Magnesium alloys have poor tensile strength, ductility and corrosion resistance properties associated with other engineering materials like aluminum alloys, steels and superalloys etc. Therefore, many researchers worked on equal channel angular pressing of magnesium alloys to improve the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. In this work, the effect of channel angles on material properties was investigated during equal channel angular pressing of AZ80/91 magnesium alloy using processing route-R at 598 K processing temperature. Channel angles of 900 and 1100, common corner angle of 300 have been considered for the study. It has been revealed that the channel angle has a significant influence on deformation homogeneity, microhardness, ultimate tensile strength, ductility, and corrosion behavior of AZ80/91 magnesium alloys. Specifically, AZ80/91 Mg alloys processed through 900 channel angle i.e. die A is considered as optimal die parameter to improve above-said material properties. Investigation showing concerning as-received AZ80 and AZ91 Mg alloy indicates 11%, 14% improvement of UTS and 69%, 59% enhancement in ductility after processing through 4P through die A (90°) at 598 K respectively. Also, the corrosion rate reduces to 97% and 99% after processing the sample with 4P-ECAP die A (90°) at the same processing temperature for AZ80 and AZ91 Mg alloys respectively. This is mainly due to grain refinement and distribution of Mg17Al12 secondary phase during ECAP.
Part of the book: Magnesium Alloys Structure and Properties