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Enhancing the mechanical properties of AE42 magnesium alloy through friction stir processing
H.S. Arora, , H. Singh, B.K. Dhindaw, S. Mukherjee
Published in Wiley-VCH Verlag
Volume: 16
Issue: 5
Pages: 571 - 580
Friction stir processing (FSP) was carried out for AE42 Mg alloy resulting in significant grain refinement and uniform dispersion of fine in situ precipitates. The average grain size was 20°μm for the as-cast AE42 alloy, which was refined to 1.5°μm after FSP. Tensile testing revealed significantly higher modulus and yield strength for the friction stir processed (FSPed) specimen with some improvement in ductility. The fractured surface of the as-cast alloy showed ridges, grooves and cracks indicating brittle failure. In contrast, the fractured surface of FSPed specimen showed fine dimples, characteristic of ductile failure. Nano-indentation was used to analyze the variation of hardness and modulus across the nugget zone of the FSPed specimen. FSPed specimen demonstrated greater strain-hardening tendency compared to the as-cast alloy. Enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg alloys can result in substantial cost savings across a number of industries and have wide economic impact. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
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