2008 Volume 49 Issue 6 Pages 1203-1211
The mechanical properties and processing performances of conventional magnesium alloys still could not meet the need of important application fields due to some demerits, such as poor formability, low creep resistance and unsatisfactory strength at elevated temperature. Recent investigations have shown that additions of strontium to magnesium alloys are effective in improving creep resistance of the alloys at temperatures above 150°C, and some new types of magnesium alloys containing strontium have been developed. The mechanical properties and microstructure of magnesium-aluminum based alloys containing strontium are reviewed, and the considerable discrepancy among the research results is discussed. Special attentions are paid to the mechanical properties, compounds and grain refinement of Mg-Al-Sr based alloys. The Sr/Al ratio is thought to be important to control the microstructure of Mg-Al-Sr alloys. The mechanism of grain refinement caused by strontium addition in magnesium alloys remains unclear.