Materials Chemistry and Physics, Vol.128, No.1-2, 208-213, 2011
The effects of alloying elements on microstructure and properties of gravity casting Mg-Sn-Al-Si alloy
In the present work, the effect of alloying elements on microstructure and properties of Mg-Sn-Al-Si alloy has been investigated. The microstructures of the alloys were mainly consisted of alpha-Mg, Mg(17)Al(12), Mg(2)Si and Mg(2)Sn phases. To improve the corrosion and mechanical properties by modifying the shape of precipitates in the matrix, trace amounts of Sr and Zn were added to these alloys. Analysis of the mechanical properties indicated that Sr and Zn addition improved tensile strength. On the other hand, for the corrosion resistance of the TAS652 alloy, the addition of small amount Sr was beneficial but the Zn addition was detrimental. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.