Precipitation Strengthening in Extruded AZ61 Magnesium Alloys During Heat Treatment Process

Mohd Daud, Mohd Ahadlin and Din, Abdul Talib and Jusoff, Kamaruzzaman and Selamat, Mohd Zulkefli (2013) Precipitation Strengthening in Extruded AZ61 Magnesium Alloys During Heat Treatment Process. World Applied Sciences Journal 21(Special Issue of Engineering and Technology), 21 (5). pp. 41-46. ISSN 1818-4952

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Magnesium alloys, in particular the commercial wrought alloy, AZ61 has been increasingly considered as an attractive material in the transportation industry. The objective of this paper is to determine the microstructure change and Mg Al precipitation in the alloy and to evaluate its mechanical properties 17 12 grain. After primary microstructure characterization and mechanical testing in the as-extruded condition the specimens are subjected to heat treatment to the temperature 400°C for one hour followed by quenching in the water. Specimens treated were found to have a coarse grain, homogeneous structure with a substantial increase in grain size. Optical observations also reveal Mg Al precipitations grow in the form of needle shape within the 17 12 grain after two hour aging. The mechanical properties and the Hardness Vickers (HV) of the AZ61 magnesium alloy are also found to increase owing to secondary hardening by precipitation strengthening. Therefore, the deformation mechanism improved the materials properties ex-specially in automotive industry. Future work should focus on the improvement of different mechanical properties such as fracture toughness and creep resistance by using precipitation strengthening.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Experiment conducted at FKM's Laboratory Complex at Phase B, TTU
Uncontrolled Keywords: AZ61 Magnesium Alloy % Heat Treatment % Mg Al Precipitation % Aging
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering > Department of Design and Innovation
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Abdul Talib Din
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 22:19
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 03:55
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