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Combatting Corrosion: An Introduction to SOCORRO

Gain an understanding of corrosion and how ground-breaking solutions are tackling the problem to save time, money, and lives.

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Combatting Corrosion: An Introduction to SOCORRO

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Understand the economic and environmental impact of corrosion

Five tonnes of steel are lost to corrosion each second. This colossal amount is expensive to repair, causes environmental damage, and risks human lives.

On this two-week course, you’ll explore the innovative solutions that can tackle corrosion before it becomes a problem.

Hearing from scientists and those involved in the SOCORRO project, you’ll discover the scientific breakthroughs that are effectively combatting corrosion. The SOCORRO project was funded by the European Union Interreg 2 Seas Programme.

What is corrosion?

You’ll start by learning about corrosion from a scientific point of view to understand the chemical reaction and elements involved.

Exploring the factors that affect the rate of corrosion, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of what corrosion is, its different types, and its impact.

Learn how the SOCORRO system works

You’ll be introduced to the SOCORRO project, an international project between European and UK universities working on pioneering solutions to tackle corrosion.

Exploring the inner workings of the SOCORRO system, you’ll understand the objective of the project, how it works, and how technologies such as AI help the project offer innovative solutions.

Receive guidance from the experts at the University of Kent

Finally, you’ll delve into real-life case studies to see the SOCORRO project in action.

Guided by experts from the SOCORRO project team, you’ll finish the course with a solid understanding of corrosion and the modern solutions to tackle the problem before it puts lives or the environment at risk.

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  • Week 1

    Understanding corrosion

    • Getting started

      Let's get started by getting to know what we'll cover in the next two weeks and meeting the team behind the SOCORRO project.

    • An introduction to corrosion

      To begin learning about corrosion, let's take a deeper look at how it happens and influences our surrounding materials and environments.

    • Reflect on Week 1

      It's time to reflect on our learning from the first week of the course.

  • Week 2

    Introducing the SOCORRO system

    • An introduction to SOCORRO project

      Let's begin by learning about the SOCORRO Project.

    • Understanding the SOCORRO system

      During this part of the course, we'll learn about how the SOCORRO project approaches corrosion from different scientific viewpoints.

    • SOCORRO system in action

      It's time to learn how AI and data can support us monitor factors contributing to corrosion. In this part of the course, we will learn about SOCORRO data-driven applications and how they can be used.

    • Reflect on Week 2

      We are approaching the end of the course. The SOCORRO team would like to invite you to reflect on your learnings to date, recap and test your knowledge.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the economic and environmental impact of corrosion
  • Improve your scientific understanding of corrosion
  • Describe factors that affect the rate of corrosion
  • Explore the inner workings of the SOCORRO system
  • Develop a working knowledge of the SOCORRO system

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for industry members who can adopt and deploy the SOCORRO system in their industrial setup to help combat corrosion. It is also suitable for anyone interested in learning about corrosion.

Who will you learn with?

Biologist who switched to corrosion research and maritime projects. Head of research at Antwerp Maritime Academy, Belgium. Amateur historian of science.

Practice-based researcher and Senior Lecturer in Digital Media https://www.kent.ac.uk/engineering/people/732/von-jungenfeld-rocio

Post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University. Feel free to connect through LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/marjolein-vanoppen-9b053343

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European university, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.


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