Materials Engineering M4 ENG4091

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course consists of two parts, one concentrates on the corrosion of metals and the other on failure mechanisms in materials. The corrosion part comprises three sections: (1), Corrosion Science, (2), Corrosion Engineering (description of the different types of corrosion encountered in industry, (3) Corrosion Control. The failure part of the course considers the initiation and propagation of cracks in metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.


4 lectures per week

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements


Recommended Entry Requirements


Excluded Courses





70% Examination

30% for two pieces of coursework, one for each section of the course.  

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

Corrosion Technology

■ provide an understanding of the fundamental principles governing corrosion processes

■ use this fundamental knowledge to gain an appreciation of the roles of external environment and materials properties in influencing corrosion engineering problems

■ review the various types of corrosion control in a range of engineering industries.

Material Failure

■ increase student's knowledge of the processes involved in the initiation and propagation of cracks in brittle and ductile materials;

■ apply this knowledge to specific types of materials, namely, metals, ceramics, polymers and composites;

■ use standard methods of assessing whether structures containing cracks of known dimensions are safe to continue to use or not.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this section of the course the students should be able to:


Corrosion Technology:

■ recognise and identify specific types of corrosion problems;

■ anticipate the general kinds of conditions in which corrosion is likely to occur;

■ assess the value of the various methods of corrosion control in relation to any particular corrosion problem;

Material Failure

■ describe different failure processes in a range of different engineering materials;

■ appreciate the degree of uncertainty in material behaviour and service loading;

■ apply concepts of defect assessment to realistic problems of life assessment and repair/no repair decisions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.


Students should attend at least 75% of the timetabled classes of the course.


Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates.  Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.