Effects of cold swaging on mechanical properties and magnetic susceptibility of the Zr–1Mo alloy

Maki Ashida, Masahiro Morita, Yusuke Tsutsumi, Naoyuki Nomura, Hisashi Doi, Peng Chen, Takao Hanawa

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Zr alloy is expected to decrease the artifact volume of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) due to its relatively small magnetic susceptibility. To improve the mechanical properties of a Zr– 1mass%Mo alloy that yielded a reduced artifact volume during MRI, the alloy was melted, hot-forged, and cold-swaged with area reduction ratios of 30%, 50%, 60%, 70%, and 84%. The effects of cold swaging on the microstructure, mechanical properties, and magnetic susceptibility of the alloy were investigated. Before cold swaging, the microstructure consisted of laminated and layered α-and β-phases; however, after cold swaging, the α-and β-phases were bent and distorted, and the α-phase became oriented along the {1010} plane. The ultimate tensile strength and elongation to fracture of the Zr–1Mo alloy after cold swaging with an 84% area reduction were 1001 MPa and 10.7%, respectively. The alloy only experienced work-hardening when subjected to large deformations. On the other hand, the change in magnetic susceptibility with cold-swaging was small, from 13.85 × 10−9 to 14.87 × 10−9 m3·kg−1. Thus, a good balance of mechanical properties and low magnetic susceptibility in the Zr–1Mo alloy was obtained by cold swaging. Therefore, this alloy is suitable for utilization in medical devices and is expected to decrease the artifact volume.

Original languageEnglish
Article number454
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 13


  • Cold swaging
  • Magnetic susceptibility
  • Mechanical properties
  • Microstructure
  • Zr-1Mo alloy


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