|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||CHIM/07|
Provide a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of Electrochemistry for Energy production and Storage and for the study of corrosion phenomena as well as the techniques of corrosion protection and corrosion control.
Attendance and active participation in the proposed training activities (lectures, laboratory experiences) and individual study will allow the student to:
- Know a basic electrochemical culture
- understand the fundamentals of corrosion
- Know the techniques of protection, protection and control of corrosive phenomena
- To evaluate completely the problems of degradation of metallic materials in contact with the external environment.
- Discuss corrosion problems through initial diagnosis assessments and the main causes of phenomena
- describe the behavior of the electrochemical cells used in the energy field (batteries and fuel cells)
provide examples of electrolysis cells.
For a successful learning, basic knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and physics is required, but no formal prerequisites are required.
The course includes lectures in the classroom. The transversal competences in terms of autonomy of judgment will be acquired through the classroom performance of the numerical exercises and the communication skills will be encouraged with the proposal for the realization of a power point presentation on a topic chosen by the student in the field of corrosion or electrochemistry to be evaluated during the examination.
- Basic electrochemical concepts. Electrochemical and kinetic thermodynamics. Design of electrochemical reactors. Storage and conversion of energy.
- Primary and secondary industrial batteries (Daniell cell, Li-ion ions, lead-acid battery).
- Typical fuel cells (PAFC, AFC, PEMFC, MCFC, SOFC).
- Industrial applications of electrolysis (alkaline chlorine process, metal refinery, aluminum production)
- Electrochemical aspects of corrosion
- Corrosion forms and morphologies (generalized and localized, pitting corrosion, crevice, mechanochemical corrosion)
- Corrosion in industrial environments (petrochemical industry, offshore structures).
- Prevention and protection methods (cathodic protection, sacrificial anodes, metallic, inorganic and organic protective coatings)
- corrosion monitoring in plants
The teaching material used during the lessons will be available in the classroom of the course, as well as the examples of final tests proposed in previous years with the related solutions. The notes taken during the lessons and the material in the aulaweb are sufficient for the preparation of the exam, but the following books are suggested as supporting and in-depth texts:
- Industrial Electrochemistry, Pletcher, D., Walsh, F.C.. Springer 1993. ISBN 978-94-011-2154-5
- Basic Corrosion technology for scientist and engineers. Ellis Horwood Limited 1989.
Office hours: On appointment
GIACOMO CERISOLA (President)
MARIA PAOLA CARPANESE (President Substitute)
16 September 2020
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
The exam consists of an oral test on the topics covered during the course. During the exam the optional power point presentation will be evaluated on a topic chosen by the student in the field of corrosion or electrochemistry.
Three exam sessions will be available for the 'winter' session (January, February) and 3 calls for the 'summer' session (June, July, September). No extraordinary appeals will be granted outside the periods indicated by the University of Genoa, except for students who have not included in the study plan training activities in the current academic year.
Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of depth of each topic will be given during the lessons. The oral exam includes questions regarding the general aspects of corrosion, its prevention and protection; attack morphologies and factors influencing the selection of materials and methods of protection in a service environment. Another question will be on electrochemical cells (batteries, fuel cells, electrolysis). The examination aims to ascertain the ability to apply the theoretical bases to general or specific cases of technological interest and to critically analyze the problems related to corrosion. The quality of the exposure, the correct use of technical terminology and the critical reasoning ability will also be assessed.