Material Science and Corrosion





Offered by

Supply Engineering




Main purpose

​To provide the student with a basic knowledge of materials and products used in the supply industry and their degradation mechanisms.


After completion of the course the student must be able to:
- Demonstrate basic knowledge about metals and polymers
- ​​Apply standard test methods
- Explain deformation, stresses and fracture in tension-loaded materials
- Be familiar with the topics Corrosion Management and Failure Analysis


After completion of the course the student must be able to:
- Select a suitable material for the manufacture of components in the supply industry
- Carry out common test methods for materials
- Explain the relation between deformation, stresses and fracture in tension-loaded materials
- Explain relevant degradation mechanisms of materials specific to the supply industry
- Carry out corrosion investigation of selected materials/components from the supply industry​


After completion of the course the student must be able to:
- Participate in development tasks covering the design and/or evaluation and improvement of components for the supply industry
- Combine data from various sources for developing an improved corrosion management strategy
- Analyzed corrosion failures and link to corrosion industry standards​


Teaching methods and study activities

​137.50 hours of work for the student, 4 lessons per week for 12 weeks with two external company visits.
Lectures are supplemented with individual exercises/presentations/ group exercises/demonstrations/homework/etc. 


​Material Science:
Callister, William D. and Rethwisch, David G., Material Science and Engineering, any edition. Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Corrosion and Degradation:
​Claus Qvist Jessen, Stainless Steel and Corrosion. 2011. ISBN 978-87-92765-00-0​

Printed/uploaded material from the instructors.



Exam prerequisites:
Course attendance min 75% 

If the exam prerequisites are not met, the student must hand in a written assignment on the subject from each of the missing lessons, to qualify for the re-exam. 
This assignment will be scheduled after the ordinary exam.  

Type of exam:
Assessed on the basis of two oral assignments and one written assignment during the course and one final test in the form of a written course assignment. 
All four weighing equally.
Internal assessment

Tools allowed:

Oral re-exam based upon a subject found by draw, 20 min. with no preparation.​

Grading criteria

​Grading based on the Danish 7-point scale

Additional information


Torben Lund Skovhus

Valid from

2/1/2024 12:00:00 AM

Course type


​Steel, Polymers, Corrosion, Degradation, Field Cases, Laboratory Work, Failure Analysis, Corrosion Management, Supply Industry, abiotic and biotic degradation mechanisms, products in supply industries