According to Dr Andreas Chrysanthou in the School of Engineering and Technology, applying electromagnetic fields to steel can protect against corrosion and make savings of 50 percent.
This is good news for the automotive, defence, construction and aerospace industries.
Dr Chrysanthou has now been awarded a further €278,680 for a two-year FP7 Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) project to investigate the effect of applying these electromagnetic fields on the properties of structural metals.
“Our previous work has shown that using electromagnetic treatment as a post-processing routine increases corrosion resistance in steel by about 50 percent,” said Dr Chrysanthou. “Now we need to understand the microstructural effects that take place when the field acts on the steel.”
Read more about Dr Chrysanthou's research in this field