Effect of ECAE on microstructures and mechanical properties of solution heat treated Mg-5(mass%) Sn alloy

Hao Jan Tsai, Chin Guo Kuo, Chuen Guang Chao, Tzeng Feng Liu

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The microstructures and mechanical properties of the Mg-5(mass%) Sn alloy subjected to a solution heat treatment (SHT) were investigated by using equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE). The average grain size was significantly refined from 147μm (as-cast) to 16μm by ECAE four passes. Further, the fine Mg2Sn particles were uniformly distributed in the matrix by dynamic precipitation after ECAE four passes. The yield strength (YS), ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongations also showed notable improvements at room temperature and high temperatures (100 and 200°C) on account of the ECAE process. Further, the tensile strength and elongations were better than those of the ECAE without SHT alloy. Those results show that SHT is a useful way to enhance the effect of ECAE on the mechanical properties of Mg-5(mass%) Sn alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1423-1428
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep 3



  • Equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE)
  • Mg-5(mass%) Sn alloy
  • Solution heat treatment (SHT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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