CHE 472 - Corrosion  (3-0-3)


Course Instructor: Dr. Ramazan Kahraman, Office: 16-220, Tel.: 4987

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Description:       Study of corrosion mechanisms and techniques used in prevention and control.  Electrochemistry and its application to corrosion.  Materials selection for different environments.


Textbook:          Principles and Prevention of Corrosion, D. A. Jones, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, London, 1996.


Ref. Books:       1.   Corrosion and Corrosion Control, H. H. Uhlig and R. W. Revie, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1985.

                           2.   Corrosion Engineering, M. G. Fontana, 3rd Ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 1986.

                           3.   Corrosion Control, S. A. Bradford, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1993.


Objective:          To familiarize the students with various aspects of corrosion and oxidation of metals and metal alloys. Identification of a potential corrosion situation and the techniques to prevent corrosion are studied in addition to correct materials choice as dictated by specific environment. Discussion includes chemical industry related case studies.


Outcomes:         Upon successful completion of this course, the students will be able to:

1.      Understand the fundamental concepts of corrosion: electrochemical kinetics and thermodynamics [1]*.

2.      Identify the anodic and cathodic reactions during corrosion in common aqueous environments [1].

3.      Identify and recognize the common forms of corrosion [4].

4.      Understand how common corrosion protection methods such as coating, cathodic protection, anodic protection, passivation, inhibition, alloying and selecting the right material work in controlling corrosion [1,2,3].

5.      Understand basic corrosion testing techniques [4].

6.      Know the important variables affecting high temperature oxidation of metals [1].


                           *    The number in [ ] reference the corresponding chemical engineering undergraduate program outcomes.


Pre-requisite:    CHEM 311 Physical Chemistry II



by Topics:          1.  Electrochemistry

                           2.  Thermodynamics (Gibbs Free Energy)

                           3.  Principles of Materials Science



Methods:           Homeworks


                           Major Examination(s)

                           Term Project

                           Final Examination


Topics:               Introduction and Definitions (Ch. 1)

                           Electrochemical Thermodynamics and Electrode Potential (Ch. 2)

                           Electrochemical Kinetics of Corrosion (Ch. 3)

                           Measuring Corrosion Rate (Ch. 5)

                           Galvanic and Concentration Cell Corrosion (Ch. 6)

                           Pitting and Crevice Corrosion (Ch. 7)

                           Mechanical Factors (Ch. 8)

                           Metallurgical Factors (Ch. 9)

                           Corrosion in Selected Corrosive Environments (Ch. 10&11)

                           Atmospheric Corrosion and Elevated Temperature Oxidation (Ch. 12)

                           Passivity and Anodic Protection (Ch. 4)

                           Cathodic Protection (Ch. 13)

                           Coatings and Inhibitors (Ch. 14)

                           Materials Selection and Design (Ch. 15)


Computer Usage:    Computer aided report writing and presentation.


Laboratory Projects:     Laboratory demonstration of corrosion rate measurement techniques.


Estimated ABET

Category Content:        Engineering science:   2 credits or 66.6%

                                       Engineering design:     1 credit or 33.3%