Improvement of fatigue properties by shot peening for Mg-10Gd-3Y alloys under different conditions

W. C. Liu, J. Dong, P. Zhang, A. M. Korsunsky, X. Song, W. J. Ding

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In the present study we investigated the influence of shot peening on the high cycle fatigue (HCF) performance of the Mg-10Gd-3Y magnesium alloys in four different conditions referred to as-cast, cast-T6, as-extruded and extruded-T5, respectively. The results show that shot peening can cause different degree of enhancement of fatigue performance for Mg-10Gd-3Y alloys depending on the Almen peening intensity applied; and that the Almen intensity could always be found that conferred the optimum improvement. The effect of shot peening was quantified, and for the as-extruded and extruded-T5 alloys it was found to be superior to that for the as-cast and cast-T6 alloys. The peened extruded-T5 Mg-10Gd-3Y alloy showed the highest fatigue strength at 107 cycles of 240MPa. The results of the analyses established a connection between the grain size, ductility and precipitates within the studied alloys. Microstructure affected the magnitude of the surface roughness induced by shot peening and also the maximum compressive residual stress and its relaxation during fatigue, and then determine the beneficial effect of shot peening.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5935-5944
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Heat treatment
  • High cycle fatigue
  • Magnesium alloy
  • Mg-10Gd-3Y
  • Shot peening


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