Development of Creep-Resistant Magnesium Alloys for Powertrain Applications: Part 1 of 2 2001-01-0422
A family of low-cost, creep-resistant magnesium alloys has been developed. These alloys, containing aluminum, calcium, and strontium are designated as “ACX” alloys. Developed for engine blocks and transmissions, the “ACX” alloys have at least 40% greater tensile and 25% greater compressive creep resistance than AE42, and corrosion resistance as good as AZ91D (GMPG 9540P/B corrosion test). These alloys are estimated to cost only slightly more than AZ91D and have as good castability. Creep data up to 200°C, tensile properties at room temperature and 175°C, corrosion results and microstructure analysis are presented and discussed. These alloys have the potential to enable the extension of the substantial weight reduction benefits of magnesium to powertrain components.
Bob R. Powell, Alan A. Luo, Vadim Rezhets, John J. Bommarito, Basant L. Tiwari
General Motors Research and Development Center
SAE 2001 World Congress
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