-7204-591-4. (CS)
Čech,J.: Technická měření ve slévárenství, VUT FSI Brno, 1990
Čech,J.: Vady a kontrola odlitků, VUT FSI Brno, 1991
ČECH, Jaroslav. Vady a kontrola odlitků. 2. vyd. Brno: VUT Brno, 1991, 140 s. ISBN 80-214-0278-4. (CS)
Mizuno,S.: Řízení jakosti, VP Praha, 1993
Metals Handbook: Volume 10, American Society for Metals, USA, 1998 (EN)
ČECH, Jaroslav. Technická měření ve slévárenství. 3. vyd. Brno: VUT Brno, 1990, 178 s. ISBN 80-214-0093-5. (CS)
Metals Handbook: Volume 15, American Society for Metals, USA, 1998 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Conditions of awarding the course-unit credit: being present in exercises.
The subject of examination is the student's knowledge of individual methods of materials testing and evaluation of materials properties and their application, using practical examples. Oral examination with preparation in writing.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basic methods of analysing chemical, physical, operational-technological properties of foundry materials, non-destructive testing and its application. Students should learn the principles and systems of ensuring quality management in engineering plants. They will make use of this knowledge when working on their diploma projects and in practice.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lecture is recommended. Attendance at seminars is required. Understanding the subject-matter delivered by the lecturer is checked in practicals. Students agree with the course supervisor on making up for absence from classes. If there are more cases of absence, an individual programme will have to be worked out and defended before the course-unit credit can be awarded.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-SLE , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Quality - protection of the environment, Quality Journal
2. Methods of chemical and electrochemical analyses
3. Spectrometric analyses
4. Gases in metals, mechanical testing of castings
5. Physical testing
6. Operational-technological testing
7. Machinability, fracture mechanics
8. Non-destructive testing - ultrasonic and electromagnetic testing
9. Ultrasound and radiography
11. Isotopes, visual inspection
12. Behaviour of defects under stressing
13. Quality manual

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Visit to a spectrometry laboratory
2. Ultrasound - defects, mechanical properties
3. Measuring residual stress, E-modulus
4. Measuring residual stress radiographically
5. Mechanical testing
6. Non-destructive testing, electromagnetic testing
7. X-ray application
8. Statistics software Q-DAS
9. Metrology for laboratories
10. Manual of quality
11. Manual of quality
12. Selection of foundry materials
13. Awarding the course-unit credit