Assessment of Corrosion Education by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Materials Advisory Board, Committee on Assessing Corrosion Education

The possibility from the degradation of fabrics within the engineered items that force our financial system, retain our citizenry fit, and preserve us secure from terrorism and belligerent threats has been good documented through the years. And but little attempt seems to be to were made to use the nation's engineering group to constructing a greater figuring out of corrosion and the mitigation of its results. The engineering team should have an excellent knowing of the actual and chemical bases of corrosion, in addition to an figuring out of the engineering matters surrounding corrosion and corrosion abatement. still, corrosion engineering isn't really a required direction within the curriculum of such a lot bachelor measure courses in MSE and comparable engineering fields, and in lots of courses, the topic isn't really even to be had. for this reason, so much bachelor-level graduates of fabrics- and design-related courses have an insufficient heritage in corrosion engineering ideas and practices. To wrestle this challenge, the booklet makes a couple of brief- and long term concepts to and executive firms, academic associations, and groups to extend schooling and knowledge, and eventually supply the incoming group the information they wish.

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Both practicing and newly minted engineers, who do most of the design work, must possess some degree of corrosion awareness. Sometimes they also need to know enough about materials and corrosion to take corrosion into account in the design process. Corrosion specialists devoted to the selection and implementation of corrosion protection methods or to selecting materials that can withstand corrosive environments are also needed. Finally, there is also a need for a lesser number of experts specialized enough in corrosion fundamentals to investigate new and unexpected corrosion problems, make decisions about them, and act to mitigate the problems.

Property deterioration in organic materials, commonly referred to as degradation rather than corrosion, is, as with metals, a phenomenon that can be alleviated with currently available science and technology, provided that this knowledge is appropriately applied. The fact that cases of polymer and composite failure caused by some form of environmental interaction continue to occur in significant number suggests that education in this area is entirely inadequate. Many but not all engineering curricula pay relatively scant attention to the properties of organic materials, and the phenomena associated with their degradation are often taught only at a superficial level.

At some schools the content of corrosion courses had changed significantly in the last 10 years: Many reported broadening the range of materials covered, others had increased their emphasis on electrochemical mechanisms in metallic corrosion, and a few emphasized the role of corrosion in fracture mechanics. The questionnaire process identified only three laboratorybased corrosion courses and three corrosion courses offered as distance courses. It is likely that of the questionnaire).  However, it is essential  Survey recipients were asked about corrosion education at their institution, but the survey did not specify whether corrosion referred exclusively to metallic materials, to the low-temperature degradation of metallic materials, or to general materials degradation.

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