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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   1/20/2012 1:19:53 PM
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Thanks for a great article on a basic and important subject. I've actually been wondering about galvanic corrosion since I'm coming across the topic here at DN a lot when writing about coatings and adhesives.

I'm with Beth--I've had to learn or re-learn a lot of basic chemistry in this beat, and am astonished that engineers have so little training in it. Aside from basic principles of ME, it's the other main subject I keep running into here.


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Beth Stackpole   1/20/2012 12:45:49 PM
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That's really hard to believe. I would think now with so much (or somewhat, however you want to look at it) of the focus on sustainability and alternative energy, chemistry and the make up of matter would be more important than ever to basic engineering work. Hopefully, we'll start to see a change in engineering curriculum to reflect that.

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Dave Palmer   1/20/2012 11:03:23 AM
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Thanks, Beth! You're right that this is something that should be part of a basic engineering education.  Unfortunately, most mechanical engineering programs only require one semester of chemistry.  Most universities which have materials engineering departments offer an upper-level undergraduate course in corrosion as an elective, but it's not usually required.

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sensor pro   1/20/2012 10:07:31 AM
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great article. Gave me lots of material to think about. Very clear with nice example.

Thanks. Really enjoyed reading.

 

Totally brought me back to chem101 or 102, who remembers now !!!

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Beth Stackpole   1/20/2012 7:31:47 AM
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Great primer, Dave, on a topic that should be top of mind for engineers. I'm actually surprised this kind of material isn't duly covered in the standard engineering curriculum. Seems like materials/chemistry 101, especially for engineers trying to create products that have lasting legs.

 

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