1997-02-24

The Effect of Non-Metallic Inclusions on the Properties of Die Cast Magnesium 970331

The effect of non-metallic inclusions (NMIs) on the properties of die cast magnesium was investigated. NMI content was quantified by a newly developed light reflectance technique. The mechanical properties of optimized AM60B test bars were found to decrease at high inclusion levels. Low inclusion levels did not statistically reduce the mechanical properties of AM60B as compared to virgin metal. Argon-refined AM60B displayed mechanical properties that were indistinguishable from virgin alloy. AZ91D test plates were die cast at various cleanliness levels. After salt spray testing, it was found that the surface quality of the castings was slightly degraded at high NMI levels. The general corrosion performance was also affected, but paint adhesion was relatively unaffected. At high NMI levels, the corrosion performance was still better than 380 A. Machinability of the AZ91D test plates was quantified by measuring tool wear and cutting forces. It was found that tool wear and cutting forces increased with NMI content. Since the properties of die cast magnesium are influenced by metal cleanliness, efficient measurement and control of NMI content is critical to the production of high quality secondary alloy.

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