# AM60A (AM60A-F, M10600) Magnesium

AM60A magnesium is a magnesium alloy. Cited properties are appropriate for the as-fabricated (no temper or treatment) condition. AM60A is the ASTM designation for this material. M10600 is the UNS number.

It has a fairly low thermal conductivity among magnesium alloys. In addition, it has a fairly high ductility and a moderately low tensile strength.

The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare AM60A magnesium to other magnesium alloys (top) and the entire database (bottom). A full bar means this is the highest value in the relevant set. A half-full bar means it's 50% of the highest, and so on.

## Mechanical Properties

Brinell Hardness

62

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

45 *GPa* 6.6 *x 10 ^{6} psi*

Elongation at Break

8.8 *%*

Fatigue Strength

70 *MPa* 10 *x 10 ^{3} psi*

Poisson's Ratio

0.29

Shear Modulus

18 *GPa* 2.5 *x 10 ^{6} psi*

Shear Strength

130 *MPa* 19 *x 10 ^{3} psi*

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

230 *MPa* 33 *x 10 ^{3} psi*

Tensile Strength: Yield (Proof)

130 *MPa* 19 *x 10 ^{3} psi*

## Thermal Properties

Latent Heat of Fusion

350 *J/g*

Maximum Temperature: Mechanical

120 *°C* 250 *°F*

Melting Completion (Liquidus)

620 *°C* 1140 *°F*

Melting Onset (Solidus)

550 *°C* 1030 *°F*

Specific Heat Capacity

1000 *J/kg-K* 0.24 *BTU/lb-°F*

Thermal Conductivity

62 *W/m-K* 36 *BTU/h-ft-°F*

Thermal Expansion

26 *µm/m-K*

## Electrical Properties

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Volume

13 *% IACS*

Electrical Conductivity: Equal Weight (Specific)

69 *% IACS*

## Otherwise Unclassified Properties

Base Metal Price

12 *% relative*

Density

1.7 *g/cm ^{3}* 110

*lb/ft*

^{3}Embodied Carbon

23 *kg CO _{2}/kg material*

Embodied Energy

160 *MJ/kg* 68 *x 10 ^{3} BTU/lb*

Embodied Water

990 *L/kg* 120 *gal/lb*

## Common Calculations

Resilience: Ultimate (Unit Rupture Work)

17 *MJ/m ^{3}*

Resilience: Unit (Modulus of Resilience)

190 *kJ/m ^{3}*

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

15 *points*

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

71 *points*

Strength to Weight: Axial

37 *points*

Strength to Weight: Bending

49 *points*

Thermal Diffusivity

37 *m ^{2}/s*

Thermal Shock Resistance

14 *points*

## Alloy Composition

Mg | 91.8 to 94.4 | |

Al | 5.5 to 6.5 | |

Mn | 0.13 to 0.6 | |

Si | 0 to 0.5 | |

Cu | 0 to 0.35 | |

Zn | 0 to 0.22 | |

Ni | 0 to 0.030 |

All values are % weight. Ranges represent what is permitted under applicable standards.

## Followup Questions

## Similar Alloys

## Further Reading

ASTM B94: Standard Specification for Magnesium-Alloy Die Castings

Essential Readings in Magnesium Technology, Suveen N. Mathaudhu et al. (editors), 2014

Environmental Degradation of Advanced and Traditional Engineering Materials, Lloyd H. Hihara et al., 2014.

Advanced Materials in Automotive Engineering, Jason Rowe (editor), 2012

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