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B. Płonka, P. Korczak, K. Remsak and M. Lech-Grega

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The paper presents the results of the die forging tests of a modified EN AW-6101 alloy with the addition of Zr, using two types of the feedstock materials. The first feedstock materials were ingots cast in a vertical semi-continuous process, the second feedstock materials were extruded rods. The die forging process was carried with parameters enabling “on line” heat treatment (T5 temper). For comparison, forgings were also heat treated to the T6 temper and to thermo-mechanical treated to the T8 and T9 temper. Then forgings made from both feedstock materials were characterised in terms of structure, mechanical properties and electrical conductivity.

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B. Płonka, J. Kut, P. Korczak, M. Lech-Grega and M. Rajda

The Influence of Extrusion Process Parameters and Heat Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of High-Strenght Magnesium Alloy

The article consists test results of direct extrusion AZ80A & ZK60A magnesium alloys. Extrusion process was conducted in the temperature range 350°C-450°C at different extrusion speeds (ram speed 0.8 mm/s and 2.8 mm/s). In order to find optimum precipitation strengthening parameters the aging curves have been made. Extruded rods were characterized by mechanical properties in different tempers. Basic structure researches of magnesium alloys have been made.

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B. Płonka, K. Remsak, P. Korczak, M. Lech-Grega and M. Rajda

The aim of the study was to test and assess products extruded from the magnesium alloys type MgAlZn: AZ31, AZ61 and AZ80A alloys in the form of Ø35mm round bars and 80x15mm flat bars. The test material was extruded in a direct system with the ram feed speed of 1 mm/s and the extrusion ratio λ = 7 ÷ 9. The extruded bars were examined in as-extruded state and after heat treatment to the T5 temper and T6 temper. The strength properties were tested and microstructure was examined with calculation of the average grain size.

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B. Plonka, K. Remsak, M. Nowak, M. Lech-Grega, P. Korczak and A. Najder

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The object of this study was to develop parameters of plastic deformation process of magnesium alloy - ZK60A. The tests have showed that for this alloy it is possible to use the temperature of the plastic deformation process ranging from 350°C to 450°C. Samples were characterized by mechanical properties and structure in different heat treatment tempers. This magnesium alloy obtained in the T5 temper higher mechanical properties then T6 temper. The paper also presents research results of investigation of conversion coating on ZK60A magnesium alloy by anodic oxidation method in non-chromium solutions. It was found that the coating produced in non-chromium solutions show considerable increase of corrosion resistance of tested alloy.

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B. Augustyn, M. Szymanek, D. Kapinos, S. Boczkal and P. Korczak

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Contemporary materials engineering requires the use of materials characterised by high mechanical properties, as these precisely properties determine the choice of material for parts of machinery and equipment. Owing to these properties it is possible to reduce the weight and, consequently, the consumption of both material and energy. Trying to meet these expectations, the designers are increasingly looking for solutions in the application of magnesium alloys as materials offering a very beneficial strength-to-weight ratio. However, besides alloying elements, the properties are to a great extent shaped by the solidification conditions and related structure. The process of structure formation depends on the choice of casting method forced by the specific properties of casting or by the specific intended use of final product. The article presents a comparison of AZ91 magnesium alloys processed by different casting technologies. A short characteristic was offered for materials processed by the traditional semi-continuous casting process, which uses the solidification rates comprised in a range of 5 - 20°C/s, and for materials made in the process of Rapid Solidification, where the solidification rate can reach 106 °C/s. As a result of the casting process, a feedstock in the form of billets and thin strips was obtained and was subjected next to the process of plastic forming. The article presents the results of structural analysis of the final product. The mechanical properties of the ø7 mm extruded rods were also evaluated and compared.

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B. Płonka, M. Lech-Grega, K. Remsak, P. Korczak and A. Kłyszewski

The object of this study was to develop parameter of the die forging process, such as feedstock temperature and to investigate her impact on the structure and mechanical properties of magnesium alloys in different heat treatment conditions. Tests were carried out on a 2,5MN maximum capacity vertical hydraulic press using forgings of sample (model) shapes. Then, based on the results obtained in previous work, research was carried out to develop for items forged from magnesium alloys the parameters of heat treatment to the T5 and T6 condition in the context of achieving possibly homogeneous and fine-grained structure and, consequently, high mechanical properties.

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B. Płonka, M. Rajda, Z. Zamkotowicz, J. Żelechowski, K. Remsak, P. Korczak, W. Szymański and L. Snieżek

The objective of the study was to determine the feasibility of plastic forming by hot rolling of the AA2519 aluminium alloy sheets and cladding these sheets with a layer of the EN AW-1050A alloy. Numerous hot-rolling tests were carried out on the slab ingots to define the parameters of the AA2519 alloy rolling process. It has been established that rolling of the AA2519 alloy should be carried out in the temperature range of 400-440°C. Depending on the required final thickness of the sheet metal, appropriate thickness of the EN AW-1050A alloy sheet, used as a cladding layer, was selected. As a next step, structure and mechanical properties of the resulting AA2519 alloy sheets clad with EN AW-1050A alloy was examined. The thickness of the coating layer was established at 0,3÷0,5mm. Studies covered alloy grain size and the core alloy-cladding material bond strength.