CHE 545 - Corrosion Science and Engineering (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.

                                    4. Any other literature (such as corrosion journals) available in the library or through the internet.


Objective:                  Electrochemical thermodynamics and kinetics pertinent to corrosion processes, testing, monitoring and inspection techniques and corrosion prevention are studied. Also covered are metallurgical, environmental and mechanical factors. 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.

2.      Identify and recognize the common forms of corrosion.

3.     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.

4.      Understand basic corrosion testing techniques.

5.      Be familiar with corrosion problems in chemical and petrochemical industries and recent developments to control corrosion in such environments.


Pre-requisite:             Graduate standing.



by Topics:                   1.  Electrochemistry

                                    2.  Thermodynamics (Gibbs Free Energy)

                                    3.  Principles of Materials Science



Methods:                    Homeworks


                                    Major Examination(s)

                                    Term Project

                                    Final Examination


Term Project:             Reporting a detailed case study of a corrosion problem in a chemical or petrochemical industry.


                                    The report should include problem identification, problem characterization (analysis of the factors causing the problem), recommendations, applied solution methods/techniques, and finally verification of the applied method in solving the problem. Oral and written reports are required two weeks before the end of the semester.


                                    The presentation material should be in power point format with white background, the material should be self explanatory and include good quality figures (photographs in color if possible). Students will present their material in class within the last two weeks of the semester and the presentations will be graded by the instructor and the students other than the presenter.


                                    Another Option for the term Project: If any student has another term project idea in mind, he is welcome to discuss it with the instructor.


Course 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)

                                    Case Studies in Chemical and Petrochemical Industries.


Notes:                     1. Course material will be presented in power point format with use of the blackboard as additional support for explanation of the material. The course material will be available in the WebCT platform for downloading by the registered students prior to or following the presentation of the material in class.

                                 2.  Students absent 4 times will receive a warning, 6 times a grade of DN.

                                 3.  Please attend classes on time.


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%