Achieving enhanced ductility in a dilute magnesium alloy through severe plastic deformation

Kiyoshi Matsubara, Yuichi Miyahara, Zenji Horita, Terence G. Langdon

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    Experiments were conducted to evaluate the utility of a new processing procedure developed for Mg-based alloys in which samples are subjected to a two-step processing route of extrusion followed by equal-channel angular pressing (designated as EX-ECAP). The experiments were conducted using a Mg-0.6 wt pct Zr alloy and, for comparison purposes, samples of pure Mg. It is shown that the potential for successfully using ECAP increases in both materials when adopting the EX-ECAP procedure. For the Mg-Zr alloy, the use of EX-ECAP produces a grain size of ∼1.4 μm when the pressing is undertaken at 573 K. By contrast, using EX-ECAP with pure Mg at 573 K produces a grain size of ∼26 μm. Tensile testing of the Mg-Zr alloy at 523 and 573 K after processing by EX-ECAP revealed the occurrence of significantly enhanced ductilities with maximum elongations of ∼300 to 400 pct.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1735-1744
    Number of pages10
    JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
    Volume35 A
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Metals and Alloys


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