Microstructure and mechanical behavior of LZ91 Mg alloy processed by rolling and heat treatments

Chui Hung Chiu, Horng Yu Wu, Jian Yih Wang, Shyong Lee

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Mg-9%Li-1%Zn alloy was successfully cast into a 37 mm thick ingot, and then rolled to a thickness of 2 mm in this study. Effects of thermal and mechanical treatments on the microstructures and strengthening mechanisms were investigated. The experimental results indicated that the as-cast microstructure of the Mg-9%Li-1%Zn alloy had a dual phase structure with dispersed fine particles of ZnO and MgO oxides. After annealing heat treatment of the as-rolled specimen, α phase was elongated and aligned in the rolling direction, and β phase showed a recrystallized grain structure. The variation in hardness during isothermal heat treatment was believed to correspond to an unstable phase or spinodal decomposition causing age hardening effect. Cold working presented moderate hardening effect, and the hardness of the cold-rolled specimen was almost proportional to the extent of cold working.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-252
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 28 Jul 2008


  • Metals
  • Precipitation
  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • X-ray diffraction


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