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  1. In this work, nine nanocrystalline binary Mg alloys were synthesized by high-energy ball milling. The compositions, Mg-5 wt% M (M-Cr, Ge, Mn, Mo, Ta, Ti, V, Y, and Zn), were milled with the objective of achieving non-equilibrium alloying. The milled alloys were consolidated via cold compaction (CC) at 25°C and spark plasma sintering (SPS) at 300°C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicated grain refinement below 100 nm, and the scanning electron microscopy revealed homogeneous microstructures for all compositions. XRD analysis revealed that most of the alloys showed a change in the lattice parameter, which indicates the formation of a solid solution. A significant increase in the hardness compared to unmilled Mg was observed for all of the alloys. The corrosion behavior was improved in all of the binary alloys compared to milled Mg. A significant decrease in the cathodic kinetics was evident due to Ge and Zn additions. The influence of the alloying elements on corrosion behavior has been categorized and discussed based on the electrochemical response of their respective binary Mg alloys.
  2. In this study, a compact cold sprayed (CS) Ti coating was deposited on Mg alloy using a high pressure cold spray (HPCS) system. The wear and corrosion behavior of the CS Ti coating was compared with that of CS Al coating and bare Mg alloy. The Ti coating yielded lower wear rate compared to Al coating and Mg alloy. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic potentiodynamic polarization (CPP) tests revealed that CS Ti coating can substantially reduce corrosion rate of AZ31B in chloride containing solutions compared to CS Al coating. Interestingly, Ti-coated Mg alloy demonstrated negative hysteresis loop, depicting repassivation of pits, in contrast to AZ31B and Al-coated AZ31B with positive hysteresis loops where corrosion potential (Ecorr) > repassivation potential (Erp); indicating irreversible growth of pits. AZ31B and Al-coated AZ31B were most susceptible to pitting corrosion, while Ti-coated Mg alloy indicated noticeable resistance to pitting in 3.5 wt % NaCl solution. In comparison to Al coating, Ti coating considerably separated the AZ31BMg alloy surface from the corrosive electrolyte during long term immersion test for 11 days.