Subject details

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

  1. explain the basic corrosion mechanisms (electrochemical and chemical reactions) occurring in reinforced concrete structures
  2. identify the severity of corrosion in concrete in different environments and the risks associated with it
  3. assess different corrosion inspection and monitoring methods available and select suitable approaches
  4. evaluate and compare available corrosion prevention techniques and develop viable solutions.
  • Topics

    • Steel reinforced concrete characteristics
    • Protection afforded to steel reinforcement by concrete
    • Corrosion of reinforcement in concrete (A)
    • Corrosion of reinforcement in concrete (B)
    • Concrete deterioration mechanism (A)
    • Concrete deterioration mechanism (B)
    • Survey & Diagnosis of Reinforced Concrete (A) - Onsite Measurements
    • Survey & Diagnosis of Reinforced Concrete (B) - Laboratory Measurements
    • Repair & Protection of Reinforced Concrete (A)- Mechanical Methods
    • Repair & Protection of Reinforced Concrete (B) - Cathodic Protection
    • Repair & Protection of Reinforced Concrete (C) - Electrochemical Methods
    • Preventative Measures for New Concrete
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

CUR-ENR500-Principles of Corrosion

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces students to corrosion occurring in reinforced concrete, which has a major impact in most built infrastructure. The students will adapt fundamental concepts of corrosion to analyse the electrochemical and chemical reactions that take place in reinforced concrete, and how they determine the overall corrosion risk. Concrete corrosion control strategies will be explored by understanding the fundamentals and the limitations of different inspection, monitoring, and prevention methods.

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  • Final Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Four Quizzes (20%)
  • Report 1 (15%)
  • Report 2 (15%)

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