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Nomenclature

Magnesium alloys are designated according to the ASTM Alloy Designation B275 – Codification of Certain Nonferrous Metals & Alloys.

This naming system is unique compared to many other metals in that the designation actually describes the major alloying elements and their nominal percentage content.

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Alloy Element Codes:

A – Aluminum
E – Rare Earths
H – Thorium
J – Strontium
K – Zirconium
M – Manganese
Q – Silver
V – Gadolinium
W – Yttrium
Z – Zinc