As cast microstructures on the mechanical and corrosion behaviour of ZK40 modified with Gd and Nd additions

R. H. Buzolin*, M. Mohedano, C. L. Mendis, B. Mingo, D. Tolnai, C. Blawert, K. U. Kainer, H. Pinto, N. Hort

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The microstructure of ZK40, ZK40 with 2 wt% of Nd and Gd (ZK40-2Nd and ZK40-2Gd, respectively) were investigated with optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. The mechanical properties and the corrosion behaviour were correlated with the microstructure. The 2 wt% Gd addition enhanced the ductility, while the Nd addition resulted in deterioration in mechanical properties. The corrosion behaviour was also enhanced with the addition of Gd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-247
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Corrosion
  • Mechanical properties
  • Mg-Zn-Zr alloys
  • Rare earth additions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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