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Incorporating Sustainability Issues into an Undergraduate Corrosion Course

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovations in Materials Education

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25.763.1 - 25.763.10



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Harovel G. Wheat University of Texas, Austin

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Harovel G. Wheat has a B.A. in Chemistry from University of Colorado, a M.S. in metallurgy from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. Wheat is a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas, Austin, since 1986.

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Incorporating Sustainability Issues into an Undergraduate Corrosion CourseSustainability issues have been introduced into an undergraduate Corrosion course bymeans of a series of special assignments. In addition to the traditional types ofassignments that focus on forms of corrosion and methods of testing for and mitigatingcorrosion, the course has been redesigned to bring sustainability issues to the forefront.The course begins with an assignment on Materials Selection in which material(s)choices for well-known applications are requested. The assignment is to choosematerials that will offer excellent corrosion protection in specific aggressiveenvironments. Components include pipelines, containers, aircraft and automobile parts,etc. In addition, corrosion protection methods such as corrosion inhibitors, cathodicprotection and anodic protection may be required. Therefore, material choices are oftenstainless steels, aluminum alloys, carbon steel with inhibitors, carbon steel with cathodicprotection, etc.The course goes on to include typical topics such as forms of corrosion as well asthermodynamic and kinetic aspects of corrosion and even includes some information onmaterial degradation in general. Testing techniques are introduced about midway throughthe course followed by a special section on corrosion issues associated with clean energytechnologies. Much attention is paid to topics that are in the news and in recent journalarticles.The course concludes with a section in which we revisit the Materials Selection topic;this time taking into account sustainability issues. A major focus is whether the choicesshould be changed or modified in order to address sustainability. For example, someinhibitors are very effective, but they may also be hazardous. These types of topics willbe discussed in the paper, with emphasis being placed on creating awareness aboutsustainability issues in every aspect of corrosion protection

Wheat, H. G. (2012, June), Incorporating Sustainability Issues into an Undergraduate Corrosion Course Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21520

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