화학공학소재연구정보센터
Korean Journal of Materials Research, Vol.22, No.3, 111-117, March, 2012
Effect of Al Addition on the Precipitation Behavior of a Binary Mg-Zn Alloy
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The effect of Al addition on the precipitation behavior of a binary Mg-Zn alloy was investigated based on the changes in the morphology, distribution and element concentration of precipitates formed during aging treatment. The as-cast Mg-6.0 mass%Zn (Mg-6Zn) and Mg-6.0 mass%Zn-3.0 mass%Al (Al-added) were homogenized at 613 K for 48 h and at 673 K for 12 h; they were then solid solution treated at 673 K for 0.5 h and 1 h, respectively. The Mg-6Zn and Al-added alloys were aged at 403 K and 433 K. The peak hardness of the Al-added alloy was higher than that of the Mg-6Zn alloy at each aging temperature. Rod-like, plate-like, blocky, and lath-like precipitates were observed in the Al-added alloy aged at 433 K for 230.4 ks, although the rod-like and plate-like precipitates were observed in the TEM microstructure of the Mg-6Zn alloy aged at 433 K for 360 ks. Moreover, the precipitates in the Al-added alloy were refined and densely distributed compared with those in the Mg-6Zn alloy. The Cliff-Lorimer plots obtained by the EDS analysis of the rod-like β1 and plate-like β2 phases in the Al-added alloy peak aged at 433 K for 230.4 ks were examined. It was confirmed that the β2 phases had higher concentration of solute Al atom than was present in the β1 phases, indicating that the properties of precipitates can be changed by Al addition.
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