Investigation on the Duration of Action of Mg3N2 as a Grain Refiner for AZ80 Alloy

Thomas Hösele, Ernst Neunteufl, Jiehua Li

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In magnesium alloys with aluminum as an alloying component, zirconium loses its grain refinement effect as a grain refiner. Instead of zirconium, Mg3N2 can be used, and promising results have already been obtained. However, the duration of action of Mg3N2 has not been elucidated yet. The aim of this work is therefore to determine the grain size of the AZ80 alloy as a function of the duration of action of Mg3N2 and thus the economically reasonable duration of use. It was found that the Mg3N2 reaches its full effect from 30 min after a complete remelting and does not lose this grain refinement effect even after 90 min. It thus proves to be a stable and reliable grain refiner. A grain size of 146.3 ± 10.3 µm was achieved. Furthermore, a minimum tensile strength of 205 MPa with a break elongation of 5.99% was achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Article number485
Number of pages11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2024

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  • AZ80 alloy
  • grain refinement
  • growth restriction factor
  • mechanical properties
  • MgN
  • thermal analysis

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