Effects of Al and Zn on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys
Two groups of magnesium alloys with various Al and Zn components are studied in this paper. One group of alloys are constant Al content of about 6% and various Zn content from 0 to 3%, another group are constant Zn content of about 0.4% and various Al content from 0 to 6%. The microstructures and mechanical properties of these alloys are investigated in as-cast and homogenized at 380°C for 15h. The results show that the tensile strength increases but yield strength decreases after homogenizing treatment. It can also be found that the morphology of second phrase and the size of grain exert the more effect on the mechanical properties than Zn content does. The alloys with uniform, fine and non-dendrite microstructure exhibit both high strength and elongation regardless of Zn content. On the other hand, the tensile strength and yield strength elevate significantly as Al content increases, and the elongation has a peak value in Al content of about 1.90%. The results show that the as-cast magnesium alloys with Al content of 5.6~6.0% and Zn content of 0.6~1.0% exhibit the best comprehensive mechanical properties.
Zhengyi Jiang and Chunliang Zhang
J. Y. Li and X. L. Du, "Effects of Al and Zn on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Magnesium Alloys", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 97-101, pp. 801-804, 2010