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Effect of long term annealing on the microstructure of hpdc AZ91 Mg alloy: A quantitative analysis by image processing / D.G. Leo Prakash, Doris Regener, W.J.J. Vorster, Leo Prakash

Computational Materials Science, Volume: 43, Issue: 4, Pages: 759 - 766

Swansea University Author: Leo Prakash

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DOI (Published version): 10.1016/j.commatsci.2008.01.040

Abstract

A computational image analysing algorithm was developed for the separation and quantitative characterisation of different Mg17Al12 phases in the long term annealed (LTA), high pressure die cast (hpdc) AZ91 magnesium alloy such as βm (massive) and βc+d (continuous + discontinuous). The size distribut...

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Published in: Computational Materials Science
Published: 2008
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17638
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Abstract: A computational image analysing algorithm was developed for the separation and quantitative characterisation of different Mg17Al12 phases in the long term annealed (LTA), high pressure die cast (hpdc) AZ91 magnesium alloy such as βm (massive) and βc+d (continuous + discontinuous). The size distribution, nearest neighbour distance (NND) distribution, number density, average size, average NND and area fraction of βm and βc+d phases with respect to different annealing temperatures were obtained by means of novel image processing techniques and compared with the as-cast (AC) material. The different trends associated with the changes of these quantities and morphologies, nucleation and agglomeration of the phases with respect to the annealing temperature is explained. These micro quantities are also correlated with the tensile properties of different annealed castings.
Keywords: AZ91 Magnesium alloy; Pressure die casting; Long-term annealing; Microstructural quantification; Computational image processing; Tensile properties
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 4
Start Page: 759
End Page: 766