MTE6883 - Environmental durability and protection of metals and engineering materials - 2017

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Professor Nick Birbilis

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is available only to Engineering PhD students.


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 (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.

Workload requirements

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

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