College

College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-18 12:38:12

Major

Corrosion Engineering

Honors Course

4250:497-003

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

As car manufacturers seek to use lighter weight materials, aluminum is being more commonly used in the construction of vehicles. However, the strength of steel cannot be matched and both metals are necessary, leading to the joining of dissimilar metals. This connection of different metals leads to a galvanic coupling and subsequent corrosion of the less noble metal. This project aims to observe the corrosion and galvanic coupling behavior of aluminum alloys and carbon steel so that a model may be produced which can accurately predict the expected responses of the metals in various environments. Better, more accurate modeling of the corrosion behavior can lead to the design of safer, more effective parts.

Research Sponsor

David Bastidas

First Reader

Rajeev Gupta

Second Reader

R.S. Lillard

Honors Faculty Advisor

Hongbo Cong

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