TY - CHAP A1 - By Hai Hao ED1 - Waldemar A. Monteiro Y1 - 2011-09-12 PY - 2011 T1 - Casting Technology and Quality Improvement of Magnesium Alloys N2 - Magnesium is the lightest of all the metals and the sixth most abundant on Earth. Magnesium is ductile and the most machinable of all the metals. Magnesium alloy developments have traditionally been driven by requirements for lightweight materials to operate under increasingly demanding conditions (magnesium alloy castings, wrought products, powder metallurgy components, office equipment, nuclear applications, flares, sacrificial anodes for the protection of other metals, flash photography and tools). The biggest potential market for magnesium alloys is in the automotive industry. In recent years new magnesium alloys have demonstrated a superior corrosion resistance for aerospace and specialty applications. Considering the information above, special issues on magnesium alloys are exposed in this book: casting technology; surface modification of some special Mg alloys; protective carbon coatings on magnesium alloys; fatigue cracking behaviors of cast magnesium alloys and also, magnesium alloys biocompatibility as degradable implant materials. BT - Special Issues on Magnesium Alloys SP - Ch. 1 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/19877 DO - 10.5772/19877 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2022-01-19 ER -