Gating System: Pouring Basin, Sprue, Sprue-base well, Runner, Runner Extension, In-gate, Riser

Gating System

Gating system refers to all those elements which are connected with the flow of molten metal from the ladle to the mould cavity. 

The various elements that are connected with the gating system are:

Pouring Basin


Sprue-base well


Runner Extension



Gating System: Pouring Basin, Sprue, Sprue-base well, Runner, Runner Extension, In-gate, Riser

Pouring Basin: 

In order to avoid mould erosion, molten metal is poured into a pouring basin, which acts as a reservoir from which it moves smoothly into the sprue. The pouring basin is also able to stop the slag from entering the mould cavity by means of a skimmer or skim core.


It is the channel through which the molten metal is brought into the parting plane, where it enters the runners and gates to ultimately reach the mould cavity. If the sprue were to be straight- cylindrical then the meatl flow would not be full at the bottom to avoid this problem the sprue is designed tapper.

Sprue Base Well: 

This is a reservoir for metal at the bottom of the sprue, to reduce the momentum of the molten metal.

Runner : 

The runner takes the molten metal from sprue to the casting. Ingate: This is the final stage where the molten metal moves from the runner to the mold cavity.

Riser :

Riser is a source of extra metal which flows from riser to mold cavity to compensate for shrinkage which takes place in the casting when it starts solidifying. Without a riser heavier parts of the casting will have shrinkage defects, either on the surface or internally.

Types of Gating Systems : 

The gating system also depends on the direction of the parting plane, which contains the sprue, runner and the ingate. 

They are as follows: 

Horizontal Gating System : 

This is used most widely. This type is normally applied in ferrous metal’s sand casting and gravity die-casting of non-ferrous metals. They are used for flat casting, which are filled under gravity.

Vertical Gating System : 

This is applied in tall castings were high-pressure sand mold, shell mold and die-casting processes are done. 

Top Gating System : 

this is applied in places where the hot metal is poured form the top of the casting. It helps directional solidification of the casting from top to bottom. It suits only flat castings to limit the damage of the metal during the initial filling. 

Bottom Gating System : 

it is used in tall castings where the molten metal enters the casting through the bottom.

Middle Gating System : 

It has the characteristics of both the top and bottom.

In order to provide defect-free casting the gating system should make certain provisions while designing the gating system.

1. The mould should be completely filled in the smallest time possible without having to raise the metal temperature or use high metal heads.

2. The metal should flow smoothly into the mould without any turbulence. A turbulence metal flow tends to form dross in the mould.

3. Unwanted material such as slag, dross and other mould material should not be allowed to enter the mould cavity

4. The metal entry into the mould cavity should be properly controlled in such a way that aspiration of the atmospheric air is prevented.

5. A proper thermal gradient be maintained so that the casting is cooled without any shrinkage cavities or distortions.

6. Metal flow should be maintained in such a way that no gating or mould erosion takes place.

7. The gating system should ensure that enough molten metal reaches the mould cavity

8. The gating system design should be economical and easy to implement and remove after casting solidification.

9. Ultimately, the casting yield should be maximized. 

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