Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters)

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 53–65 | Cite as

Effects of Ca Addition on the Mechanical Properties and Corrosion Behavior of ZM21 Wrought Alloys

  • Jiang Yang
  • Jian PengEmail author
  • Min Li
  • Eric A. Nyberg
  • Fu-Sheng Pan


The microstructures, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance of ZM21 magnesium alloys with a wide range of calcium (Ca) addition (0.1–1.6 wt%) were investigated. Results showed that the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance were improved with Ca addition because of grain refinement and formation of Ca2Mg6Zn3. However, these properties were deteriorated when Ca contents reached 1.6 wt%. The optimal Ca content of alloys was 0.7 wt%; alloy with this Ca content showed good mechanical performance and corrosion resistance, having a strength of 260 MPa, an elongation of 21.5%, and an average weight loss of 0.77 mg/(cm2 days).


Microstructure Mechanical property Corrosion resistance Ca addition Mg alloy 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51474043), the Ministry of Education of China (NSRFDR 20130191110018), and the Education Commission of Chongqing Municipality (KJZH14101).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiang Yang
    • 1
  • Jian Peng
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Min Li
    • 1
  • Eric A. Nyberg
    • 3
  • Fu-Sheng Pan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, College of Materials Science and EngineeringChongqing UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Chongqing Academy of Science and TechnologyChongqingChina
  3. 3.Pacific Northwest National LaboratoryRichlandUSA

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