Corrosion - Short Course

An online short course

Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods

Fontana Corrosion Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

October 16, 2023- November 17, 2023

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The Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods course covers the fundamentals of corrosion and various electrochemical techniques. Lectures and laboratories are used to illustrate how electrochemical techniques are applied, when they should be used, and how the various techniques can be integrated to solve complex problems. The course will be useful for people entering the corrosion field and for professionals looking for a refresher course.

This course will be offered in an online format, with recorded live video lectures and lab demonstrations.

CLICK HERE to view the Autumun 2023 course schedule and covered topics.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the course's structure.



Dr. Gerald Frankel, Fontana Corrosion Center, OSU

Dr. Jenifer Locke, Fontana Corrosion Center, OSU

Dr. Xiaolei Guo, Fontana Corrosion Center, OSU

Dr. Rudy Buchheit, University of Kentucky


The course will include these topics:

  1. Thermodynamics of corrosion
  2. Kinetics of corrosion
  3. Polarization
  4. Corrosion rate measurement techniques
  5. Passivity/localized corrosion
  6. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  7. Environment Assisted Cracking
  8. Corrosion protection with Coatings
  9. Atmospheric Corrosion


Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic science underpinning the corrosion of metals.
  • Be able to recognize the various forms of corrosion and their underlying causes.
  • Be aware of various approaches for mitigating corrosion.
  • Know how to perform electrochemical measurements to assess corrosion rate and susceptibility.



Online Delivery:

The instructional material and content for this course consists of pre-recorded lectures and laboratory exercises previously recorded from a five-day offering in May 2023. The labs show the real time activities of a teaching assistant doing the experiment and the computer screen of the software controlling the instrumentation, along with the narration by an instructor.

There are roughly 30 hours of pre-recorded material students will be able to watch via streaming at their own pace once registered and until December 1, 2023. This will allow for a relaxed pace providing students with plenty of time to work through the material. It’s recommended that students make time for this course beyond just watching all of the recorded content. Students should plan to note their questions and either attend a discussion period or make use of the discussion board on the course website. Students should also make time to analyze the lab data provided to them to complete the lab exercises.

On one day of each week during the five-week course from October 16, 2023, to November 17, 2023, the instructors will be available for live questions and discussion sessions. On those days, the live question and discussion sessions will be held at five different hour-long periods spaced between 7:00am EST to midnight EST. This will allow students anywhere around the globe to find times convenient for joining a live discussion.


Contact Information

Bob Mick                                                                    
Director, Professional & Distance Education Programs          / 614-292-0393  

Dr. Gerald Frankel
Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Jenifer Locke
Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering