MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Textiles Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Corrosion Control for Industrial Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS43502
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 7
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit provides students with an understanding of the key corrosion processes and mechanisms of preventing these for the Process and Power industries, covering topics such as high temperature corrosion and moving on to environmentally induced cracking and localised corrosion. 


To enable to students to understand the corrosion challenges faced by the Process and Power Industries.

  • To enable students to understand how materials selection and the design and use of countermeasures to combat corrosion are commonly used in industry.
  • To ensure students understand the specific corrosion challenges in cooling and steam raising equipment
  • To enable students to use the R6 Failure Assessment Diagram framework to integrate data on corrosion risks with mechanical and structural design and assessment methods.


Learning outcomes

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

The course is delivered either via face to face lectures or by online modules. This material was originally developed as an online version of the course, but now serves as a parallel resource for revision, with tests and other activities students may use.

There will be a formative online quiz for practise in the third week of teaching, followed by an assessed quiz activity after the fourth week of teaching (week 22). The final assessed coursework is a lab exercise, to examine Pitting Corrosion. This will be a group report.


Knowledge and understanding

High Temperature

  • Describe corrosion processes in high temperature industrial environments such as fossil fuel power plant.


  • Understand the most common types of stress corrosion cracking, the effects of stress, metallurgy and environment on SCC rates and occurrence.

Localised Corrosion

  • Quantify the relationship between pitting and crevice corrosion, and relate this to the effects of deposits

Intellectual skills

  • Understand both general and localised corrosion/damage processes and the reasons for these occurring.

Practical skills

  • Understand the method to set up and monitor a localised corrosion experiment.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

The summative exercises include teamwork exercises to develop students experience of collaborative working in a virtual leaning environment as well as digital platforms.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Feedback methods

Written and verbal

Recommended reading

General texts are listed in the reading list for unit MATS63351. More specialist topics are covered in this unit, but many of these works are also useful for this unit.

Electrocorrosion and Protection of Metals General approach with particular consideration to electrochemical plants

Joseph Riskin

Burlington : Elsevier Science 2008

Online access available

Corrosion and Chemical Resistant Masonry Materials Handbook

William Andrew Publishing/Noyes 1986

Online access available

Understanding how components fail / Donald J. Wulpi.

Donald J. Wulpi author. Brett Miller Metallurgical engineer, editor.

Materials Park, Ohio : ASM International, Third edition / edited by Brett Miller. 2013]

Online access available

Materials selection deskbook / by Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff.

Nicholas P. Cheremisinoff

Westwood, N.J. : Noyes Publications ©1996

Online access available

Handbook of environmental degradation of materials / edited by Myer Kutz.

Myer Kutz

Waltham, MA : William Andrew 2nd ed. 2013

Online access available

Environmentally assisted cracking : predictive methods for risk assessment and evaluation of materials, equipment, and structures / Russell D. Kane, editor.

R. D Kane

W. Conshohocken, PA : ASTM 2000

Available at Joule Library Main Level (620.182 KAN )

Treatment of Cooling Water / by Aquaprox.

Aquaprox. author. SpringerLink (Online service)

Springer eBooks

Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2009

Online access available

Selection and use of engineering materials.

J. Charles F. A. A Crane (Frederick Albert Andrew), 1927-1984.; J. A. G Furness

Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann 3rd ed. / J.A. Charles, F.A.A. Crane, J.A.G. Furness. 1997

Online access available. The library also has physical copies.

Materials for Nuclear Plants From Safe Design to Residual Life Assessments / by Wolfgang Hoffelner.

Wolfgang Hoffelner author. SpringerLink (Online service)

Springer eBooks

London : Springer London : Imprint: Springer, 2013

Online access available

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Tutorials 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 117

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Fabio Scenini Unit coordinator

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