A survey of sensitization in 5xxx series aluminum alloys

Ruifeng Zhang, Steven Peter Knight, Ronald L Holtz, Ramasis Goswami, Chris Huw John Davies, Nick Birbilis

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The 5xxx series (Al-Mg-based) aluminum alloys suffer from intergranular corrosion and intergranular stress corrosion cracking when the alloy has become “sensitized.” Sensitization refers to insidious precipitation of β phase (Mg2Al3), which is problematic when present at grain boundaries. The β phase is electrochemically active and may preferentially dissolve. This paper reviews the relevant works that have documented the degree of sensitization for various 5xxx series alloys, providing a holistic overview of the issue, along with attention to the bulk composition, heat treatment, and microstructure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144 - 159
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • 5xxx series
  • Aluminum alloys
  • Intergranular corrosion
  • Sensitization

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