Performance evaluation of high-pressure die-cast magnesium alloys

Mark Easton, Suming Zhu, Mark Gibson, Trevor Abbott, Hua Qian Ang, Xiaobo Chen, Nick Birbilis, Gary Savage

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Over 90% of the magnesium (Mg) alloys in commercial applications are produced by high-pressure die-casting. This paper presents our efforts in evaluating castability and properties of commercial and near-commercial magnesium alloys to demonstrate how the currently available alloys can be applied to different situations across a range of property space. For high temperature applications, i.e. 175 °C and above, Mg–RE and Mg–Al–Ca based alloys have creep properties at least comparable to aluminium (Al) alloy A380 although these alloys have some challenges with casting or cost. For moderate temperatures, Mg–Al–RE based alloys, especially AE44, are most attractive due to an excellent combination of creep resistance, strength and castability. For automotive structural applications where a good combination of strength and ductility is required, Mg–Al alloys provide the baseline, but Mg–Al–RE based alloys can provide outstanding performance, especially with recent discoveries about its response to age hardening treatments. Therefore, high-pressure die-cast Mg alloys hold great promise for continued growth in automotive applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMagnesium Technology 2017
EditorsNeale R. Neelameggham, Alok Singh, Kiran N. Solanki, Dmytro Orlov
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319523910
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventMagnesium Technology Symposium 2017 - San Diego, United States of America
Duration: 26 Feb 20172 Mar 2017 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
VolumePart F8
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


ConferenceMagnesium Technology Symposium 2017
CountryUnited States of America
CitySan Diego
Internet address


  • Castability
  • Creep
  • Magnesium alloys
  • Property evaluation

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