The First Usage of Cast Iron
|The Iron Bridge in England, constructed in 1781|
By Daniel Fischermann
Cast iron has been in usage since 500 BC in China. Cast iron was poured into molds to make different items such as iron pans. The Chinese knew steel at the time, but cast iron was cheaper and therefore more commonly used. Steel was used for more expensive weapons for the elite. Also, wrought iron was used for weapons at the time. Wrought iron has many of the same characteristics as cast iron, but it is stronger than cast iron and it is also not brittle.
First Usage in the West
The earliest use of cast iron in Europe was around 1100 AD or more than 1600 years after the first use of cast iron in China. Cast iron was used extensively before and during the industrial revolution. The first cast-iron bridge was build in 1781 in England by Abraham Darby III.
|Canopies in cast iron, 1904|