Effects of Precipitates and Alloying Element on Microstructure and High Temperature Properties of Mg-Al Alloys

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The effects of precipitates and alloying element on the high temperature tensile properties of Mg-Al alloys were investigated in this study. In order to modify the precipitation behavior and microstructure of Mg-Al alloys, Sr and/or Mm (Misch metal) were added to the Mg-9Al and AZ91 alloys. All test specimens used in this study were die-cast on a 320 ton cold chamber high-pressure die-casting machine and the microstructures of the specimens were examined by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Tensile tests were carried out at room temperature, 150oC and 200oC at a strain rate of 2×10-4/sec. The microstructure analyses revealed that thermally stable MgAlSr and AlMm compounds were precipitated in the Sr and/or Mm added alloys and these compounds suppressed the precipitation of the discontinuous Mg17Al12 phase at grain boundaries. The high temperature mechanical properties of the Mg-Al alloys were found to increase with the addition of Sr and/or Mm. It was concluded that the addition of Sr and/or Mm improved high temperature tensile properties of the Mg-Al alloys by the formation of thermally stable precipitates.

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Materials Science Forum (Volumes 475-479)

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Z.Y. Zhong, H. Saka, T.H. Kim, E.A. Holm, Y.F. Han and X.S. Xie

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537-540

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10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.475-479.537

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Y. J. Chung and K. S. Shin, "Effects of Precipitates and Alloying Element on Microstructure and High Temperature Properties of Mg-Al Alloys", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 475-479, pp. 537-540, 2005

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January 2005

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