Creep Behaviour of AE42 Magnesium Alloy and its Composites Using Impression Creep Technique
The creep behaviour of a creep-resistant AE42 magnesium alloy has been examined in the temperature range of 150 to 240°C at the stress levels ranging from 40 to 120 MPa using impression creep technique. A normal creep behaviour, i.e., strain rate decreasing with strain and then reaching a steady state, is observed at all the temperatures and stresses employed. The stress exponent varies from 5.1 to 5.7 and the apparent activation energy varies from 130 to 140 kJ/mol, which suggests the high temperature climb of dislocation controlled by lattice self-diffusion being the dominant creep mechanism in the stress and temperature range employed. The creep behaviour of the AE42 alloy has also been compared with its composites reinforced with Saffil short fibres and SiC particles in four combinations. All the composites exhibited a lower creep rate than the monolithic AE42 alloy tested at the same temperature and stress levels and the decrease in creep rate was greater in the longitudinal direction than in the transverse direction, as expected. All the hybrid composites, i.e., the composites reinforced with a combination of Saffil short fibres and SiC particles, exhibited creep rates comparable to the composite reinforced with 20% Saffil short fibres alone at all the temperature and stress levels employed, which is beneficial from the commercial point of view.
T. Chandra, N. Wanderka, W. Reimers , M. Ionescu
A.K. Mondal and S. Kumar, "Creep Behaviour of AE42 Magnesium Alloy and its Composites Using Impression Creep Technique", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 638-642, pp. 1552-1557, 2010