Roles of Nd and Mn in a new creep-resistant magnesium alloy


Modification of the recently developed creep-resistant Mg-3Gd-2Ca (wt.%) magnesium alloy using Nd and Mn remarkably improved the creep resistance at both 180 and 210 . The modified Mg-2Gd-1Nd-2Ca-0.5Mn alloy after solid solution treatment exhibited outstanding creep resistance that is superior to the commercial creep-resistant Mg alloy, EV31, but contained less RE addition. The microstructural observations revealed that partial replacement of Gd with 1 wt% Nd did not enhance the effect of dynamic precipitates significantly. But further analysis by atom probe tomography verified the stronger co-segregation between Nd solute atoms and other solute atoms than that of Gd and Ca in the Mg solid solutions, leading to a higher solid solution strengthening effect on the creep resistance. The addition of 0.5 wt% Mn led to the formation of polygonal-shape α-Mn precipitates, which served as heterogeneous nucleants for dynamic precipitates, refining their size and increasing the number densities. As a result, the creep properties of newly developed Mg alloys were strengthened by a combination of improved solid solution strengthening by Nd and increased precipitation hardening by Mn addition.
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