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CME8118 : Stability and Sustainability of Materials

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mark Geoghegan
  • Lecturer: Ms Adriana Sierra Romero
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To give student a good understanding on
•       Why materials degrade
•       Different mechanisms of materials failure
•       How it is dependent on the environment and ambient chemistry
•       How can we predict if it will degrade
•       Kinetics of degradation
•       How to measure the kinetics of degradation
•       Standard methods of protection against degradation
•       Biodegradation

Outline Of Syllabus

Materials compatibility, degradation and corrosion
Definitions of different kinds of corrosion and corrosion failure – Health and Safety Implications
Thermodynamics and electrochemical materials chemistry
The electrochemical series and stability diagrams
Pourbaix Diagrams for materials stability
Electrochemical kinetics and corrosion rates
Corrosion Protection
Theoretical analysis of corrosion
Biodegradability and mechanisms of biodegradation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Preparation for assessments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Office Hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00Review lecture material, prepare for tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00Revision Lectures
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Technical understanding of materials stability requires the ability to understand how theory and practice are related. Therefore, lectures covering the context, theory and applications will be delivered. In addition, practical demonstrations will show how measurements of these processes are performed. The computing assessment will show how they can use e-learning and data gathering to assess materials stability. This also shows the drive and independent learning abilities of the student.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMPass/Fail Canvas Quiz to test knowledge and understanding of material.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The quiz is used to test the development in understanding of the corrosion aspects of the course.

The coursework will test a deep understanding of biodegradation as well as wider skills such as an appreciation of the content of research articles and the ability to present a concise and well-structured argument.

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