Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Materials Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Nick Birbilis


This unit covers the manifestations and types of corrosion usually found in the field in areas such as marine, chemical, manufacture, transport and offshore industries.

Emphasis will be placed on identification and recognition of the types of corrosion likely to occur and then develop strategies to mitigate corrosion. The mechanisms of corrosion in some environments will also be studies. This includes stress corrosion cracking, microbiologically induced corrosion and corrosion in reinforced concrete structures.

Corrosion mitigation mechanisms will be discussed. This includes materials selection, cathodic protection, coatings and inhibitors. The unit will also cover cement and concrete, including reinforced concrete and topics related to durability of non-metals.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • develop the knowledge of corrosion mechanisms in diverse environments to the advanced level required for an industrial impact.
  • devise various methods for corrosion protection and mitigation and assess their efficacy in real world applications.
  • contrast various approaches to corrosion mitigation in industrial applications via carefully coordinated guest lectures from key experts outside the University environment.


Continuous assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

4 hours lectures/tutorials and 8 hours of private study per week.

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