An attempt has been made to modify the microstructure of the most widely used magnesium alloy, AZ91D, via introducing nitrogen into the alloy in molten state. The microstructures of the samples before and after nitrogen addition were compared by using scanning and transmission electron microscopy examinations. It was observed that despite the near-zero solubility of nitrogen in magnesium the microstructure of the small ingots cast after purging the molted alloy with nitrogen showed considerable modifications as compared to the control sample cast before purging operation. Nitrogen addition appeared to lead to the elimination of the classical lamellar morphology from the microstructure. Furthermore, the divorced eutectic structure commonly observed in AZ91 was greatly promoted in the modified microstructure leading to the formation of much more α (a solid solution of Mg and Al) particles in grain boundary coarse β (Al17 Mg12) as compared to the unmodified structure. Such modifications may be expected to bring about considerable changes in mechanical behavior, or create an opportunity to assess the individual effect of the lamellar structure on corrosion and mechanical behavior of AZ91 alloy.
|Title of host publication||Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 22 Apr 2005|