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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Yinong Liu
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Mechanical Engineering specialisation
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
96 points
and MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2
Advisable prior study
MECH3002 Manufacturing (ID 8070)
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical classes: 1 hour per week
labs: 3-hour session per semester
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