Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 17, pp 5838–5846 | Cite as

Microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg–Gd–Zr alloys with low gadolinium contents

  • Yao-Bo HuEmail author
  • Juan Deng
  • Chong Zhao
  • Fu-Sheng Pan
  • Jian Peng


Mg–xGd–0.6Zr (x = 2, 4, and 6% mass fraction) alloys were synthesized by semi-continuous casting process. The effects of gadolinium content and aging time on microstructures and mechanical properties of the Mg–xGd–0.6Zr alloys were investigated. The results show that the microstructures of the as-cast GKx (x = 2, 4, and 6%) alloys are typical grain structures and no Gd dendritic segregation. In as-cast Mg–6Gd–0.6Zr alloy, the second phases Mg5.05Gd, Mg2Gd, and Mg3Gd will form due to non-equilibrium solidification during the casting process, and these second phases will disappear after hot-extrusion. The residual compressive stress exists in alloys after extrusion and increases with increasing Gd content. The existence of residual compressive stress contributes to the tensile strength. The elongation of all extruded alloys is over 30%, and the ultimate and yield tensile strength of the Mg–6Gd–0.6Zr alloy are 237 and 168 MPa, respectively. After isothermal aging for 10 h, the strength of extruded Mg–6Gd–0.6Zr alloys increases slightly, however, the elongation of alloys rarely decreases. The fracture mechanism of all studied alloys is ductile fracture.


Residual Stress Residual Compressive Stress Solid Solution Strengthen Crystal Lattice Parameter Mg3Gd 



This study is supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Project no. CDJZR10 13 00 20).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yao-Bo Hu
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Juan Deng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chong Zhao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fu-Sheng Pan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jian Peng
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Materials Science and EngineeringChongqing UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium AlloysChongqingChina

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