Corrosion - Short Course

An online short course

Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods

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

May 1-5, 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 live video lectures and lab demonstrations.

CLICK HERE to view the 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. 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:

Participants are expected to be present for the live, virtual lectures held May 1-5, 2023. Please reference the course schedule for specific times. 

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

Most of the lectures will be live over Zoom, allowing interactions and live questions. However, to make the online delivery of the Corrosion: Fundamentals and Experimental Methods course more enjoyable and effective, breaks have been inserted and lecture lengths have been reduced. 

Labs are an important part of this course. The intent is to provide participants with experience using electrochemical methods to address corrosion problems. To provide the best lab experience, the labs will also be in a live, synchronous fashion. Teaching assistants will be in the laboratory performing each experiment, and the instructors will be narrating the activities. Students will be able to ask questions as it happens. Data from the labs will provided through the course website. 

After each lab, one hour at the end of the day (4:00-5:00PM) is set aside in the schedule for students to spend some time analyzing the data from the lab of that day. Professors will be available in breakout rooms to help with the analysis, but attendance during this time is not required. Students might opt to do this analysis later in the evening.

The instructors will be available every evening from 7:00-8:00PM for discussions, questions, data analysis, etc. They are also willing to discuss data from students’ work in breakout rooms. This time is also optional. 


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