Fundamentals of Magnesium Alloy Metallurgy

1st Edition

Editors: Mihriban Pekguleryuz Karl Kainer A. Kaya
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857090881
eBook ISBN: 9780857097293
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 11th March 2013
Page Count: 376
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Chapter 1: Primary production of magnesium


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Raw materials and production methods

1.3 Chemistry of extraction of magnesium from raw material

1.4 Fused salt electrolysis

1.5 Impurity removal chemistry in thermal processing

1.6 Process equipment

1.7 Melting, refining and casting magnesium

1.8 Magnesium alloy powder

1.9 Future trends

1.10 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Physical metallurgy of magnesium


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Crystal structure and its consequences

2.3 Plastic deformation behaviour of magnesium and its alloys

2.4 Critical resolved shear stress (CRSS), slip and twinning

2.5 Fatigue behaviour

2.6 Creep behaviour

2.7 Recrystallization and grain growth

2.8 Future trends

Chapter 3: Thermodynamic properties of magnesium alloys


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Fundamentals of thermodynamics

3.3 Thermodynamic properties of Mg alloys and compounds

3.4 First-principles thermodynamics of Mg alloys and compounds

3.5 Future trends

3.6 Acknowledgements

Chapter 4: Understanding precipitation processes in magnesium alloys


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Precipitation from supersaturated solid solution

4.3 Precipitation hardening magnesium based alloy systems

4.4 Role of precipitation hardening in the development of high strength magnesium alloys

4.5 Conclusions and future trends

Chapter 5: Alloying behavior of magnesium and alloy design


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Alloy design: solid solution alloying of magnesium

5.3 Alloy design: compound formation in magnesium alloys

5.4 The effects of second phases on the mechanical behavior of magnesium

5.5 Alloying with surfac


Magnesium and magnesium alloys offer a wealth of valuable properties, making them of great interest for use across a wide range of fields. This has led to extensive research focused on understanding the properties of magnesium and how these can be controlled during processing. Fundamentals of magnesium alloy metallurgy presents an authoritative overview of all aspects of magnesium alloy metallurgy, including physical metallurgy, deformation, corrosion and applications.

Beginning with an introduction to the primary production of magnesium, the book goes on to discuss physical metallurgy of magnesium and thermodynamic properties of magnesium alloys. Further chapters focus on understanding precipitation processes of magnesium alloys, alloying behaviour of magnesium, and alloy design. The formation, corrosion and surface finishing of magnesium and its alloys are reviewed, before Fundamentals of magnesium alloy metallurgy concludes by exploring applications across a range of fields. Aerospace, automotive and other structural applications of magnesium are considered, followed by magnesium-based metal matrix composites and the use of magnesium in medical applications.

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Fundamentals of magnesium alloy metallurgy is a comprehensive tool for all those involved in the production and application of magnesium and its alloys, including manufacturers, welders, heat-treatment and coating companies, engineers, metallurgists, researchers, designers and scientists working with these important materials.

Key Features

  • Overviews all aspects of magnesium alloy metallurgy
  • Discusses physical metallurgy of magnesium and thermodynamic properties of magnesium alloys
  • Reviews the formation, corrosion and surface finishing of magnesium and its alloys


Students of materials science; Scientists and engineers in the field of light metals metallurgy


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About the Editors

Mihriban Pekguleryuz Editor

Mihriban O. Pekguleryuz is Professor in the Light Metals Research Lab at McGill University, Canada.

Affiliations and Expertise

McGill University, Canada

Karl Kainer Editor

A. Kaya Editor

Dr. Ali Arslan Kaya is Full Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, and Head and founder of the Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Department of Mugla University, Turkey.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Akron, OH, USA