Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Professor George Simon



  • First semester 2016 (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

  1. To be able to choose appropriate methods for detecting and mitigating corrosion

  1. To understand the nature of interaction of surfaces and the factors which cause adhesion

  1. 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

  1. To understand the tests required for adhesive testing and appropriately interpret them

  1. 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%

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ENG1050 or MSC2011 or MTE2541


MTE3510 or MSC3111