Microstructures and mechanical properties of AZ61 magnesium alloy after processing with high presser torsion

Yosuke Harai, Masaaki Kai, Kenji Kaneko, Zenji Horita

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    A magnesium alloy AZ61 was subjected to a process of severe plastic deformation through high pressure torsion (HPT) at room and elevated temperatures. For the HPT process, a pressure of 3 GPa was applied to the alloy with a disk-shaped sample having dimensions of 10 mm in diameter and 0.8 mm in thickness while the lower anvil was rotated with respect to the upper anvil with a rotation speed of 1 rpm for up to 7 turns. Microstructures were observed using optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Hardness was measured across the diameter of the sample to examine any variation with respect to positions from the center of the disk under different HPT conditions. Tensile tests were carried out at 473 K with initial strain rates ranging from 3.3 × 10-4 s-1 to 3.3 × 10-2 s -1. Microstructure observations revealed that the average grain size was reduced to 0.52, 0.37, 0.23 and 0.22 μm after 1, 3, 5 and 7 turns, respectively, for HPT performed at 423 K, Superplasticity with an elongation to failure of 620% was attained for the sample processed after 5 turns at 423 K when the tensile specimen was deformed at 473 K with an initial strain rate of 3.3 × 10-3 s-1.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)213-217
    Number of pages5
    JournalNippon Kinzoku Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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