Effect of Thermal Exposure Time on the Relaxation of Residual Stress in High Pressure Die Cast AM60
Magnesium alloys are becoming more commonly used for large castings with sections of varying thicknesses. During subsequent processing at elevated temperatures, residual stresses may relax and become a potential mechanism for part distortion. This study was conducted to quantify the effects of thermal exposure on residual stresses and relaxation in a high pressure die cast magnesium (AM60) alloy. The goal was to characterize relaxation of residual stresses at temperatures that are commonly experienced by body components during a typical paint bake cycle. A residual stress test sample design and quench technique developed for relaxation were used and a relaxation study was conducted at two exposure temperatures (140°C and 200°C) over a range of exposure times (0.25 to 24 hours). The results indicate that a significant amount of residual stress relaxation occurred very rapidly during exposure at both exposure temperatures.