Effects of Mg content on microstructure and electrochemical properties of Zn–Al–Mg alloys

Yao, C. and Tay, S.L. and Zhu, T. and Shang, H. and Gao, W. (2015) Effects of Mg content on microstructure and electrochemical properties of Zn–Al–Mg alloys. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 645. pp. 131-136. ISSN 0925-8388, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2015.05.010.

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Zn-Al-Mg cast alloys with different Mg contents were prepared and characterized in this research. The solidification process of melt liquids and the formation mechanism of intermetallic were analyzed. The influence of microstructure on corrosion resistance property of alloy was also investigated. Results show that the microhardness of Zn-Al-Mg alloys increase with the increasing of Mg content, which is due to the grain refining effect. Ternary eutectic structures (Zn/Al/Zn-Mg intermetallic) were found in Zn-Al-Mg alloys. Polarization analyse reveals that Zn-5 wt.% Al-2 wt.% Mg (ZA5M2) alloy has the lowest corrosion current density of 1.03 × 10-3 A/cm2 among all tested samples. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicates that with the increasing of Mg content, the resistance of corrosion product increases from about 930 Ω of Zn-5 wt.% Al alloy to 8360 Ω of ZA5M2 alloy. The formation of nanostructured eutectic Zn/Al/Mg2Zn11 is probably the key factor of the improved corrosion property.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Auckland and China Scholarship Council
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intermetallic; Nanostructured materials; Corrosion; Electrochemical reactions; Mechanical properties
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 01:41
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 01:41
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/19407

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