Zamak 5 (ASTM AC41A, Z35531, Mazak 5) Zinc Alloy

Zamak 5 is an alloy of zinc, further classified as a zinc-aluminum. It is typically furnished in the as-fabricated (no temper or treatment) condition. AC41A is the ASTM designation for this material. Z35531 is the UNS number. And Zamak 5 is the industry name.

Material Properties

Base Metal Price19 % rel

Brinell Hardness91

Compressive (Crushing) Strength600 MPa (87 x 103 psi)

Density7.0 g/cm3 (440 lb/ft3)

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus98 GPa (14 x 106 psi)

Electrical Conductivity26 % IACS

Electrical Resistivity Order of Magnitude-7 10x Ω-m

Elongation at Break7.5 %

Fatigue Strength (Endurance Limit)56 MPa (8.1 x 103 psi)

Knoop Hardness120

Melting Onset (Solidus)380 °C (720 °F)

Modulus of Resilience (Unit Resilience)270 kJ/m3

Poisson's Ratio0.25

Rockwell B Hardness57

Shear Modulus33 GPa (4.8 x 106 psi)

Shear Strength260 MPa (38 x 103 psi)

Solidification (Pattern Maker's) Shrinkage1.2 %

Specific Heat Capacity420 J/kg-K

Strength to Weight Ratio47 kN-m/kg

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)330 MPa (48 x 103 psi)

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)230 MPa (33 x 103 psi)

Thermal Conductivity110 W/m-K

Thermal Diffusivity37 m2/s

Thermal Expansion27 µm/m-K

Unit Rupture Work (Ultimate Resilience)22 MJ/m3

The length of each bar compares the given value to the highest value in the database.

Alloy Composition

Zinc (Zn)94.3 to 95.7 %

Aluminum (Al)3.5 to 4.3 %

Copper (Cu)0.75 to 1.3 %

Magnesium (Mg)0.030 to 0.080 %

Iron (Fe)0 to 0.1 %

Lead (Pb)0 to 0.0050 %

Cadmium (Cd)0 to 0.0040 %

Tin (Sn)0 to 0.0030 %

Further Reading

ASTM B86: Standard Specification for Zinc and Zinc-Aluminum (ZA) Alloy Foundry and Die Castings

Properties and Selection: Nonferrous Alloys and Special-Purpose Materials, ASM Handbook vol. 2, ASM International, 1993

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