Microstructure Changes in Alloy AZ31B in Semisolid State and Its Mechanical Properties
The structural changes of the wrought magnesium alloy AZ31B in semisolid state were clarified using optical microscopy and hot-stage microscopy. The influence of heat treatment variables was assessed. Compression tests covering a range from room temperature to 673 K were carried out for mechanical property assessment; flow stress and breaking strain were determined. The following are the results: (1) The grain growth of the hot-extruded AZ31B without preprocessing sensitively reacted at temperature and retention time. (2) The hot-extruded AZ31B with 30 % preprocessing showed an almost perfectly spheroidized structure in a semisolid state under certain conditions. (3) Heating velocity markedly affected the spheroidizing rate of grains. (4) From the direct observation of the hot-extruded alloy AZ31B by hot-stage microscopy, spheroidization was observed in some crystal populations. (5) Spheroided materials in the semisolid temperature range had a lower flow stress and a larger breaking strain than nonspheroidized materials. These results indicate the possibility of manufacturing wrought magnesium alloy by cold working.
C.G. Kang, S.K. Kim and S.Y. Lee
Z. S. Ji et al., "Microstructure Changes in Alloy AZ31B in Semisolid State and Its Mechanical Properties", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 116-117, pp. 159-162, 2006