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MTE3541 - Materials durability

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Engineering

Leader: G P Simon


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.


  1. To attain an understanding of the corrosion processes and the factors influencing them
  2. To be able to choose appropriate methods for detecting and mitigating corrosion
  3. To understand the nature of interaction of surfaces and the factors which cause adhesion
  4. To 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. To understand the tests required for adhesive testing and appropriately interpret them
  6. To gain an understanding of the principles and practice of techniques for improving the properties of surfaces for engineering applications.


Examination (3 hours): 55%
Practical classes: 15%
Assignments: 30%

Contact hours

48 lecture/tutorials and 3 x 3 hour laboratory experiments per semester and seven hours of private study per week


ENG1050 or MSC2011 or MTE2541


MTE3510 or MSC3111