2010 Volume 51 Issue 7 Pages 1346-1349
The development of new creep resistant magnesium alloys has become a major research focus. This study examined the microstructure and creep properties of Mg-4.0 mass%Al-2.0 mass% Sn-1.0 mass%Ca alloys containing Ce. The results showed that Ce could improve dramatically the tensile strength and ductility of the alloy at room temperature and increase the creep resistance at elevated temperatures significantly. With a trace amount of Ce, the morphology changed from a coarse CaMgSn phase to a refined shape and the microstructure of the alloy was remarkably refined.