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Information prepared by the EFC Working Party on Corrosion Education for the benefit of those concerned with this subject at different levels.

The website is primarily designed to provide sources of information for all those concerned with the science and technology of the protection of metals against corrosion.

For teachers it provides examples of courses and information on textbooks, and other teaching aids. For students it provides information on textbooks, handbooks, journals and advisory services that should prove to be of value to their studies and subsequent careers. For designers, chemists, engineers and other professionals it indicates sources of advice for the a voidance and solving of corrosion problems within their industrial activities.

Definition of Corrosion

In simple terms, corrosion processes may be considered as reactions of metals with species in the environment to form chemical compounds.

The international standard definition of corrosion is as follows:
"Physicochemical interaction between a metal and its environment which results in changes in the properties of the metal and which may often lead to impairment of the function of the metal, the environment, or the technical system of which these form a part". (ISO 8044-1986)

Note that the term "corrosion" applies to the process, not to the result, which is "corrosion damage", deterioration or effect. Implicit in the concept of corrosion as a process is the rate of corrosion reaction; implicit in the damage caused is the extent and nature of the damage in relation to the function of the systems concerned.

A broader, but widely accepted alternative definition, from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) encompasses the degradation of non-metals as well as metallic materials, as follows:
"Corrosion is an irreversible interfacial reaction of a material (metal, ceramic, polymer) with its environment which results in consumption of the material or in dissolution into the material of a component of the environment. Often, but not necessarily, corrosion results in effects detrimental to the usage of the material considered. Exclusively physical or mechanical processes such as melting or evaporation, abrasion or mechanical fracture are not included in the term corrosion."

Previous Activities


Corrosion Courses

  • Report Teaching in Corrosion Education - Learning from professionals in the field
    online, 21 May 2021
  • Introduction to Tribology - the Science of friction, wear & lubrication
    Aarhus, Denmark, Nov 28, 2019 - Nov 29, 2019


European Training Centers

The listed institutions organised in the past courses on corrosion in Europe.

General advice
Training at advanced levels can be obtained by working with a corrosion research group in one of several universities or in a specialized corrosion research centre.


Centre Belge d'Etude de la Corrosion, CEBELCOR, Avenue Paul Heger, Grille 2, B-1050 Brussels
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, de Croylaan 2, B-3030 Heverlee.

Czech Republic

Prague Institute of Chemistry and Technology, Department of Chemical Metallurgy and Corrosion Engineering, CZ-16628, Prague 6
Technical University of Mining, Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, CZ-70833 Ostrava
Technical University Kosice, Department of Metals Science and Metalworking, CZ-04385 Kosice.


Force Institutes, The Danish Corrosion Centre, Park Alle 345, DK-2605 Broendby
The Technical University of Denmark, Department of Metallurgy, Building 204, DK-2800 Lyngby
The Engineering Academy of Denmark, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Building 375, DK-2800 Lyngby.


Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Corrosion and Materials Chemistry, SF-02150 Espoo
Tampere University of Technology, Department of Materials Science, P. 0. Box 527, SF-331 01 Tampere
Abo Akademi, Inorganic Chemistry, Piispankatu 8, SF-20500 Turku.


Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Laboratoire "Corrosion - Fragilisation - Hydrogene", F-92295 Chatenay-Malabry Cedex
Université de Technologie de Compiegne, Département Génie Mecanique, BP 233, F-60206 Compiegne Cedex
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris - Université Paris VI, Laboratoire de Corrosion, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, F-75005 Paris
Université Paris XI, Laboratoire de Métallurgie, Bat 413, F-91405 Orsay Cedex
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers: Département Matériaux, 151 boulevard de I'Hôpital, F-75640 Paris Cedex 13
Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers Laboratoire d'Electrochimie, 2 rue Conte, F-75003 Paris
Ecole Nationale de Chimie de Toulouse, 118 route de Narbonne , F-1077 Toulouse
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Laboratoire de Physicochimie Industrielle, 20 avenue A. Einstein, F-69621 Villeurbanne Cedex
Ecole Centrale de Lyon Département Mdtallurgie Physique, 26 avenue Guy de Colongue F-69130 Ecully
Université de Bordeaux 1 Laboratoire de Mécanique Physique, 351 cours de la Liberation, F-33405 Talence Cedex
Université de Franche Comte Lab de Corrosion et Traitements de Surface, 32 rue Megevand, F-25030 Besancon Cedex
Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs Département Génie des matériaux Chemin d'Azereix, F-65013 Tarbes Cedex
Université de Provence Laboratoire Chimie des Matériaux, 3 place Victor Hugo, F-13331 Marseille Cedex
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées Département Métallurgie, 20 avenue des Buttes de Coesmes, F-35043 Rennes Cedex
Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electrochimie et d'Electrometallurgie de Grenoble, BP 75, F-38402 St Martin d'Heres.


DECHEMA Forschingsinstitut, Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, D-60486 Frankfurt
Fachhochschule Aalen, Oberflächentechnisch und Werkstoffkunde, Beethovenstr. 1, D-73428 Aalen
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaften, Martensstr. 7, D-91058 Erlangen
Fachhochschule Südwestfalen, Labor für Korrosionsschutztechnik, Frauenstuhlweg 31, D-58644 Iserlohn .


Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Central Research Centre, Pusztaszeri út 59-67, H-1025 Budapest
Technical University Budapest, Chemical Faculty, Muegyetem rkp. 3, H-1111 Budapest
Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 2, H-1117 Budapest,
Veszprém University, Egyetem u. 10, H-8201 Veszprém
Debrecen University, KLTE, Egyetem tér., H-4010 Debrecen,
Szeged University, JATE, Rerrich tér 1, H-6720 Szeged


Centro Corrosione AIM (Assoc Ital Metallurgia), Piazzale Morandi 2, I-20121, Milano
Centro Studi Corrosione Aldo Dacco', UniversitA di Ferrara - Via Borsari 46, I-44100 Ferrara
Politecnico di Milano - Istruzione Permanente - Piazza L da Vinci 32, I-20133 Milano.


Orgaan voor Postacademisch Onderwijs in de Technische Wetenschappen (PATO) P. O. Box 30424, NL-2500 GK, 's-Gravenhage
PBNA, P. O. Box 9053, NL-6800 GS Arnhem
Stichting Bijzondere Cursussen (SBC), P. O. Box 415, NL-3330 AK Zwijndrecht
Stichting Post Tertiair Onderwijs Utrecht, Oudenoord 700, NL-3513 EV Utrecht
Technische Universiteit Delft, Laboratorium voor Materiaalkunde, P. O. Box 5025, NL-2600 GA Delft.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dept of Industrial Electrochemistry and Dept of Machine Design and Materials Technology, N-7034 Trondheim
University of Oslo, POB 1033, Blinderen, N-0315 Oslo 3
Rogalandsforskning, POB 2503, Ullandhaug, N-4009 Stavanger
FROSIO/TI, POB 2608, St Hanshaugen, N-0131 Oslo 1.


Politechnika Gdanka, Instytut Chemii, Technologi i Korozji 80 952 Gdansk, ul. Majakowskiego 11/12
Politechnika Wroclawska, Instytut Technologii Nierorganicznej, Zaklad Elektrochemii
Technicznej i korozji - 50 370 Wroclaw űl, Wybrzeze, Wyspianskiego 27
Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza, Instytut Inzynierii Materialowej, 30-059 Kraków, Mickiewicza 30.


Instituto Nacional de Engenharia e Tecnologia Industrial, Estrada do Paço do Lumiar, P-1699 Lisboa Codex
Faculdade de Engenharia do Porto, Rua dos Bragas, P-4099 Porto Codex
Laboratőrio Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Av. do Brasil, 101, P-1799 Lisboa Codex
Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, P-1086 Lisboa Codex.


ANQUE (Asociación Nacional de Quimicos de Espańa), Lagasca, 87, E-28006 Madrid
CENIM (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas) Av Gregorio del Amo, 88, E-28040 Madrid
ETS Arquitectura, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera, E-46023 Valencia
ETS Ingenieros Industriales, Universidad Politécnica Catalunya, Av Diagonal, 649, E-08028 Barcelona
Facultad de Quimica, Universidad de Barcelona, Av Diagonal, 647, E-08028 Barcelona.


Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Engineering Metals, S-41296 Göteborg
Chalmers University of Technology. Department of Inorganic Chemistry, S-41296 Göteborg
Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry, S-100 44 Stockholm
Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Division of Corrosion Science, S-100 44 Stockholm
Swedish Corrosion Institute, Roslagsvägen 101, hus 25, S-104 05 Stockholm
Uppsala University, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Box 256, S-751 05 Uppsala.


Institute of Materials Chemistry and Corrosion, ETH-Hönggerberg, CH-8093 Zrich
Laboratoire de métallurgie chimique, Département des matériaux EPFL, MX-C Ecublens, CH-1015 Lausanne.

United Kingdom

Corrosion and Protection Centre, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 I QD; offers taught MSc courses in Corrosion Science and Engineering PhD degrees and specialist short courses.
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Department of Materials, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BP, offers a taught MSc course on Corrosion of Engineering Materials. This course was selected by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for its Integrated Graduate Development Scheme and is available either as a full-time course or as a part-time modular course in only 3 isolated weeks per year (also suitable for overseas part-time participants). Short courses are also available for anyone to attend.
University of Surrey, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH, offers a short course on Corrosion and Corrosion Control which is a module in an MSc programme. This involves 24 lectures, one tutorial and 5 practicals delivered during 5 days at university. It is held approximately bienially.
Information on other training courses below degree level in the UK is available from the Institute of Corrosion P.O. Box 253, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 7WB. Courses approved by the Institute of Corrosion are provided by Ruane and T P O'Neill, Psalters Lane, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S61 1DL, UK. These include: Painting Inspector Levels 1, 2 and 3; Pipeline Coatings Inspector Level 2; CP Technician Levels 1 and 2; Insulation Inspector Level 2; and Fire Proofing Inspector Level 2. In addition, Review and Update Courses are available and a special series of 1-day Transition Courses designed to facilitate certificated members of other schemes gaining recognition under the Icorr Scheme. Information on training courses is also available from The Institute of Materials, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB.

Other European Countries
Guidance may be obtained from the national members of the Corrosion Education Working Party, whose names and addresses are listed on "Members of Working Party".