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Die forging of the alloys Az80 and Zk60

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Author: Kurz, G. · Clauw, B. · Sillekens, W.H. · Letzig, D.
Type:article
Date:2009
Publisher: TMS
Institution: TNO Industrie en Techniek
Source:Magnesium Technology 2009, 15 February 2009 through 19 February 2009, San Francisco, CA, USA, Conference code: 76923, 197-202
Identifier: 241960
ISBN: 9780873397308
Keywords: Materials · Forging · Magnesium · Magnesium alloys · Industrial Innovation

Abstract

Overall goal of the MagForge project is to provide tailored and cost-effective technologies for the industrial manufacturing of magnesium forged components. Scientific and technological aspects are new alloys/feedstock materials with improved performance, forging process modeling and design tools with a satisfying level of predictability, machining technology for safe and rational finishing of the forgings, and typical demonstrator components to validate results. The targeted advancements are to enable high-volume applications of magnesium forgings. This paper gives an overview of the MagForge project and the first results. The commercial magnesium alloys AZ80 and ZK60 were investigated. With respect to the different microstructure of the alloys the mechanical properties of the feedstock, the parameters of the forging process and the mechanical properties of the forging parts will be presented and discussed. The results show that the magnesium alloys offer the possibility to produce parts with complex geometries similar to aluminum forging parts.