As you undoubtedly know, magnesium is a lightweight structural material that can be strengthened by alloying and, in some cases, by heat treatment or cold work (or both). The T5 temper – cooled from an elevated temperature shaping process and artificially aged – applies to products such as castings or extrusions that are artificially aged to improve mechanical properties or dimensional stability (or both).
ZK60A is a magnesium-base alloy containing zinc and zirconium. Zirconium is an alloying addition with the ability to refine grains. This alloy has been designed to achieve its strength by artificial aging (T5) from the as-fabricated (F) temper. ZK60A has the best combination of high room-temperature strength and ductility of the wrought magnesium-base alloys, which is another reason to optimize the microstructure. It is used primarily at temperatures below 300°F (150°C). If it is not properly aged, it will be in an unstable condition, and the microstructure will be constantly changing over time.
For most applications, closed-die forgings must conform to the mechanical and physical properties of AMS 4362.
Furthermore, paragraph 3.4 states: “The product shall conform to the requirements of 3.4.1, determined in accordance with ASTM B557 or ASTM B557M.” Paragraph 188.8.131.52 specifically deals with Die Forgings and states: “Shall be as shown in Table 2, determined on specimens machined from forgings 3 inches (76 mm) and under in nominal thickness at time of heat treatment with axis of specimen in area of gage length varying not more than 15 degrees from parallel to forging flow lines, on specimens machined from separately forged coupons or from forging stock representing the forgings and, in either case, heat treated with the forgings, or on specimens machined from prolongations on heat-treated forgings.”