Metallography of Mg Alloys

  • Norbert HortEmail author
  • Victor Floss
  • Sarkis Gavras
  • Gert Wiese
  • Domonkos Tolnai
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


Processing and composition determine microstructural properties. To reveal the microstructure, the metallographic investigation is a commonly used method, and therefore, it is a crucial part in the characterization of metals and alloys. Choosing incorrect preparation steps will lead to artefacts and misleading conclusions due to the compositional analysis and processing steps influencing the microstructure. However, in the published literature, it is obvious that not all reported microstructures are in fact true microstructures of investigated material. Especially in the case of magnesium and its alloys, special care is necessary to obtain micrographs with a true representation. What quite often is presented are surfaces that show artefacts rather than microstructures. Examples of this will be shown as well as their counterpart real microstructures.


Magnesium Metallography Grinding Polishing Etching Artefacts 



The authors would like to thank a few unnamed authors from papers that they reviewed. DT and SG also would like to thank the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for funding a part of this work under grants TO817/4-1 and ME4487/1-1.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norbert Hort
    • 1
    Email author
  • Victor Floss
    • 2
  • Sarkis Gavras
    • 1
  • Gert Wiese
    • 1
  • Domonkos Tolnai
    • 1
  1. 1.MagIC – Magnesium Innovation Centre, Helmholtz-Zentrum GeesthachtGeesthachtGermany
  2. 2.Helmut Schmidt UniversityHamburgGermany

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