Review # 1

January 24, 2007

Sub :  Review of the Book “Principles of Corrosion Engineering and Corrosion Control” by Dr. Zaki Ahmad

Publisher :  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