Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Mg Alloy Sheets Produced by Twin Roll Caster


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Mg-Al-Zn alloys containing 0.5% Ca were strip cast into sheets with a thickness of about 1.0mm by twin roll caster. It is found that the addition of Ca to Mg95Al5-XZnX (wt%)alloys prevents the oxidation and burning of molten, and makes the melting and casting easy. The as-cast Mg96Al4Zn0.5Ca0.5 alloy sheet has few cracks at the edge. With increasing Zn content, the generation of cracks occurs more markedly. The as-cast alloys have equiaxed grains with an average grain size of 10 μm. A fine microstructure is obtained. All the samples consist of single hcp-Mg phase. The yield and ultimate tensile strength of the as-cast sheets are in the range of 180 to 200 MPa and 265 to 275 MPa, respectively. The alloy Mg95Al2Zn2.5Ca0.5 shows an elongation of 21% as well as a high strength of 275 MPa. The annealing at 400 °C causes an improvement of elongation to 24% and 30% for Mg96Al4Zn0.5Ca0.5 and Mg95Al2Zn2.5Ca0.5,respectively. A further enhancement of mechanical properties is expected by an appropriate thermomechanical treatment. The as-cast Mg96Al4Zn0.5Ca0.5 sheet was deep drawn at 250°C and a drawing ratio of 2.0 without cracking . In summery, the Ca added Mg alloys are suitable for the production of Mg alloy sheets by strip casting and the cast alloy sheet have high strength with ductility and good formability



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 539-543)

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T. Chandra, K. Tsuzaki, M. Militzer , C. Ravindran




K. Matsuzaki et al., "Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Mg Alloy Sheets Produced by Twin Roll Caster", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 1747-1752, 2007

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March 2007




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