Magnesium is the lightweight among metal construction materials. It is significantly less dense than steel or even aluminium – weighing a third less than the latter. This makes the material particularly interesting for lightweight constructions. At the MagIC of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, scientists focus their research on magnesium materials for a wide range of applications. Special attention is paid to the development of alloys and to work on the optimisation of existing and new treatment processes. The aim is to find alloys which can easily be moulded into components, are corrosion-resistant, and are of suitable material strength. Moreover, processes are developed with which the sheets can be produced and processed in an efficient, and thus economical, manner.
Magnesium is a versatile material.
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