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AZ31B Magnesium vs. Z21210 Zinc

AZ31B magnesium belongs to the magnesium alloys classification, while Z21210 zinc belongs to the zinc alloys. There are 12 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (19, in this case) are not shown. Please note that the two materials have significantly dissimilar densities. This means that additional care is required when interpreting the data, because some material properties are based on units of mass, while others are based on units of area or volume.

For each property being compared, the top bar is AZ31B magnesium and the bottom bar is Z21210 zinc.

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Mechanical Properties

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 240 to 270
150 to 170

Thermal Properties

Melting Completion (Liquidus), °C 600
Melting Onset (Solidus), °C 600
Specific Heat Capacity, J/kg-K 990
Thermal Conductivity, W/m-K 100
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 26

Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume, % IACS 18
Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific), % IACS 95

Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Density, g/cm3 1.7

Common Calculations

Strength to Weight: Axial, points 39 to 44
5.7 to 6.4
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 50 to 55
8.6 to 9.4
Thermal Diffusivity, mm2/s 62