22. An Electron Microscopy Investigation on As-Cast AZ91D Alloy Modified with Nitrogen

  1. Prof. Dr. K. U. Kainer
  1. A.A. Kaya1,
  2. O. Yucel2,
  3. D. Eliezer3 and
  4. E. Aghion4

Published Online: 22 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/3527603565.ch22

Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications

Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications

How to Cite

Kaya, A.A., Yucel, O., Eliezer, D. and Aghion, E. (2003) An Electron Microscopy Investigation on As-Cast AZ91D Alloy Modified with Nitrogen, in Magnesium: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference Magnesium Alloys and Their Applications (ed K. U. Kainer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527603565.ch22

Editor Information

  1. GKSS-Forschungszentrum, Institut für Werkstoffforschung, Max-Planck-Straße, 21502 Geesthacht, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    TUBITAK-MRC, MCTRI, Kocaeli, Turkey

  2. 2

    Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

  3. 3

    Ben-Gurion University of The Negev Department of Materials Engineering Beer-Sheva, Israel

  4. 4

    MRI, Beer-Sheva, Israel

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 APR 2005
  2. Published Print: 27 NOV 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527309757

Online ISBN: 9783527603565

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Keywords:

  • as-cast AZ91D alloy;
  • nitrogen-modified;
  • electron microscopy investigation

Summary

An attempt has been made to modify the microstructure of the most widely used magnesium alloy, AZ91D, via introducing nitrogen into the alloy in molten state. The microstructures of the samples before and after nitrogen addition were compared by using scanning and transmission electron microscopy examinations. It was observed that despite the near-zero solubility of nitrogen in magnesium the microstructure of the small ingots cast after purging the molted alloy with nitrogen showed considerable modifications as compared to the control sample cast before purging operation. Nitrogen addition appeared to lead to the elimination of the classical lamellar morphology from the microstructure. Furthermore, the divorced eutectic structure commonly observed in AZ91 was greatly promoted in the modified microstructure leading to the formation of much more α (a solid solution of Mg and Al) particles in grain boundary coarse β (Al17 Mg12) as compared to the unmodified structure. Such modifications may be expected to bring about considerable changes in mechanical behavior, or create an opportunity to assess the individual effect of the lamellar structure on corrosion and mechanical behavior of AZ91 alloy.