Crystallographic Orientation Relationship between Discontinuous Precipitates and the Matrix in AM-Series Alloys
Magnesium alloys have received considerable attention because of their lightweight and recyclability. AM-series and AZ-series Mg-Al alloys have been used for industrial products widely, particularly for AM-series alloys because of better toughness and impact absorption properties than AZ-series alloys. The Mg17Al12 intermetallic compound is the only precipitate formed during ageing after the solution heart treatment. Discontinuous precipitates exist in grain boundary randomly, and continuous precipitates exist in the matrix. However, there is few report about the orientation relationship between the discontinuous precipitates and the matrix. The purpose of this study is to investigate the orientation relationship between the discontinuous precipitates and the matrix of AM-series magnesium alloys. Hardness measurement, SEM observation, the electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) techniques were preformed in order to understand the relationship between the discontinuous precipitate and crystallographic orientation of grains in AM-series magnesium alloy. TEM samples with discontinuous precipitates were prepared using the focused ion beam (FIB). And TEM observation was performed to investigate the discontinuous precipitates and crystallographic orientation in the matrix.
T. Chandra, M. Ionescu and D. Mantovani
K. Watanabe et al., "Crystallographic Orientation Relationship between Discontinuous Precipitates and the Matrix in AM-Series Alloys", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 409, pp. 383-386, 2012