Materials Science Forum, Vol.488-489, 197-200, 2005
Effects of silicon and AlP on microstructure and properties of Mg-8Zn-4Al-0.3Mn alloy
The effects of silicon and AlP on microstructure and properties of Mg-Vn-4Al-03NIn alloy were studied. When 0.96%Si was added in the base alloy, Chinese script Mg(2)Si formed, the precipitation of tau phase was restrained while the precipitation of phi phase was facilitated for decreasing of the concentration of solute in the residual liquid phase, at the same time, the fluidity was remarkably improved. To modify Chinese script type Mg(2)Si, a new green modificator--Al-AlP master alloy was added in Mg-8Zn-4Al-0.3Mn-1Si alloy. It showed that AlP addition promoted the formation of fine polygonal type Mg(2)Si particles by providing the nucleation sites, refined the grains, facilitated the precipitation of tau phase while inhibited the precipitation of phi phase by changing the concentration of solute in the residual liquid phase and shortening the diffusion distance of the atoms. The improved microstructure of the modified alloy resulted in the large improvement in tensile properties at both ambient temperature and 150 degrees C as compared to the base alloy.