Study on the Microstructure and Mechanical Property of High Strength Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr Alloy
The microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-3wt％Nd-0.2wt％Zn-0.4wt％Zr alloy in as-cast, solution-treated and solution-treated + peak-aged were investigated. The alloy had a cast structure with large intergranular Mg12Nd phase between the α-Mg matrix. After solution-treated, the intergranular Mg12Nd phase disappeared and lots of small Zr-containing particles distributed inside the grains. Small plate-like phases precipitated inside the grains strengthened the alloy to a high level after peak-aged at 200°C for 16 hours: the ultimate strength of the alloy up to 305 MPa, with considerable elongation rate 11%, and yield strength 140 MPa. The peak-aged samples also had good creep resistance, with strain rate less than 0.2% after 120 hours creep test under the condition of 110 MPa at 200°C. The minimum creep rate was about 4.64×10-9. The alloy had different fracture pattern in different states: as-cast state, intergranular fracture was the key pattern to failure; after solution-treated, the fracture pattern turned to cleavage transgranular fracture; after peak-aged, the alloy had a mixed fracture pattern of transgranular and intergranular, in which transgranular was the main style.
Yafang Han et al.
W. J. Ding et al., "Study on the Microstructure and Mechanical Property of High Strength Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 546-549, pp. 433-436, 2007