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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe practical corrosion issues in various atmospheric environments
  2. explain fundamental concepts, mechanisms and principles involved in atmospheric corrosion
  3. apply the fundamentals of corrosion theory to explain atmospheric corrosion failures and prevention strategies
  4. critically evaluate data to determine the cause of atmospheric corrosion and optimum solutions for corrosion control.
  • Topics

    • Atmospheric systems
    • Atmospheric corrosivity factors (1)
    • Atmospheric corrosivity factors (2)
    • Atmospheric corrosion of iron and low alloy steel
    • Atmospheric corrosion of non-ferrous metal
    • Corrosion under insulation/fireproofing
    • Atmospheric corrosion in industry (Applied corrosion 1)
    • Atmospheric corrosion in different applications (Applied corrosion 2)
    • Prediction modelling: empirical approach
    • Prediction modelling: mechanistic approach
    • Laboratory and monitoring
    • Prevention and control: Coating, changing environment (e.g. VCI, dehumidification), materials selection
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

Core
  • CUR-COE-MAS-2018
  • CUR-COE-GDI-2018
  • CUR-COE-GCE-2018
Elective
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2018
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2018

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject focuses on principles of atmospheric corrosion chemistry, degradation of materials in architectural and structural applications. Atmospheric corrosion mechanisms in controlled and uncontrolled atmospheric environments. Various corrosion types under different atmospheric conditions. Monitoring and mitigation strategies required to assess atmospheric corrosion and develop and manage atmospheric corrosion control programs. Predictive modelling for predicting how and where atmospheric corrosion may evolve in the future. Corrosion resistant alloys, protective coatings, inhibitors for atmospheric corrosion prevention. Examine the latest scientific tools available for preventing or minimising corrosion damage. New insights obtained over the last decade through controlled studies as well as computer modelling investigations.

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  • Final Invigilated Examination (50%)
  • Two Written Report Assignments (30%)
  • Four Online Quizzes (20%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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