Professor Andrej Atrens

Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
andrejs.atrens@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53748

Overview

Prof Andrej Atrens's research interests are in: the service performance of engineering materials and alloy development.

Professor Atrens lectures in Materials Engineering and is the Head of the Materials Division within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.

He received his PhD from the University of Adelaide in 1976 and his DEng from the University of Queensland in 1997.

His current research projects are in the fields of:

  • Mg Corrosion
  • SCC
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Galvanic corrosion of Mg
  • SCC of Mg alloys

Research Interests

  • Mg Corrosion
  • Hydrogen Embrittlenent
  • Stress Corrosion cracking

Qualifications

  • Fellow Aust Inst of Physics
  • Fellow - Institute of Engineers Aust
  • Doctor of Engineering, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate (Education), The University of Queensland
  • PhD, The University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Adelaide

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  • The aim is to provide an overview and summary of the state of art and description of key technical challenges, drivers and trends emerging in the technology/sector.

    The total topic is huge so it is necessary to target one part. A possible approach is to look at a particular number of sectors. Sectors can be defined in a number of ways.

    1. Focus on the manufacturing process: Casting, Shaping and forming, machining, Fabrication, Fabrication of microelectronic devices and micromanufacturing, Joining, Surface Technology, Composites, Ceramics, Wood, Concrete
    1. Focus on the industry or industry sector: Aerospace, auto, microelectronic or consumer electronics, consumer goods etc.

    A number of these sectors need to be chosen and analysed. For each sector an overview/summary is to be provided together with the references of where the information was obtained.

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Publications

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Conference Publication

  • Song, T., Yan, M., Shi, Z., Atrens, A. and Qian, M. (2015). Electrochemical dealloying of a ternary Al67Cu18Sn15 alloy compared with that of a binary Al75Cu25 alloy. In: ECS Transactions. Symposium on Nanotechnology General Session - 227th ECS Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, (23-30). 24-28 May 2015. doi:10.1149/06640.0023ecst

  • Liu, Q. and Atrens, A. (2014). Cathodic charging during hydrogen embrittlement testing. In: European Corrosion Congress: EUROCORR, Pisa, Italy, (). 8-12 September 2014.

  • Taltavull, C., Shi, Z., Torres, B., Rams, J. and Atrens, A. (2013). Corrosion behaviour of high purity Mg, ZE41 and AZ91 in a buffer-regulated Hank's solution in dependence of the chloride ion concentration. In: Proceedings of EUROCORR 2013. EUROCORR 2013: European Corrosion Congress, Estoril, Portugal, (1639-1639). 1-5 September, 2013.

  • Atrens, A. (2013). Corrosion resistance of magnesium for implants. In: Annual Conference of the Australasian Corrosion Association, Annual Conference of the Australasian Corrosion Association 2013: Corrosion and Prevention 2013, (563-569). 10-13 November 2013.

  • Cao, F., Shi, Z., Song, G-L., Liu, M. and Atrens, A. (2013). Effect of alloying elements on corrosion behaviour of binary magnesium alloys. In: Conference Proceedings: Corrosion & Prevention 2013. ACACP 2013: Corrosion & Prevention Annual Conference & Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia, (1-12). 10-13 November 2013.

  • Liu, Qiuxiang, Zhang, Ruijun, Lu, Deping and Atrens, Andrej (2013). Evaluation from first principles the structural stability of Mg containing different amounts of Al atoms under high pressure. In: Technologies of Mechanical Engineering Industry. 2nd International Conference on Advances in Mechanics Engineering (ICAME 2013), Jakarta, Indonesia, (56-60). 13-14 July 2013. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.391.56

  • Liu, Q., Irwanto, B. and Atrens, A. (2013). Fractographic investigation of medium strength steels tested under hydrogen conditions using the linearly increasing stress test. In: Conference Proceedings: Corrosion & Prevention 2013. ACACP 2013: Corrosion & Prevention Annual Conference & Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-10). 10-13 November, 2013.

  • Prasad, Arvind, Uggowitzer, Peter J., Shi, Zhiming and Atrens, Andrej (2013). Production of high purity Mg-X rare earth binary alloys using Zr. In: Ian Stone, Brian McKay and Zhongyun Fan, Light Metals Technology 2013. LMT 2013: 6th International Light Metals Technology Conference, Old Windsor, UK, (301-305). 24-26 July, 2013. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.765.301

  • Taltavull, C., Torres, B., Lopez, A. J., Rodrigo, P., Otero, E., Atrens, A. and Rams, J. (2013). Relationship between laser parameters, microstructure and corrosion behaviour of a laser surface treated AZ91D magnesium alloy. In: Proceedings of EUROCORR 2013. EUROCORR 2013: European Corrosion Congress, Estoril, Portugal, (1-5). 1-5 September, 2013.

  • Liu, Qian, Irwanto, Bartolomeus and Atrens, Andrej (2013). Steels for the hydrogen economy. In: Lejiang Xu, Proceedings of the 5th Baosteel Biennial Academic Conference. The Fifth Baosteel Biennial Academic Conference (Baosteel BAC 2013), Shanghai, China, (E.32-E.39). 4-6 June 2013.

