Corrosion and Corrosion protection
Corrosion is the environmental degradation of materials, and it is a major area of research in materials science and engineering. High temperature and corrosion resistant alloys are mixtures of various metals, including stainless, nickel, cobalt, iron, copper, chrome.
Structural metals (aluminum and steel) exist only due to a thin protective oxide on their surface. Powerful new tools, such as x-ray and neutron reflectivity are used to monitor the degradation and formation of protective films.
• Mechanisms of localized corrosion
• Fundamental studies of corrosion inhibition
• Development of environmentally-friendly protective coating systems
• Studies of coating adhesion and degradation
• Predictive modeling of corrosion damage accumulation
• Novel applications of scanning probe microscopy to corrosion
• Corrosion and cracking of steel and H2S-containing environments