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Corrosion Resistance of Interstitial Free Steel and Mg Alloys Sheets Joined by Mechanical Clinching


The corrosion resistance of mechanically clinched interstitial free (IF) steel–Mg joints was investigated by potentiodynamic and immersion corrosion tests in 3.5% NaCl solution at 25 C. The initial microstructure influenced the corrosion performance of studied joints due to the formation of secondary phases and their volume fraction changed the galvanic corrosion response of Mg materials. Nd-La addition enhanced the corrosion resistance of IF-Mg joints, where two times higher corrosion resistance was obtained by IF-AZ31B-0.5Nd-0.1La (1110 mils/year (mpy)) joint than IF-AZ31B (3670 mpy). The cross section locations had different secondary phase (SP) volume fraction, SP-distribution and grain orientations which altered the corrosion behavior of joined materials. After the clinching process, the deformed section of IF-AZ31B-0.5Nd-0.1La and IF-AZ31B showed lower corrosion rate than undeformed sections 1040 and 1110 mpy and 2820 and 3670 mpy, respectively.

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This work was financially supported by the Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit of Karabük University, Project Number: FYL-2020-2254.

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Mhawesh, Z.T., Kara, İ.H. & Zeyvelı, M. Corrosion Resistance of Interstitial Free Steel and Mg Alloys Sheets Joined by Mechanical Clinching. J. of Materi Eng and Perform (2022).

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  • AZ31B
  • corrosion
  • La
  • mechanical clinching
  • Nd