Corrosion behaviour of a pressure die cast magnesium alloy
Authors: Song, G. L.; St John, D. H.; Abbott, T.
Source: International Journal of Cast Metals Research, Volume 18, Number 3, March 2005 , pp. 174-180(7)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:High pressure die casting is the most important production method for casting magnesium alloy components, and uniformity of appearance is an important criterion for acceptance of a component by customers. This paper investigates the influence of uniformity in surface appearance of diecast AZ91D plates on their corrosion behaviour. Through immersion, hydrogen collection and weight loss measurements it was found that corrosion is more likely to occur on the areas of the plate that appear to be darker, leading to a non-uniformly corroded surface. Microstructural analysis showed that the non-uniformity in appearance is related to a difference in the morphology and distribution of porosity across the surface of a diecast AZ91D plate. The darker areas of the surface are high in porosity which breaks the continuity of the -phase network and provides shortcut paths for corrosion from the surface to the interior of the casting. The brighter shiny areas of the surface are much less porous, with isolated pores being confined by corrosion resistant -precipitates thus reducing the corrosion rate.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-03-01
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