, Volume 57, Issue 5, pp 46–49 | Cite as

Current wrought magnesium alloys: Strengths and weaknesses

  • Colleen Bettles
  • Mark Gibson
Research Summary Magnesium Alloys


The opportunities for extruded and sheet magnesium products in the automotive industry, in particular, are increasing as the quest for lightweighting gains momentum. However, the current alloys all have limitations and these are accentuated when higher productivity targets are also imposed. This article attempts to summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the current wrought alloys, with particular emphasis on the extrusion process, and also considers alternative processing routes which may be useful in overcoming some of these shortcomings.


Magnesium Alloy Equal Channel Angular Extrusion Extrusion Pressure Tensile Yield Strength Extrude Product 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colleen Bettles
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Gibson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.the Cooperative Research Centre for Cast Metals Manufacturing and Commonwealth ScientificAustralia
  2. 2.Industrial Research Organisation, Manufacturing and Infrastructure TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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