Advances in Wrought Magnesium Alloys

Advances in Wrought Magnesium Alloys

Fundamentals of Processing, Properties and Applications

1st Edition - April 25, 2012

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  • Editors: Colleen Bettles, Matthew Barnett
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857093844

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This important book summarises the wealth of recent research on our understanding of process-property relationships in wrought magnesium alloys and the way this understanding can be used to develop a new generation of alloys for high-performance applications.After an introductory overview of current developments in wrought magnesium alloys, part one reviews fundamental aspects of deformation behaviour. These chapters are the building blocks for the optimisation of processing steps covered in part two, which discusses casting, extrusion, rolling and forging technologies. The concluding chapters cover applications of wrought magnesium alloys in automotive and biomedical engineering.With its distinguished editors, and drawing on the work of leading experts in the field, Advances in wrought magnesium alloys is a standard reference for those researching, manufacturing and using these alloys.

Key Features

  • Summarises recent research on our understanding of process-property relationships in wrought magnesium alloys
  • Discusses the way this understanding can be used to develop a new generation of alloys for high-performance applications
  • Reviews casting, extrusion, rolling and forging technologies, fundamental aspects of deformation behaviour, and applications of wrought magnesium alloys in automotive and biomedical engineering


Practitioners in magnesium alloy material science and those working in the technology and application/manufacturing fields.

Table of Contents

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    Part I: Types and properties of magnesium alloys

    Chapter 1: Current developments in wrought magnesium alloys


    1.1 Introduction: overview of wrought magnesium alloy development

    1.2 Current developments in magnesium wrought alloys

    1.3 Progress in wrought magnesium alloys

    1.4 Future trends in wrought magnesium alloy development

    Chapter 2: Deformation mechanisms of magnesium alloys


    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Basal slip

    2.3 Non-basal slip of < a > type dislocations

    2.4 Non-basal slip of < c + a > type dislocations

    2.5 Deformation twinning

    2.6 Dynamic deformation

    2.7 Conclusions

    2.8 Acknowledgements

    Chapter 3: Twinning and its role in wrought magnesium alloys


    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Fundamentals of twinning

    3.3 The impact of twinning on mechanical response

    3.4 The impact of structure and processing on twinning

    3.5 Conclusion

    3.6 Acknowledgements

    Chapter 4: Superplasticity in magnesium alloys by severe plastic deformation


    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Microstructure evolution during thermomechanical processing

    4.3 Superplastic behaviour

    4.4 Fracture during superplastic deformation

    4.5 Mechanisms and models

    4.6 Conclusions

    Chapter 5: Dynamic recrystallization in magnesium alloys


    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Dynamic recrystallization (DRX) mechanisms operating in magnesium alloys

    5.3 Effect of initial structure on DRX

    5.4 DRX in different magnesium alloys

    5.5 DRX during severe plastic deformation

    5.6 Conclusions

    5.7 Acknowledgements

    Part II: Processing of magnesium alloys

    Chapter 6: Direct chill casting of magnesium extrusion billet and rolling slab


    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Heat and fluid flow

    6.3 Magnesium direct chill (DC) casting technology and engineering

    6.4 Solidified structures and defect formation

    6.5 Conclusions

    Chapter 7: Twin roll casting of magnesium


    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Industrial perspective

    7.3 Twin roll casting (TRC) process

    7.4 Solidification and strip microstructure

    7.5 Thermodynamic calculations

    7.6 Process modeling and simulation

    7.7 Conclusions

    Chapter 8: Enhancing the extrudability of wrought magnesium alloys


    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 Extrudability of magnesium alloys

    8.3 Microstructural development during extrusion

    8.4 Recent extrusion alloy development

    8.5 Conclusions

    Chapter 9: Hydrostatic extrusion of magnesium alloys


    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Process basics

    9.3 Research and development issues

    9.4 Future trends

    9.5 Sources of further information

    9.5 Conclusions

    Chapter 10: Rolling of magnesium alloys


    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Potential of magnesium sheets

    10.3 The sheet rolling process and its influence on sheet properties

    10.4 Alloying effects on sheet properties

    10.5 Formability of magnesium sheets

    10.6 Enabling technologies and future trends

    10.7 Sources of further information

    Chapter 11: Forging technology for magnesium alloys


    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Forging technology

    11.3 Forging of magnesium alloys

    11.4 Near-net-shape forming of magnesium alloys

    11.5 Conclusions

    11.6 Acknowledgements

    Part III: Applications of magnesium alloys

    Chapter 12: Applications of magnesium alloys in automotive engineering


    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 Materials properties

    12.3 Alloy development

    12.4 Manufacturing process development

    12.5 Automotive applications of magnesium alloys

    12.6 Future trends

    12.7 Conclusions

    12.7 Acknowledgements

    Chapter 13: Biomedical applications of magnesium alloys


    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Functionality of magnesium implants

    13.3 Cardiovascular implants

    13.4 Orthopaedic and other implants

    13.5 Future trends

    13.6 Sources of further information

    13.7 Conclusions


Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2012
  • Published: April 25, 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857093844

About the Editors

Colleen Bettles

Colleen Bettles is Assistant Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals at Monash University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Monash University

Matthew Barnett

Matthew Barnett is ARC Future Fellow and Professor of Metallurgy at Deakin University. Both are internationally-renowned for their research in magnesium alloys.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deakin University, Australia

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