MTE4595 - Corrosion mechanisms and protection methods - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Professor Nick Birbilis

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Describe corrosion mechanisms in diverse environments to the advanced level required for an industrial impact.
  2. Formulate various methods for corrosion protection and mitigation and assess their efficacy in real world applications.
  3. Discern various approaches to corrosion mitigation in industrial applications via carefully coordinated guest lectures from key experts outside the University environment.


Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 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

3 hours of lectures, 1 hour tutorial, and 8 hours of private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


MTE3541 or MSC3111 or by permission