Ductile Iron Castings
Ductile Iron Castings - Home
Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr Pinterest
Durham Foundry is IS09001 Accredited for the Manufacture of Grey Iron, Ductile Iron and Alloyed Cast IronDownload the Durham Foundry Company Information SheetFoundry videoDownloadsImage Gallery
Ductile Iron Castings
ISO 1083, BS EN 1563, BS 2789 manufacturer of  engineering, architectural and decorative ductile and SG iron castings to the current ISO standard, ISO 1083 (2004).
Home Page | History | Standards | Terminology | Technical Data | Applications | ADI | CGI | Contact Details | Enquiries
  Contact Durham Foundry
> Ductile Cast Iron - Home
> Ductile Cast Iron - History
> Ductile Cast Iron - Standards
> Ductile Cast Iron - Terminology
> Ductile Cast Iron - Technical Data
> Ductile Cast Iron - Applications
> Ductile Cast Iron - Austempered (ADI)
> Ductile Cast Iron - Compacted (CGI)
> Durham Foundry History
> Company Capabilities
> Energy & Environment
> Downloads
> Recent Projects
> ISO Accreditations
> Policies
> Location
> Main Site Map
> Links

Durham Foundry (Sheffield) Limited
Harleston Street
S4 7QB

T 0114 249 4977
F 0114 249 4910


Send Enquiry


Ductile and SG Iron Castings

BS, EN & ISO Standards

At Durham Foundry we manufacture engineering, architectural and decorative ductile and SG iron castings to the current ISO standard, ISO 1083 (2004). This internationally recognised quality standard is specific to the Cast Iron industry sector.

We have specified and manufactured high quality castings to BS 2789 (1985), BS EN 1563 (1997), and to ISO 1083 (2004) standards on many engineering casting projects. As a contractor in the foundry sector we understand the
importance of these standards for your engineering application.

Ductile Iron Standards - Timeline

  • ISO 1083 (2004) - Current Standard
  • BS EN 1563 (1997) – Current Standard
  • BS 2789 (1985) - Replaced by BS EN 1563 (1997)


ISO 1083 Ductile Iron Castings

An example of patterns ready for moulding and then casting in an ISO 1083 Grade

BS 2789
A source of confusion is the large number of production standards that have grown up across the world to enable buyers to specify a particular grade. To take the UK as an example one of the earlier standards used was BS 2789. Within this standard the grades were specified by tensile strength and proof stress in tons/in¹ and elongation in %. This was changed to N/mm² as the UK went through metrification and the tensile strengths and proof stresses were adjusted slightly to fall in line with their European equivalents.

BS EN 1563
In 1997, BS2789 ceased to exist as a current standard and was superseded by a Euronorm standard, BS EN 1563. This basically took the data from BS 2789 and transferred it to the new standard. This was the start of the transition process from British Standards (BS) to the European Committee for Standardisation (EN) & then onto the International Standards Organisation (ISO) which is the modern industry standard used by Durham Foundry.

ISO 1083
A second set of standards that run in parallel with the BS EN range are the ISO standards. The current ISO standard for ductile iron is ISO 1085 (2004), the grades being much the same as BS EN 1563. It says a lot for the extensive, world wide applications for ductile iron that an ISO standard is available for it. There are also mechanisms in place to harmonise all these standards into a BS EN ISO range, although at the moment that work is still ongoing.

It should also be noted that because of this international usage, countries often have a history of local standards for ductile iron such as ASTM in America, DIN in Germany and SAE in Italy.

Finally, in an effort to offer cast iron with specific or tightly controlled properties, some companies produced ranges of grades which are covered by a trade name. A good example of this is the Meehanite range of grades. These were developed by the Meehanite Metal Corporation in America, and can be produced under license by an approved foundry. Nearly all of these trade named ductile irons are no longer commercially available, Meehanite being the notable exception.

If you need to order a casting in ductile iron and are confused by its description or it has a specification you don’t recognise on a drawing, please contact us as there is a good chance we will recognise it. If we don’t, we have access to a world wide data base that should enable us to identify the material and offer the equivalent grade within ISO 1083.

The pouring of an ISO 1083 standard Ductile Iron Casting

The pouring of an ISO 1083 standard Ductile Iron Casting

Available Grades within the ISO 1083 Standard
The current ISO standard for ductile iron, ISO 1083, specifies grades either by tensile strength, proof stress and elongation or Brinell hardness. Tensile strength is by far the more common specification. The following table shows the range of grades available within the current ISO standard, by tensile strength.

Tensile Strength
Proof Stress

ISO 1083/JS/350-22/S




ISO 1083/JS/400-18/S




ISO 1083/JS/400-15/S




ISO 1083/JS/450-10/S




ISO 1083/JS/500-7/S




ISO 1083/JS/550-5/S




ISO 1083/JS/600-3/S




ISO 1083/JS/700-2/S




ISO 1083/JS/800-2/S




ISO 1083/JS/900-2/S




As can be seen, the material designation gives the technical information about each grade within the designation. These tensile results are from separately cast test bars and the test is to standard so long as the test bar exceeds the minimum tensile strength, proof stress and elongation of the grade and does not exceed the tensile strength by more than 100 N/mm2. The actual tensile strength of the casting may vary depending on section thickness. It should also be noted that there is no chemical analysis in ISO 1053 This can be supplied if required, but would be purely for information and does not form part of the specification. There are also low temperature versions of ISO 1083/JS/350-22/S and ISO 1083/JS/400-18/S where Charpy impact tests are carried out at -40°C and -20°C respectively. These grades are used in low temperature environments where it is important to retain ductility at these temperatures.

Durham Foundry & the ISO 1083 Standard
All our castings are produced to the current ISO specification, ISO 1083 (2005), along with any further certification which a customer may require. Our diverse customer base has given us experience in a wide range of applications for ductile iron castings across many market sectors including pumps and valves, forges, foundries and rolling mills, automotive and aerospace, a wide range of OEM's (Original Equipment Manufacturers), quarries and mines, railways and rolling stock, local authorities and artists and sculptors. We also have long term trading relationships with local pattern makers, machine shops and surface finishers which enable us to quote for the complete supply of machined and painted castings.

Please browse our website for more information about Ductile Iron Castings (ISO 1083 - BS EN 1563 - BS 2789) from Durham Foundry and our ability to manufacture Engineering Ductile Iron Castings to the ISO 1083 standard then contact us on 0114 249 4977 or e-mail us on castings@durhamfoundry.com.


All images and text are the copyright of Durham Foundry (Sheffield) Limited
:SITEMAP: Ductile Cast Iron Home Page | Ductile Iron Castings - History | Ductile Iron Castings - Standards | Ductile Iron Castings - Terminology | Ductile Iron Castings - Technical Data | Ductile Cast Iron - Applications | ADI | CGI | Contact Details for Durham Foundry | Enquiries | www.durhamfoundry.com | castings@durhamfoundry.com | www.castironcastings.com | www.ductilecastiron.com
Internet Strategy by Lexiconnect Limited

Durham FoundryTel : +44 (0)114 249 4977Durham FoundryCookie Statement & Privacy Policy Durham Foundry
Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr Pinterest
Share This Page
Recommend This Page