Discontinuous and Continuous Precipitation during Aging in Mg-Al System Alloys
In this study, age-hardening behavior of Mg-Xmass%Al alloys (X=3, 4.5, 6, 7.5 and 9mass%) were investigated by Vickers hardness measurement and optical microscopic observation. Each alloy was solution-treated and then isothermal-aged at 473, 498 and 523K. In the case of aluminum content less than 6mass%, Mg-3mass%Al and Mg-4.5mass%Al alloys, occurred insignificant age hardening. In the case of aluminum content higher than 6mass%, Mg-6mass%Al, Mg-7.5mass%Al and Mg-9mass%Al alloys, occurred remarkable age hardening. For each aging temperature, with heighten aluminum content, increase the value of maximum hardness and shorten time to maximum hardness. Mean hardness of discontinuous precipitation during aging increased with lower aging temperature and higher aluminum content. Furthermore, over-aged microstructure of Mg-Al system alloys differed from aluminum content or aging temperature.
T. Chandra, M. Ionescu and D. Mantovani
Y. Ebata et al., "Discontinuous and Continuous Precipitation during Aging in Mg-Al System Alloys", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 409, pp. 329-334, 2012