Funding from the Irish Research Council
And Boston Scientific Clonmel
Metal corrosion is one of the most serious issues that diverse sectors encounter. There are different variables that affect corrosion processes. Temperature, pressure, the aggressiveness of the electrolytic media, and the presence of metallic impurities all impact this complicated phenomenon. Pure metals and most metallic alloys can react with the surrounding environment to form more stable material phases through chemical or electrochemical processes. Corrosion is an electrochemical, thermodynamic, and spontaneous process that involves the gradual conversion of less stable metallic materials into more stable forms. Therefore, the MACATAMO group's corrosion scientists and engineers are committing major resources to unravel corrosion processes. They are focusing on how metals react to corrosion in harsh conditions and how to protect them against corrosion.
Within the IRC-project CORROTI, corrosion processes occurring within specific metal and alloy-based welds are studied from a molecular modelling perspective. Different modelling techniques are used to study the dissolution in saline environment near the metal-water interface. Our goal is to evaluate the corrosion tendency in function of a multiparameter space to determine which parameters are detrimental and need to be controlled. Within experimental studies, it would be extremely difficult to probe and decouple all these parameters, therefore, predictive multiscale modelling tools will be developed.