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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Corrosion Science & Engineering
|Unit level||Level 6|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Materials|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit introduces the concept of corrosion measurement and monitoring methods, with a link to fundamental electrochemistry.
The unit aims to:
- Provide an overview of mechanisms of corrosion in aqueous environments and the common corrosion measurement techniques and methods, for quantifying and monitoring material degradation.
A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Intellectual skills
- Practical skills
- Transferable skills and personal qualities
Teaching and learning methods
- Blended learning, including online lectures, online activities, online tutorials and in-person activities for an approximately 30 hours
- Laboratory-based (either practical or virtual) learning, including demonstrations: approximately 12 hours
- Independent learning, including self-directed reading and assignments: approximately 60 hours
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand the principles by which corrosion happens via electrochemical reactions in aqueous or ionic media.
- Understand the thermodynamic relationships that govern phase stability for metals and their oxides in gaseous and aqueous environments, and the construction of Pourbaix diagrams.
- Comprehend the theory and applications of corrosion measurement and monitoring systems.
- Explain how corrosion behaviour of materials depends upon surface morphology and surface treatment/coating systems.
- Perform experiments (or simulations) to measure corrosion rates in aqueous environments.
- Understand how to use a potentiostat correctly utilising three electrode setups.
- Calculate corrosion rate from experimental measurements.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Gain experience in interactions with lecturers and piers via remote systems.
- Gain experience working with piers to understand remote laboratory demonstrations.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||30%|
Written and verbal
• “Surface Engineering for Corrosion and Wear Resistance”, J.R. Davis, ASM International, 2001.
• “Corrosion Failure Analysis with Case Histories “, Eiselstein, L. E. & Huet, R., in Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, 3rd Edition (ed R. W. Revie), John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
• “Corrosion mechanisms in theory and practice”; edited by P. Marcus and J. Oudar, M. Dekker, 1995.
• “Electrochemical Techniques in Corrosion Science and Engineering,” R. Kelly, J. Scully, D. Shoesmith, R. Buchheit, Marcel Dekker, 2003.
• “Analytical Methods in Corrosion Science and Engineering,” P. Marcus, F. Mansfield, CRC Taylor&Francis Group, 2006.
• Shreir’s Corrosion Handbook, 4th Edition, Vol. 1, Elsevier, 2010.
• “Introduction to the High Temperature Oxidation of Metals”, N.Birks, G.H.Meier, F.S.Pettit, Cambridge Academic Publisher, 2009.
• “High Temperature Oxidation and Corrosion of Metals,” D. Young, Elsevier, 2008.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||10|
|Independent study hours|
|Brian Connolly||Unit coordinator|