Module Catalogue 2018/19

MAR8046 : Material, Corrosion & Flow Assurance Aspects

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Narakorn Srinil
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Oila, Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



A1: To provide an understanding of issues relating to material selection and corrosion in subsea systems.
A2: To explain fundamental characteristics of internal flows and their effects.
A3: To introduce different materials and their use in subsea engineering.
A4: To discuss the main manufacturing process and effect of welding on material properties.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. General principles of material selection (3 hours): Overview of the principles relating to the selection of materials. Identification of the main materials and material classes used in the offshore and subsea industry.
2. Metallic/non-metallic materials (5 hours): Properties of mild and stainless steel, and corrosion resistant alloys, the use of non-metallic materials and composite materials in the subsea industry.
3. Internal flows (8 hours): An overview of internal flow characteristics, their role and effects in subsea applications and the fluid-structure interaction effects in pipe vibration analysis and design. 4. Principles of corrosion (4 hours): An introduction to corrosion fundamentals.
5. Welding technology in subsea systems (4 hours).

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

IKO1: Material selection process and the principle materials used offshore.
IKO2: Industry guidance and codes governing materials and flow assurance.
IKO3: Properties and applications of metallic and non-metallic materials.
IKO4: Corrosion principles and corrosion control measures used offshore.
IKO5: Effects of welding and fluid parameters on materials and corrosions.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will develop the following subject specific and intellectual skills:

ISO1: Awareness of appropriate materials used in a wide range of subsea engineering.
ISO2: Assessment of mechanical properties influenced by internal flows and corrosions.
ISO3: Identification of industry guidance with respect to materials selection.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed
  • Application
    • Occupational Awareness : Present
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Examination Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Including tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading142:0042:00Includes background reading and review of lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed study and the formal lectures will provide an effective method for students to assimilate the knowledge content, define the scope of the syllabus topics and attain the required knowledge and skill (ISO1-3) outcomes. The directed study allows students to work through material at their own pace allowing them to develop an in-depth understanding of the material (IKO1-5).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Group presentation assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject. The exam also assesses problem solving skills, the ability to work unaided and to communicate clearly and concisely in writing. The group presentation assignment provides students with the opportunity to develop research, teamwork and communication skills as well as to realize the state-of-the-art technology related to materials, corrosions, multiphase flows and flow-structure interactions.
The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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