Effects of Sr on the microstructure,tensile and creep properties of AZ61-0.7Si magnesium alloy
Ming-bo Yang1,2) ,Jia Shen1) ,Liang Bai2) ,and Fu-sheng Pan2) 1) Materials Science and Engineering College,Chongqing Institute of Technology,Chongqing 400050,China 2) Materials Science and Engineering College,Chongqing University,Chongqing 400030,China
The modification and refinement of Mg2Si phase is thought to be one of the key aspects to improve the mechanical properties of Si-containing magnesium alloys. In this article,the effects of Sr on the microstructure,tensile and creep properties of AZ61-0.7Si magnesium alloy were investigated. The results indicate that adding small amounts of Sr to AZ61-0.7Si alloy can modify and refine Chinese script shaped Mg2Si phases in the alloy. After adding 0.03wt%-0.09wt% Sr to AZ61-0.7Si alloy,the Mg2Si phases in the alloy change from the coarse Chinese script shape to fine granule and/or irregular polygonal shapes. The modification and refinement mechanisms of Mg2Si phases in Sr-containing AZ61-0.7Si alloys are possibly related to the reduction of growth rate and the enhancement of nucleation ratio for Mg2Si particles during the solidification process. Owing to the modification and refinement of Mg2Si phases,the tensile and creep properties of Sr-containing AZ61-0.7Si alloys are greatly improved.