An online short course

Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods

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

May 3-7, 2021

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The course will cover 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.

The training for this course would normally occur in person over a 5-day period. Due to COVID-19, in 2021 the course will be taught in online format.



Dr. Gerald Frankel, Fontana Corrosion Center, OSU

Dr. Jenifer Locke, Fontana Corrosion Center, OSU

Dr. Eric Schindelholz, 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 for the course will consist of class instruction in the mornings, laboratory exercises in the afternoon, and “office hours” in the evening.  The labs will be live-streamed showing the real time activities of a teaching assistant doing the experiment and the computer screen of the software controlling the instrumentation.


Contact Information

Bob Mick                                                                    
Professional & Distance Education Programs                                                                   

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

Dr. Jenifer Locke
Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Dr. Eric Schindelholz               
Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering