Microstructure and mechanical properties of selective laser melted magnesium

C. C. Ng, M. M. Savalani, M. L. Lau, Hau Chung Man

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The effects of laser processing parameters on the microstructure and mechanical properties of selective laser-melted magnesium were investigated. The results show that the microstructure characteristics of the laser-melted samples are dependent on the grain size of SLM magnesium. The grains in the molten zone coarsen as the laser energy density increases. In addition, the average hardness values of the molten zone decreases significantly with an increase of the laser energy densities and then decreased slowly at a relatively high laser energy density irrespective of mode of irradiation. The hardness value was obtained from 0.59 to 0.95 GPa and corresponding elastic modulus ranging from 27 to 33 GPa. The present selective laser-melted magnesium parts are promising for biomedical applications since the mechanical properties are more closely matched with human bone than other metallic biomaterials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7447-7454
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2011


  • Hardness
  • Magnesium
  • Mechanical properties
  • Microstructure
  • Selective laser melting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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