Deformation Mechanism and Hot Workability of Extruded Magnesium Alloy AZ31

Abstract

Using the flow stress curves obtained by Gleeble thermo-mechanical testing, the processing map of extruded magnesium alloy AZ31 was established to analyze the hot workability. Stress exponent and activation energy were calculated to characterize the deformation mechanism. Then, the effects of hot deformation parameters on deformation mechanism, microstructure evolution and hot workability of AZ31 alloy were discussed. With increasing deformation temperature, the operation of non-basal slip systems and full development of dynamic recrystallization (DRX) contribute to effective improvement in hot workability of AZ31 alloy. The influences of strain rate and strain are complex. When temperature exceeds 350 °C, the deformation mechanism is slightly dependent of the strain rate or strain. The dominant mechanism is dislocation cross-slip, which favors DRX nucleation and grain growth and thus leads to good plasticity. At low temperature (below 350 °C), the deformation mechanism is sensitive to strain and strain rate. Both the dominant deformation mechanism and inadequate development of DRX deteriorate the ductility of AZ31 alloy. The flow instability mainly occurs in the vicinity of 250 °C and 1 s−1.

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This work was supported financially by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2016YFC1102402), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31570961) and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (No. BK20160968).

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Jin, ZY., Li, NN., Yan, K. et al. Deformation Mechanism and Hot Workability of Extruded Magnesium Alloy AZ31. Acta Metall. Sin. (Engl. Lett.) 31, 71–81 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40195-017-0681-5

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Keywords

  • Hot workability
  • Deformation mechanism
  • Dynamic recrystallization
  • Activation energy
  • Magnesium alloy