National Research Council, Division on Engineering and's Assessment of Corrosion Education PDF

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Materials Advisory Board, Committee on Assessing Corrosion Education

The probability from the degradation of fabrics within the engineered items that force our economic climate, retain our citizenry fit, and preserve us secure from terrorism and belligerent threats has been good documented through the years. And but little attempt looks to were made to use the nation's engineering neighborhood to constructing a greater figuring out of corrosion and the mitigation of its results. The engineering team should have an outstanding figuring out of the actual and chemical bases of corrosion, in addition to an realizing of the engineering matters surrounding corrosion and corrosion abatement. still, corrosion engineering isn't really a required direction within the curriculum of so much bachelor measure courses in MSE and similar engineering fields, and in lots of courses, the topic isn't even to be had. for that reason, so much bachelor-level graduates of fabrics- and design-related courses have an insufficient historical past in corrosion engineering ideas and practices. To wrestle this challenge, the e-book makes a couple of brief- and long term techniques to and govt organizations, academic associations, and groups to extend schooling and expertise, and eventually provide the incoming staff the information they want.

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Historically, the most comprehensive education in polymers and composites is offered by a relatively small number of specialized departments, many outside of engineering colleges. Some of them offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, while others focus solely on graduate education. Even in such comprehensive programs, polymer degradation and failure are rarely primary academic topics nowadays. In the past, the mitigation of polymer degradation and failure by compounding resins with appro­ priate additives was of great interest in both teaching and research.

Improve education and training of staff in the recognition and control of corrosion. • Preventive strategies in technical areas: — Advance design practices for better corrosion management. — Advance life prediction and performance assessment methods. — Advance corrosion technology through research, development, and implementation. One key challenge is the decline in student interest in corrosion and in the production of engineers who possess a working knowledge of corrosion. Such a decline threatens to take the field below the “visibility horizon” of both engineering colleges and potential employers of engineering graduates.

As such, areas of science and engineering that are well supported in research attract the top faculty and tend to drive the educational curriculum on both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. Conversely, areas that are poor in research have fewer faculty, fewer courses, and fewer students. While the merit of a strong correlation between research and education is debatable, its existence is not. Unfortunately, and as discussed in the chapters that follow, corrosion as a discipline is suffering nationally from a ­paucity of research, of faculty, of courses that incorporate the subject matter, and of students interested in the field.

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