January 24, 2007
Sub : Review of the
Book “Principles of Corrosion Engineering and Corrosion Control” by
Dr. Zaki Ahmad
Butterworth - Heinmann
Principles of Corrosion Engineering and
Corrosion Control authored by
Prof. Dr. Zaki Ahmad is an
excellent contribution to the text books on the corrosion appeared
in recent years.
The book provides comprehensive information regarding the basic and
applied aspects of the phenomenon of corrosion. Naming a few, the
book deals in detail the fundamentals, types, impact on materials,
selection of materials in industry, role of design, corrosion
control and mechanism. Some chapters such as ‘materials’ for
corrosion environments, atmospheric corrosion, boiler corrosion and
corrosion prevention by design show new dimensions to the subject.
Every chapter of the book contains multiple questions, how and why
questions and review questions to each chapter and case histories
which are immensely beneficial for the students. Presentation is
simple and lucid. The efforts of the author are commendable.
The author did not include chapters on high temperature
oxidation/corrosion, hot corrosion which are important in view of
their applications in fossil fuel based power generation plants,
aerospace industry and high temperature process plants. Similarly,
a chapter on corrosion in water handling process plants particularly
desalination plants would have been useful for students and
professionals. I hope these chapter s shall find place in the next
edition of the book.
In my opinion, the book is an outstanding text on corrosion and
corrosion control and is immensely useful for undergraduate and
postgraduate students as well as professional engineers. I am
confident that readers would find it most fruitful in understanding
the basics of phenomenon of corrosion, its mechanism and prevention.
Prof. Dr. Anees U. Malik, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Head, Corrosion Dept.
Saline Water Desalination Research Institute
P.O.Box 8328, Al-Jubail 31951
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia