Given a new set of conditions, predict the corrosion reactions and the likely type(s) of corrosion.
Be able to apply, explain, and describe various protection schemes.
Design and materials selection
Cathodic and anodic protection
Be able to describe applications of appropriate instrumentation for measuring changes in materials.
A similar list of outcomes can be developed for nonmetallic and polymeric materials. Prerequisites should be chemistry, physics, mathematics, materials, mechanics, thermodynamics, and design.
Be able to predict or identify physical processes and chemical reactions that will cause environmental degradation of materials and the changes these will cause in the materials.
Be able to explain the chemical and physical effect on materials of
UV radiation, oxygen, temperature, humidity, and aqueous immersion
Flexing, stretching, and other physical stresses
Be able to use experimental methods for determining changes due to environmental exposure in material properties such as the following: Tg, MW, elastic modulus, gloss, color, spectral properties (IR, UV, etc.), conductivity, dielectric constant.
Predict the effect of changes in use environment on materials performance.
Be able to describe, explain, and apply to different situations the various forms of materials changes:
Propagation of degradation effects
For polymers and composites be able to describe, explain, and apply to different situations the various forms of degradation.
Given a new set of environmental conditions, predict the chemical reactions that could degrade the materials involved and the likely ways their performance could be degraded.