Corrosion and materials technology (MSK525)

The impact of material technology on our society is enormous. Basic knowledge of material structures, properties and behaviour is a prerequisite for engineers working with construction and maintenance of offshore oil and gas facilities, renewable energy, ocean farms, all kind of transportation systems, chemical industries, ships, bridges and so on.

We will investigate some of these materials' properties and the effect of production and fabrication, and the metallurgical features associated. In addition, basic theory and how to defeat corrosion attacks by means of theory, cathodic protection and proper material selection are included topics. Also environmental - sensitive fractures in metals are dealt with, including various methods of corrosion resistance testing.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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Different materials for offshore applications will be treated. The relations between application and properties will be discussed in relation to microstructures. Basic theory and how to defeat corrosion attacks by means of theory, cathodic protection and proper material selection are main topics. Also environmental - sensitive fractures in metals are dealt with.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The candidate.

  • has advanced knowledge within the selection of offshore materials and specialized insight in steels
  • has thorough knowledge of the hardening mechanisms of metallic materials

The candidate.

  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to select materials for critical components and structures
  • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems

The candidate.

  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new projects in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field

The candidate.

shall obtain knowledge within:

  • Various forms of corrosion.
  • How the various forms of corrosion can be retarded or terminated.
  • How material selection can reduce the problem of corrosion.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended prerequisites

MSK200 Materials Technology


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 3 Hours Letter grades Basic calculator

Written exam with pen and paper.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Torfinn Havn

Course coordinator:

Morten Andre Langøy

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

In average 6 hours lectures and exercises per week. Lectures wil be given in English.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Offshore Materials Technology, Corrosion ( MSK500_1 MSK520_1 ) 5

Open for

Industrial Economics - Master of Science Degree Programme Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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