Indexed on: 05 Jan '12Published on: 05 Jan '12Published in: Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A
The effects of extrusion ratio and alloying addition on the microstructure of Mg-0.2 wt pct Ce alloys are investigated by electron backscatter diffraction. The results show that in this alloy, texture randomization does not occur at high or low extrusion ratios but at a ratio of 25:1 at 400 °C. When extruded at the same temperature and extrusion ratio, Ca addition to Mg results in a weak nonbasal texture. In contrast, Mg-Al and Mg-3 wt pct Al-0.2 wt pct Ce alloys do not exhibit texture modification in single-pass extrusion. In the Mg-Al-Ce alloy, Ce and Al form Al11Ce3 particles, leaving little Ce solute in the matrix. The texture modifications in Mg-Ce or Mg-Ca alloys are related to the nature of the solid solution and consistent with dynamic strain aging during extrusion.