  • Liu, Qian, Irwanto, Bartolomeus and Atrens, Andrej (2013). The tensile properties of NiCrMo1 steel under conditions of hydrogen charging studied using the linearly increasing stress test. In: S. Yu and X.-Q. Feng, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Fracture (ICF13). ICF13: 13th International Conference on Fracture, Beijing, China, (S16-006.1-S16-006.10). 16–21 June, 2013.

  • Atrens, Andrej (2012). Overview of the Mg corrosion mechanism. In: M. Urquidi-McDonald, C. D. Taylor and T. Haruna, Corrosion, Passivity, and Energy: A Symposium in Honor of Digby D. Macdonald. Corrosion, Passivity, and Energy: A Symposium in Honor of Digby D. Macdonald - PRiME 2012, Honolulu, HI, (335-344). 7 - 12 October 2012. doi:10.1149/05031.0335ecst

  • Shi, Zhiming and Atrens, Andrej (2011). An innovative specimen for Mg corrosion studies. In: Hajo Dieringa, Norbert Hort and Karl Ulrich Kainer, Light Metals Technology V: Selected, peer reviewed papers from the 5th International Conference on Light Metals Technology. 5th International Conference on Light Metals Technology, Luneburg, Germany, (365-368). 19-22 July 2011. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.690.365

  • Atrens, Andrej, Liu, Ming and Zainal Abidin, Nor Ishida (2011). Corrosion mechanism applicable to biodegradable magnesium implants. In: Frank Witte and Diego Mantovani, 2nd Symposium on Biodegradable Metals, Maratea, Italy, (1609-1636). 31 August –3 September 2010. doi:10.1016/j.mseb.2010.12.017

  • Prasad A., Shi Z. and Atrens A. (2011). Influence of surface oxides on the flammability of Mg-Al and Mg-Y alloys. In: Materials innovation in surface engineering. Materials Innovations in Surface Engineering Conference, Melbourne, VIC, (63-70). 18-20 October 2011.

  • Abidin, Nor Ishida Zainal, Martin, Darren and Atrens, Andrejs (2011). Magnesium corrosion in different solutions. In: Hajo Dieringa, Norbert Hort and Karl Ulrich Kainer, Light Metals Technology V: Selected, peer reviewed papers from the 5th International Conference on Light Metals Technology. 5th International Conference on Light Metals Technology, Luneburg, Germany, (369-372). 19-22 July 2011. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.690.369

  • Atrens, A. (2011). Understanding magnesium corrosion, recent progress at UQ. In: Proceedings of 18th International Corrosion Congress 2011. 18th International Corrosion Congress 2011, Perth, Australia, (1893-1896). 20-24 November 2011.

  • Zhao, MingChun, Uggowitzer, Peter J., Liu, Ming, Schmutz, Patrik, Song, Gaungling and Atrens, Andrej (2009). Corrosion of AZ91-Influence of the beta-phase Morphology. In: M. Dargusch, S. Keay, F.H. Wohlbier, G. Murch and Y-W. Mai, Light Metals Technology 2009. 4th International Light Metals Technology Conference (LMT 2009), Gold Coast, Austraila, (473-478). 29 June - 1 July 2009. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.618-619.473

  • Dietzel, W., Pfuff, M., Winzer, N. and Atrens, A. (2009). Environmentally assisted cracking of magnesium alloys. In: 12th International Conference on Fracture 2009, ICF-12: Proceedings of meeting. 12th International Conference on Fracture 2009, ICF-12, Ottawa, ON Canada, (806-813). 12-17 July 2009.

  • Winzer, N., Atrens, A., Dietzel, W. and Kainer, K. U. (2009). The role of hydrogen in the stress corrosion cracking of Mg-Al alloys. In: Brian Somerday, Petros Sofronis and Russell H Jones, Effects of hydrogen on materials : proceedings of the 2008 International Hydrogen Conference. 2008 International Hydrogen Conference, Jackson, WY United States, (259-266). 7-10 September 2008.

  • Harjac S., Atrens A. and Moss H. (2007). A unique assessment of CO2 removal plant corrosion: Six sigma and swiss cheese - could these management frameworks assist with root cause identification and corrosion mitigation of Hot Potassium Carbonate acid gas removal plants?. In: Corrosion 2007. Corrosion 2007, Nashville, TN, (074011-0740132). March 11, 2007-March 15, 2007.

  • Lu, De-ping, Wang, Jun, Atrens, A., Zou, Xing-quan, Lu, Lei and Sun, Bao-de (2007). Calculation of Cu-rich part of Cu-Ni-Si phase diagram. In: International Conference of Nonferrous Materials (ICNFM). International Conference of Nonferrous Materials (ICNFM), Changsha, Peoples Republic of China, (S12-S15). 25-30 November 2007.

