Module code: ENGM114

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

BAKER MA Dr (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 21

Tutorial Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is an elective module which will provide a comprehensive overview of the many corrosion processes occurring for different materials in various environments. The fundamental thermodynamic and electrochemical mechanisms driving corrosion and high temperature oxidation are initially presented. The three generic forms of corrosion: uniform, local and galvanic corrosion are described. This is followed by consideration of specific corrosion processes, appropriate material selection and corrosion control methods for environments of particular technologically interest (e.g. marine, oil and gas, high temperature industrial, aeronautical). The corrosion control methods include the use of coatings, paints, corrosion inhibitors and electrochemical techniques. Methods for studying corrosion mechanisms and processes both on a laboratory and industrial scale are also detailed.  

Module aims

Describe, using this foundation, modern methods which can be used to reduce, control or even prevent corrosion.

Discuss the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects together with metallurgical considerations

Cover basic and advanced theory of electrochemistry and oxidation as this is essential in the understanding of metallic corrosion

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 A comprehensive understanding of various forms of corrosion together with their causes K
002 An awareness of the most recent methods for corrosion prevention and be able to specify a suitable technique for a given application C
003 An ability to use the current literature to inform on identifying causes of corrosion for new cases found in the field K
004 A thorough understanding of electrochemical and analysis techniques which enable both the corrosion behaviour of new materials and characterisation of corrosion failures to be P
005 An ability to explain current issues in corrosion engineering which are complex, conceptually challenging, and are at, or informed by, the forefront of K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Fundamentals of Electrochemistry: Pourbaix and Polarisation Diagrams
Fundamentals of High Temperature Oxidation
Uniform and Galvanic Corrosion
Environmentally Assisted Corrosion
Pitting and Crevice Corrosion
Marine Corrosion
Biological Corrosion
High Temperature Corrosion in Industrial Environments
Coatings for Protection Against High Temperature Corrosion
Materials Selection in the Oil and Gas Industry
Cathodic and Anodic Protection
Corrosion Inhibitors
Formulation of Paints
Corrosion Protection of Paints
Test Methods in Corrosion
Polarisation and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
Scanning Probe Techniques
Surface Analysis and Microscopy
Corrosion in Light Metals in Aircraft
Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete
Electrochemistry demonstration
Visit to an industrial corrosion/electrochemical/failure analysis laboratory.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce corrosion fundamentals through theory and practical examples. This is achieved principally though lectures (academics and industrialists), laboratory demonstrations and visit to a working corrosion/electrochemistry/failure analysis laboratory in an industrial environment, including discussions with corrosion specialists.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures [21 hours]
Tutorials [2 hours]
Demonstrations [2 hours]
Industrial visit [3 hours]
Coursework [122 hours]

The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course.

Assessment Strategy

The short questions are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module. The 2 longer questions are aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level on the fundamentals of corrosion processes and application of corrosion control methods.

Summative assessment and formative feedback

Q1 (4 x short answer) + Q2 (long answer question)

[Learning outcomes 1-5]        (45 hours)        Mon/Tues 2 weeks after end of course {40%}

Q3 (6 x short answer) + Q4 (long answer question)

[Learning outcomes 1-5]        (75 hours)        Mon/Tues 6 weeks after end of course {60%}

Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.
Written feedback is given on the first assessment coursework (Q1 & Q2), which is submitted in advance of the final summative assessment.

Reading list


Other information

Please note this module runs biennially with modules ENGM106 - Materials Under Stress: An Intro to Fracture Mechanics and ENGM107 - The Science and Technology of Adhesive Bonding. Students who temporarily withdraw or who are granted extenuating circumstances after attending the intensive week will be issued with a new assessment/s as appropriate.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Advanced Materials MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.