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MAR8087 : Materials for Pipeline and Offshore Structures and Degradation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adrian Oila
  • Lecturer: Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to provide an understanding of the relationship properties - microstructure - processing for offshore structures and pipeline materials, and to introduce the offshore joining techniques, the corrosion mechanisms and to discuss the working practices of corrosion control in offshore industry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Properties and microstructure of steels and corrosion resistant alloys (CRA) used in the offshore and subsea industry.
Properties and manufacture of composite and non-metallic pipes.
Welding procedures for ferrous alloys and joining technology for composite materials.
Corrosion fundamentals, corrosion mechanisms and cathodic protection systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessment prep and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00PIP - Practical session (metallography)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study158:0058:00Review course notes and lecture materials
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are designed to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding
of processes, concepts and analysis methods. The practical sessions are supervised activities in which the students apply the knowledge that they gain during formal lectures and private study to analyse the microstructure and behaviour of materials used in offshore applications.
Private study involves:
1. directed study following lectures;
2. directed study in preparation for the assessment, which provides an opportunity to bring together relevant
knowledge and understanding and cognitive, research-related, and assessed key skills.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Technical Report (approx 2500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MCanvas quizzes with feedback, throughout the module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The report provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and the possession of subject-specific, cognitive, and key skills. This medium also allows students to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a wide range of topics within the syllabus.

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