Determination of the thixocasting temperatures of AZ91D and other Mg alloys using a quenching method

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Metallurgical Quarterly
Volume47
Issue2
Pages163172; # of pages: 9
SubjectThixocasting Temperature; AZ91D; Mg Alloys; Quenching Method
AbstractThe thixocasting injection temperature is a crucial processing parameter, frequently unavailable in the literature, especially for newly developed alloys. In this work, a simple and rapid method derived from the quenching method was developed to obtain an acceptable thixocasting injection temperature range for various magnesium alloys: AZ91D, AJ62x, AXJ530, MRI153 and ZAEX10440. Small specimens of each alloy were heated to appropriate temperatures within the semisolid range and quenched. Their microstructure was observed optically and the proportion of phase was measured using quantitative image analysis. The microsegregation was characterized and two different heating cycles prior to quenching were studied. The apparent volume fraction of the primary solid was determined as a function of quenching temperature between liquidus and solidus. These results were found useful to obtain a practical injection temperature range for each alloy and to obtain good quality thixocast parts.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Industrial Materials Institute
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NRC number51103
NPARC number12744923
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