Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Corrosion Engineering

30 April - 4 May 2018

Course overview

This is a 5 day postgraduate course on the causes of corrosion and the practice of corrosion control.  The emphasis will be to cover the basic theory of electrochemistry and oxidation as this is essential in the understanding of metallic corrosion.  The thermodynamic and kinetic aspects will be discussed together with metallurgical considerations.  Using this foundation the methods which can be used to reduce, control or even prevent corrosion will be described by internal and external lecturers.

The course is intensive with 20 lectures as well as tutorials and a laboratory visit.  The knowledge gained during the course will be applied to components which have failed due to corrosion, and internationally known consultants will describe, from their own experience, real and important examples.

Hence the course combines academic knowledge with practical field experience.

Provisional syllabus

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

Who should attend

The course is directed at engineers and scientists who are, or expect to be, involved in any form of corrosion and corrosion control in research, design and failure analysis as well as the selection of metals and alloys.  It would also be useful for those in technical management or teaching who wish to update their appreciation of the subject.  

While open to all, the course is designed to be fully appreciated by registrants with a first degree in engineering or science, or who have equivalent experience.  It will be assumed that all delegates are familiar with the basic principles of chemistry.

Provisional lecture topics

  • Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
  • Uniform and Galvanic Corrosion
  • Pitting and Crevice Corrosion
  • Passivation
  • Fundamentals of high temperature oxidation
  • Cathodic Protection
  • Materials selection in the oil and gas industry
  • Biological corrosion
  • Corrosion in reinforced concrete
  • Scanning probe techniques
  • Environmental cracking and corrosion control in the oil and gas industry
  • Marine corrosion
  • Corrosion of light metals in aircraft
  • Visit to QinetiQ
  • Formulation of paints
  • Corrosion protection of paints
  • Polarisation and electrical impedance spec
  • Test methods in corrosion
  • Surface analysis and microscopy
  • High temperature corrosion
  • Coatings for high temperature protection

Course Director

The Course Director is Dr Mark Baker, who is a Chartered Scientist.