Thixomolding® of Magnesium Automotive Components
Thixomolding® produces net-shape parts from Magnesium alloys in a single step process involving high speed injection molding of semi-solid thixotropic alloys. A description of the process and status of commercial developments will be presented.. The mechanical properties and microstructures of Thixomolded® AZ-91D magnesium materials will be presented. Tensile strengths of semi-solid AZ-91D at both room temperature and elevated temperatures ( 373K, 423K) are compared with die cast AZ-91D. Data on enhanced creep properties of Thixomolded® AZ91-D alloy relative to die cast AZ-91D will be examined with respect to relative changes in microstructural features. Controlling the percent solids in the semi-solid state prior to injection molding can lead to improved creep performance for use in net-shape automotive components.