Effect of pretreatment and annealing on microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg-1.5Zn-0.25Gd (at%) alloys reinforced with quasicrystal

Hua Huang, Chunlin Chen, Zhongchang Wang, Yunping Li, Guangyin Yuan

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Abstract

Mg-1.5Zn-0.25Gd-based alloys containing the icosahedral quasicrystalline phase (I-phase) were fabricated to investigate the effect of heat treatment on the microstructure, mechanical properties and anisotropy of the as-extruded alloys. The results show that compared with the samples extruded without homogenized annealing, the samples extruded after homogenized annealing show larger grains, lower strength and elongation, which can be attributed to the secondary-phase particles precipitated in the matrix after homogenized annealing and to the fact that only a few volume fraction of nano-scale I-phase is precipitated in the matrix during extrusion. Moreover, the anisotropy is mitigated in the alloys extruded at as-cast condition because of the grain refinement and the I-phase precipitation. We also find that after annealing at 473. K or 673. K, yield strength decreases while the elongation increases slightly, indicating that annealing has a small effect on the improvement of room-temperature strength, especially the one at relatively higher temperature. The choice of appropriate annealing temperature only imposes a little impact on the ductility enhancement of the extruded samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-82
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Volume581
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 1

Keywords

  • Annealing
  • Extrusion
  • Homogenized
  • Mechanical properties
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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