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MSC3111 - Materials durability

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: To be advised


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Corrosion of surfaces, chemical and electrochemical properties of interfaces, localized corrosion, protection of surfaces, techniques of protection, organic and inorganic surface treatments, bonding at surfaces, thermodynamics of surfaces and interfaces, adhesion and mechanical properties.


On completion of this unit students will 1) attain an understanding of the corrosion processes and the factors influencing them; 2) be able to choose appropriate methods for detecting and mitigating corrosion; 3) understand the nature of interaction of surfaces and the factors which cause adhesion; 4) be able to control features relating to adhesion such as surface pretreatments and adhesive choice and design, so as to lead to improved adhesion; 5) understand the tests required for adhesive testing and appropriately interpret them; 6) gain an understanding of the principles and practice of techniques for improving the properties of surfaces for engineering applications.


Examination (55%), practical work (15%), three assignments (30%)

Contact hours

48 lectures/tutorials, 3 x 3-hour laboratory experiments, 7 hours per week of private study