Experimental Study on Laser Shock Peening of AZ31B Magnesium Alloy Sheet

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Typical specimens of AZ31B Magnesium alloy were processed by single point and continuous laser shock peening (LSP). The selected laser energy was 25 J, spot diameter was 8 mm, peening spacing was 8 mm and peening times were 2. The obtained value of residual compressive stresses were -144.3 MPa and -230 MPa for single and continuous LSP respectively, and the magnitude of residual stress was in direct proportion to the depth of deformation in definite micro-deformation range. The average surface micro-hardness in the laser spot zone was 92.42 HV, which increased by 26% as compared to 73.2 HV of substrate, the depth of hardened layer was about 0.3 mm, and the maximum micro-hardness was about 109.86 HV beneath surface of 0.05~0.075 mm. Large amount of crystal chunks appeared at the crystal grain boundaries and inside the grains, and the average grain size decreased from the untreated 7 μm to the peened 4 μm. The results show that the nucleation of fatigue crack can be retarded and the mechanical properties of AZ31B magnesium alloy sheet can be improved greatly with LSP process.

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Periodical:

Materials Science Forum (Volumes 628-629)

Edited by:

Dongming Guo, Jun Wang, Zhenyuan Jia, Renke Kang, Hang Gao, and Xuyue Wang

Pages:

691-696

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.628-629.691

Citation:

S. Huang et al., "Experimental Study on Laser Shock Peening of AZ31B Magnesium Alloy Sheet", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 628-629, pp. 691-696, 2009

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August 2009

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