The Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Mg-8Zn-8Al-4RE Magnesium Alloy
The Mg-8Zn-8Al-4RE (RE = mischmetal, mass%) magnesium alloy was prepared by using casting method. The microstructure and mechanical properties of as-cast alloy, solid solution alloy and aged alloy samples have been investigated. Optical microscopy, X-ray diffractometery and scanning electron microscope attached energy spectrometer were used to characterize the microstructure and phase composition for the alloy. Net shaped τ-Mg32(Al,Zn)49 phase was obtained at the grain boundary, and needle-like or blocky Al11RE3 phase disperses in grain boundary and α-Mg matrix. The τ-Mg32(Al,Zn)49 phase disappeared during solution treatment and a new phase of Al2CeZn2 formed during subsequent age treatment. The mechanical properties were performed by universal testing machine at room temperature, 150 °C and 200 °C, separately. The ultimate tensile strength of as-cast alloy is lower compared to an age treatment alloy at 200 °C for 12h. The strengths decreased with enhancing test temperature, but elongation has not been effect by age treatment.
Yafang Han et al.
J. Wang et al., "The Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Mg-8Zn-8Al-4RE Magnesium Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 546-549, pp. 187-190, 2007