Environmental Degradation and Surface Engineering

By Prof. Jyotsna Dutta Majumdar, Prof. Indranil Manna   |   IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 243
The course would offer an extensive knowledge on the different types of environmental degradation of materials, the thermodynamics and kinetics of the individual degradation, examples of component failure initiated by environmental degradation and the scope of their mitigation. In addition, the course would also extend knowledge on the scope of mitigation of environmental degradation of materials by surface engineering tools. Special emphasize would also be given on the application of surface engineering for repairing of failed component. The characterization and testing techniques applied for the characterization of degraded surface and measurement of kinetics of environmental degradation, respectively would also be presented.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students pursuing BE/BTECH in Metallurgical/ Mechanical/ Manufacturing/ Production/ Aerospace/biomedical engineering, MS in Physics/Chemistry/Materials Science/Life Science, MSC in Physics/Chemistry/Life Science.

PREREQUISITES: 3rd year students who attended the courses like “Introduction to Materials”, Metallurgical thermodynamics and kinetics”, and Physics, Chemistry at the BSc level.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Tata Steel, Jamshedpur, Tata Metallics, Kharagpur, R&D Center for Iron and Steel (RDCIS), Ranchi, Engineers from all the Integrated Steel Plants under Sail Authority of India Limited.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to environmental degradation of materials, its classifications.
Week 2: Failure analysis
Week 3: Introduction to surface-initiated chemical degradation of material, its classification and examples.
Week 4: Introduction to surface-initiated mechanical degradation of material, its classification and examples.
Week 5: General approach on mitigation/prevention of surface-initiated failures
Week 6: Characterization and Testing of Degraded surface
Week 7: Surface engineering approaches for prevention of environmental degradation of components-Part 1: Machining
Week 8: Surface engineering approaches for prevention of environmental degradation of components-Part 2: Heat Treatment based techniques
Week 9: Surface engineering approaches for prevention of environmental degradation of components-Part 3: Physical Route
Week 10: Surface engineering approaches for prevention of surface-initiated failures -Part 4- Chemical/Electro-chemical Routes
Week 11: Surface engineering approaches for prevention of surface-initiated failures -Part 5- Melting Routes
Week 12: Examples of prevention of surface-initiated failures and Future scope of research.

Books and references

1. Surface Engineering for Wear Resistances(Introduction and classification of Wear) By: K.G.Budinski, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1988
2. Surface Engineering & Heat Treatment (Diffusionassisted surface alloying), By: P.H Morton I.I.T,Brooke field, (1991)
3. Protective Coating of Metals, By: R.M. Burns & W.W. Bradley, Reinhold Publication Corporation, N. York, 1928
4. Corrosion Engineering (classification of Corrosion), By: M.G. Fontana, M.C. Graw Hill, N. York, 1987
5. Metals Handbook, Ninth Edition, Vol.5, Surface Cleaning, Finishing & Coating, ASM, Metals Park Ohio, 1982.
6. Materials Science and Engineering by W. D. Callister (Fatigue)

Instructor bio

Prof. Jyotsna Dutta Majumdar

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Jyotsna Dutta Majumdar is serving for the Department ofMetallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute ofTechnology Kharagpur as Professor. Her areas of specializationinclude the following: (a) surface engineering, (b) surface modification and coating technology, (c) advanced materials processing and (d) corrosion and environmental degradation. She is well known internationally for her research contribution in the field of Metallurgical and Material Engineering with focus on surface engineering and laser surface processing. She made fundamental contributions to a profound understanding of the metallurgy of rapid solidification of metals under the specific heat input of a laser source. Her works also concern a detailed structure-property correlation of laser surface modified metallic materials with a specific goal to improve certain engineering properties. She also stated a brief understanding of the mechanism of wear, corrosion and high temperature oxidation of the metastable microstructures developed in commercial metals and alloys due to laser processing. Extensive efforts were also made for the first time for the development of compositionally graded surface and nano-dispersed surface for thermal barrier and hot corrosion application by application of hybrid coating technology.

Prof. Indranil Manna

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Indranil Manna, a JC Bose fellow and Institute Chair Professor at IIT Kharagpur, is an educationist and materials engineer with wide ranging teaching and research interests concerning structure property correlation and modeling in structural and functional materials including nanometric metals, laser/plasma assisted surface engineering, nano-fluid and bainitic steel. His work on amorphous Al-alloys, laser surface engineering of steel/Mg/Al alloys, and thermal conductivity of nanofluid are highly cited. His teaching interest covers subjects related to physical metallurgy, phase transformations, material characterization and surface engineering. Besides IIT Kharagpur (1985-present), Professor Manna has taught in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2000 01) and IIT Kanpur (2013-17). He developed two new courses (Surface engineering and Introduction to Engineering Solids) during his career. Surface engineering is available in SWAYAM platform. As an active researcher, he visited different renowned Institutions and Universities abroad like Max Planck Institute at Stuttgart, Technical University of Clausthal, Liverpool University, Nanyang Technological University and University of Ulm as a guest scientist. Prof Manna has authored over 250 journal publications and several patents, edited a number of books and monographs, supervised 25 PhD theses and over 30 sponsored projects worth over Rupees 200 million at IIT-Kharagpur and received several national/international awards and recognition.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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