Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Corrosion (theory and engineering)

Overall Course Objectives

The aims of the course are to educate people with a theoretical and practical knowledge of corrosion and corrosion-related degradation of materials, mainly metals, and to relate how corrosion is an important aspect in relation to sustainable use of materials and products. The course is multidisciplinary, combining metallurgy, electrochemistry and general materials degradation (corrosion, wear, fatigue etc). The course will enable the student, on the basis of both a theoretical foundation and practical and analytical abilities, to choose materials solutions to corrosion related materials degradation problems, mostly in metals but also for polymers. Emphasis will be placed on the students’ ability to combine theory and practical knowledge and to be able to produce realistic materials selection solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • describe electrochemical theory of corrosion and types of corrosion and mechanisms
  • select optimal corrosion testing by electrochemical methods and estimate corrosion rates
  • evaluate the relationship between a metals microstructure and its ability to resist corrosion
  • identify and apply international standards in the area of corrosion
  • plan and carry out a corrosion case-study taken from industry and produce a damage analysis report
  • suggest solutions to corrosion problems including making changes in materials selection or the use of inhibitors
  • evaluate new materials and new material applications involving metals and polymers for which corrosion is major issue
  • describe the importance of corrosion for sustainable constructions and how to deal with it

Course Content

The course will start with a consideration of corrosion related degradation of metallic materials, but will also consider degradation of polymers.
The course is divided into theoretical and practical parts, in which the practicals demonstrate and allow application of the theory learned.
The course will start by considering the thermodynamics of corrosion and will consider polarization phenomena, including principles for the estimation of corrosion rates. The course will consider various forms of corrosion, including combined corrosion and mechanical factors (wear, fatigue, etc) that can cause accelerated degradation of materials.
During the course, emphasis will be placed on the choice of solutions that can eliminate or reduce corrosion and material degradation, and importance in relation to sustainability. In connection with the practical part of the course, training in the application of software to make thermodynamic calculations, as well as literature searches and identification of relevant standards, will be given. In connection with the practical part of the course it will be possible to used advanced equipment to characterize the corrosion of materials in selected environments.

Recommended prerequisites

41661/41680/41684, Materials science e.g. 41650/41659/41681/41683/41657/41686

Teaching Method

Lectures, tutorials and 5 reports.

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 32.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41653
Course type Candidate

15.000,00 DKK

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