Non-metallic inclusions are an ever present issue which adversely affects mechanical properties and therefore overall material performance.
Interestingly Sulphur has dual effects meaning that it can improve machinability potential of a material but also have a deleterious effects other key service properties such as forgeability, ductility, toughness, weldability and corrosion resistance.
Weight savings, good mechanical properties, corrosion resistance are key factors in making magnesium-zirconium alloys a preferred structural material choice in automotive and aerospace applications.
Zirconium is particularly useful for influencing grain size control for which magnesium alloys without this inclusion have a tendency to display characteristic grain growth.
Sheet metal has massive application worldwide and is a highly important form in most manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, automotive, food industry and across nearly all manufacturing industries.
Forming process are both abundant and varied in their application and can include more common examples such as drawing, stamping or roll forming but also less well known examples such as explosive and magnetic pulse forming.
Maraging steels can offer good corrosion resistance in particularly tough environments such as industrial and marine atmospheres due to the characteristic precipitation hardening of their intermetallic compounds.
With use in advanced technologies and in sectors such as aerospace, nuclear and gas turbine maraging steels are emerging as an influential material in these specific applications.