An online short course

Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods

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

October 17, 2022- November 18, 2022

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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 video lectures and lab demonstrations.

CLICK HERE to view the 2022 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. 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 and content for the course consists of pre-recorded lectures and laboratory exercises previously recorded from a five-day offering in May 2022. 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 2, 2022. This will allow for a relaxed pace providing students with plenty of time to work through the material. We recommend that you make time for this course beyond just watching all of the recorded content. You should plan to note your questions and either attend a discussion period (described below) to ask them or make use of the discussion board on the course website. You should also make time to analyze the lab data provided to you to complete the lab exercises. Doing this on your own will greatly enhance what you take away from this course.

On one day of each week during the five-week course from October 17, 2022, to November 18, 2022, 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. Students will also be able to ask questions at any other time using the discussion board on the course website, which will be monitored by the course instructors.

The times for the live sessions will be as follows, given in Eastern US time (to convert to your local time use

0700 - 0800

1100 - 1200

1500 - 1600

1900 - 2000

2300 - 2400


The dates for live sessions will be as follows:

Monday, October 17

Tuesday, October 25

Wednesday, November 2

Thursday, November 10

Friday, November 18


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