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Magnesium and Zinc

Author: F.C. Campbell, Editor   |   Document Download   |   Product code: ZEMEA2008P509

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Magnesium has the lowest density (1.738 g/cm3, or 0.063 lb/in.3) of the structural metals, with a density of approximately 2/3 that of aluminum and 1/4 that of steel. Although magnesium alloys have only moderate tensile strengths, in the range of 140 to 345 MPa (20 to 50 ksi), and a modulus of elasticity of only 45 GPa (6.5 msi), due to their low densities, they exhibit favorable specific strengths (tensile strength/density) and specific moduli (modulus/ density) comparable to other structural metals.

  • From: Elements of Metallurgy and Engineering Alloys (ASM International)
  • Published: June 01, 2008
  • Pages: 17
  • Review Type: Peer reviewed