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Module Title
Materials and Corrosion Science
Reference ENM233 Version 4
Created April 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved April 2006 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To develop an understanding of the properties of materials used within the oil and gas industries, their uses, limitations and design constraints. To develop an understanding of corrosion science and mechanisms, with particular reference to the oil and gas industry.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Analyse and discuss the properties, design constraints and limitations of the principal materials used within the oil and gas industry.
2 Critically evaluate the properties and characteristics of steels, its phases and its principal alloys.
3 Appraise the principal corrosion mechanisms relevant to oil and gas industry equipments and processes.
4 Critically evaluate corrosion prevention and control strategies.

Indicative Module Content
Properties of materials. Metals and Alloys. Ceramics, polymers and composites. Structure of materials, characterisation and clasification of materials. Fundamentals of structures. Steel composition and properties. Phase diagrams. Treatment processes. Alloy compositions. Corrosion principles and mechanisms. Corrosion management. Prevention and mitigation. Cathodic protection. Environmental effects. SSC, SCC. Corrosion control – by design and management. Material selection, surfactants and inhibitors, coatings. Porbaix and Evans diagrams. Failure Analysis. Fatigue life prediction. Safe life and fail safe design.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture and tutorial based full time course, with case study work, plus private study and discussion. The course is available an online distance learning module with online tutor support. A blend of distance learning and direct attendance is also possible.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 50 60
Non-Contact Hours 100 90
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 4
Description: A piece of coursework.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: A closed book examination.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module, students should achieve a mark of at least 40% in each component (which has a weighting of 30% or more) and an overall grade of D or greater.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Greater than or equal to 70%
B In the range 60% to 69%
C In the range 55% to 59%
D In the range 50% to 54%
E In the range 40% to 49%
F Less than 40%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Normally a UK 2.2 honours degree or above, in Engineering or a related discipline. Proficiency in English language for academic purposes, or IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules This module is not suitable for students following an MSc in Professional Studies programme unless they meet the entry qualifications stipulated in the University Regulations on admission and the prerequisites above.

1 CALLISTER, W., 2006. Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction. 7th ed. Wiley, 2006. ISBN 0-47-173696-1.
2 FONTANA, M., 1986. Corrosion Engineering. 3rd ed. McGraw Hill.
3 GORDON, P., 1976. The New Science of Strong Materials. Pelican. ISBN 0-14-020920-4.
4 GORDON, P., 1991. Structures. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-013628-2.
5 JONES, D.A., 1995. Principles and Prevention of Corrosion. 2nd ed. Longman. ISBN 0-1335-999-30.
6 SHIGLEY, J.E., 2003. Mechanical Engineering Design. McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN 0-07-123270-2.
7 CHAMBERLAIN J. & TRETHEWEY, K.R., 1995. Corrosion for Science & Engineering. Longman. ISBN 0-582-238692.

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