Corrosion and Surface Analysis

The Institute of Functional Surfaces (iFS) combines first class facilities with highly experienced staff to offer a diverse range of services to industry.

Corrosion Engineering

  • Experience of a wide range of materials including stainless steels, Co- and Ni-base superalloys, Titanium, coatings etc.
  • Full range of electrochemical tests (DC/AC/Noise/SRET) (Critical Pitting Temperature, Critical Crevice Temperature, Weld Integrity)
  • Tribocorrosion tests (Erosion-corrosion, sliding wear, cavitation corrosion, abrasion)
  • Salt spray tests
  • Atomic force microscopy (dry or in liquid and with coupled electrochemistry)
  • Scanning electron microscopy and EDX analysis
  • XPS (and full data interpretation)
  • Water analysis – scaling potential, standard chemical analysis
  • Failure analysis
  • Oilfield corrosion assessment

Tribology and Surface Engineering

  • Assessment of wear surfaces
  • Tribotesting and analysis of tribofilms
  • Assessment of coating integrity


  • Surface wettability evaluation
  • In-situ flow visualisation
  • Flow modelling
  • Analysis of complex fluids (inc. rheological characterisation)
  • Customised process simulation software
  • CFD analysis

We also have expertise in Combustion and Thermodynamics and Engineering Optics.