  • Winzer, N., Atrens, A., Dietzel, W., Song, G. and Kainer, K.U. (2007). Magnesium stress corrosion cracking. In: International Conference of Nonferrous Materials (ICNFM). International Conference of Nonferrous Materials (ICNFM), Changsha, Peoples Republic of China, (S150-S155). 25-30 November 2007.

  • Villalba, E. L., Mougin, J. and Atrens, A. (2005). An evaluation of steels subjected to rock bolt SCC conditions. In: Corrosion and Prevention 2005: 45th Annual Conference of the Australasian Corrosion Association 2005. Corrosion and Prevention 2005, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia, (12-21). 20-23 November 2005.

  • Gamboa, Erwin, Villalba, Ernesto and Atrens, Andrej (2005). Metallurgical aspects of rock bolt environmental fracture. In: Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Fracture. 11th International Conference on Fracture, Turino, Italy, (1-1). 20-25 March, 2005.

  • Song, Guangling, Jia, Jimmy X. and Atrens, Andrej (2005). Simulation and measurement of galvanic corrosion of magnesium coupled to steel. In: 16th International Corrosion Congress. 16th International Corrosion Congress, Beijing, China, (). 19-24 September 2005.

  • Winzer, N. A., Song, G., Atrens, A., Dietzel, W. and Blawert, C (2005). Transgranular SCC of Magnesium. In: Corrosion and Prevention 2005. Corrosion and Prevention 2005, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia, (1-12). 20-23 November 2005.

  • Song, G. and Atrens, A. (2005). Understanding the Corrosion of Magnesium Alloys. In: 16th International Corrosion Congress. 16th International Corrosion Congress, Beijing, China, (). 19-24 September 2005.

  • Atrens, A., Humphrey, S, Piper, J P and Wang, J. (2004). Recent advances in our understanding of the mechanism of intergranular SCC in pipeline steels and its relation to service experience. In: F King and J Beavers, Proceedings of Corrision / 2004 Research Topical Symposium. Corrosion / 2004, Louisiana, USA, (275-326). 28 March - 1 April 2004.

  • Gamboa, Erwin, Villalba, Ernesto and Atrens, Andrej (2004). Stress Corrosion Cracking Of Rock Bolts. In: Atrens, A., Boland, J. N., Clegg, R. and Griffiths, J. R., Proceedings of the International Conference on Structural Integrity and Fracture. Structural Integrity and Fracture International Conference (SIF'04), Brisbane, Australia, (127-134). 26-29 September 2004.

  • Atrens, A., Boland, J., Clegg, R and Griffiths, J R (2004). Structural Integrity and Fracture Proceedings of an International Conference. In: SIF 2004, Brisbane, Australia, (). 26-29 September 2004.

  • Shi, Z., Song, G. and Atrens, A. (2003). Effects of zinc on the corrosion resistance of anodised coating on Mg-Zn alloys. In: A. Dahle, Proceedings of the 1st International Light Metals Technology Conference 2003. 1st International Light Metals Technology 3, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, (393-396). 18-20 September, 2003.

  • Gamboa, E. and Atrens, A. (2003). Laboratory testing of rock bolt stress corrosion cracking. In: N Aziz and B Kininmonth, Coal 2003 4th Underground Coal Operators' Conference. Coal 2003 4th Underground Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, (132-153). 12-14 February 2003.

  • Song, G., Atrens, A., Jia, J.X. and St John, D. H. (2003). Modeling and Experimental Study of the Galvanic Corrosion of AZ91D Magnesium Alloy in contact with Steel in NaC1 solution. In: 13th Asian-Pacific Corrosion Control Conference. 13th Asian-Pacific Corrosion Control Conference, Japan, (14-14). 16-21 November 2003.

  • Jia, J.X., Song, G., Atrens, A., St John, D. H. and Chandler, G. A. (2003). Prediction and experimental measurement of galvanic corrosion for a magnesium-steel couple in corrosive water. In: A Dahle, The First International Light Metals Technology Conference 2003. The First International Light Metals Technology Conference 203, Brisbane, Australia, (397-400). 18-20 September 2003.

  • Gamboa, E. and Atrens, A. (2003). Relationship of laboratory tests of rock bolt SCC to service failures of rock bolts. In: N R Moody, A W thompson, R E Ricker and G W Was and R H Jones, Proceedings of the Internatinal Conference on Hydrogen Effects on Material Behaviour and Corrosion Deformation Interactions. Proceedings of the Internatinal Conference on Hydrogen Effects, Wyoming, USA, (647-661). 22-26 September 2002.

  • Shi, Z. M., Song, G. L. and Atrens, A. (2003). The influence of anodising parameters on the corrosion performance of anodised coatings on magnesium alloy AZ91D. In: 13th Asia-Pacific Corrosion Control Conference (APCCC), Osaka, Japan, (). 16-21 November 2003.

  • Shi, Z., Song, G. and Atrens, A. (2003). The influence of anodising parameters on the corrosionperformance of anodised coatings on magnesium alloy AZ91D. In: Toshio Shibata, Tooru Tsuru and Shinji Fujimoto, