Corrosion and Protection

Key Facts

12 Academics
31 PDRAs
64 PhD Students

Funding

∼ £7M of research council and collaborative funding.

Work with

BP
AkzoNobel
Rolls-Royce
LATEST2


Corrosion is of primary concern in many industrial sectors, including oil, transportation, infrastructure, nuclear, and even bio-technology.
The Corrosion and Protection Centre is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and has one of the world’s largest academic base focused on corrosion and its control.  More >>

Research themes

  • Corrosion Inhibition
    Corrosion and Protection

    Corrosion inhibitors have long been employed to control corrosion. Inhibitor selection, however, remains a largely empirical process, severely restricting performance optimisation. More >>

    Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: George Thompson, Xiaorong Zhou, Dr Michele Curioni, Rob Lindsay.

  • Light Alloys
    Light Alloys

    Light Alloys are widely employed in the aerospace, architecture, automotive, biomedical, electronic, packaging, and lithographic sectors. More >>

    Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: George Thompson, Xiaorong Zhou, Michele CurioniPeter Skeldon, Zhu Liu.

  • Nuclear
    Nuclear

    A variety of steels (including low alloy, austenitic and duplex stainless steels), Ni-base alloys, Zr-base alloys, and uranium are among the materials used in nuclear power systems. More >>

    Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: Grace BurkeDirk EngelbergRob Lindsay, Stuart LyonFabio Scenini, Nick Stevens, Xiaorong Zhou.

  • Oilfield
    Oilfield

    Oilfield facilities are highly vulnerable to both internal and external corrosion. On this basis, successful corrosion control is essential to reliable production. More >>

    Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: Robert Akid, Stuart Lyon, Nick Stevens, Dirk Engelberg, Rob Lindsay.

  • Paints and Coatings
    Paints and Coatings

    Paints and coatings are widely employed for corrosion protection in marine, aerospace, architecture, automotive and packaging sectors. Understanding the protection and degradation mechanisms is essential for developing novel paints and coatings to meet the continuously raising demand for effective and durable corrosion protection in aggressive environments. More >>

    Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: Robert Akid, Zhu Liu, Stuart Lyon, George Thompson, Xiaorong Zhou.‌

  • Surface Engineering
    Surface Engineering

    The interaction between materials and environement, and thus their capability to withstand degradation, is controlled by their surface properties. More >>

    Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: George Thompson, Xiaorong Zhou , Dr Michele Curioni, Peter Skedlon, Zhu Liu.

  • Localised Corrosion and Cracking
    Localised Corrosion

    Localised corrosion and environment-assisted cracking are common challenges for passive metals and alloys exposed to aggressive environment. More >>

    Please contact one of the following academic staff for further details of current research activity: George Thompson, Robert AkidDirk Engelberg, Xiaorong Zhou ,Stuart Lyon, Nick StevensGrace Burke.

Major projects

LATEST2 - The investment in the LATEST2 Programme includes an initial investment of £5.7M from the EPSRC supplemented by a £1.0M investment from The University of Manchester and pledged leveraged funding from our industrial and academic partners.
See news item: Weighty transport problem gets £5.7m boost.

AkzoNobel will invest ∼1M Euro per year for 5 years to support an integrated strategic research programme in corrosion control technologies, focussing on protective coatings and advanced materials for corrosion inhibition. This investment will be augmented by additional support from EPSRC and industrial customers, including BP.
See news item: New world-leading Manchester lab to tackle global cost of corrosion.

BP-IRF - Investment in the BP-IRF (Inherently Reliable Facilities) programme includes an investment of $5M over a 5 year period from BP, supplemented by a £0.25M grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.  Additional partners in thei project include MIT (USA), NPL, and Intertek (USA).
See news item: BP and Manchester partner up.

Research degrees

We offer postgraduate research PhD, EntD, MPhil, MSc by Research, MEnt, and EngD programmes. Read More >>

View the current studentships and scholarships for PhD study within the School.

The School also has a number of funded scholarships linked to specific research projects.

Research facilities

Autoclaves

Microscopes

X-ray tomography

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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