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MECH4428 Degradation of Materials

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Content
This unit addresses the damage and failure of materials and structures due to corrosion and wear, and relevant methods used to prevent such damage and failures. The unit covers topics including electrochemical fundamentals of corrosion; forms of corrosion; corrosion testing methods; corrosion control and prevention; corrosion-resistant materials; types of wear; wear mechanisms; wear-resistant materials; and control of wear through materials selection and design. The main contents include uniform, pitting, galvanic and crevice corrosion; intergranular corrosion and selective leaching; stress corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue; high temperature oxidation and hydrogen embrittlement; corrosion testing methods and standards, corrosion control and prevention strategies and techniques; abrasive, adhesive, and erosion wear; and materials selection and design against corrosion and wear.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the fundamental mechanisms of corrosion and wear damage of engineering materials; (2) explain the common forms of corrosion and wear that occur in various industrial environments; (3) describe common laboratory and field testing techniques for corrosion and wear; (4) design and evaluate cathodic protection systems for simple engineering structures; (5) conduct materials selection and evaluate performance for corrosion and wear resistant applications; (6) work effectively in teams and as an individual to solve engineering problems; and (7) write technical reports to a professional standard and format.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group assignment and field; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Yinong Liu
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: MATE1412 Materials Engineering 1 or (ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges and ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Advisable prior study:
ENSC1002 Material Behaviour from Atoms to Bridges and ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing
Incompatibility:
MECH3405 Structural Integrity
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hour per week; labs: 3-hour session per semester
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