Extremely light (density ∼1.46 g/cm 3) and highly formable Mg-Li alloys have been drawing research interest; however, their relatively low strength is discouraging, and thus, an issue to be addressed. This paper processes and evaluates four Mg-Li alloys: the first, a basic alloy with a nominal composition of Mg-11%Li-1%Al-0.5%Zn; the second, an alloy with only Be added to the first; the third, an alloy with only Sc added to the first; and the fourth, with both Be and Sc added to the first. This research achieves a high strength of ∼240 MPa for Mg-Li alloys using the processes of solid solution treatment plus 90% heavy rolling. A subsequent natural aging process proceeded spontaneously and resulted in strength decay. Room temperature softening behavior is uncommon, but offers a convenient route for studying age-softening characteristics of metallic alloys.
- heat treating
- non-ferrous metals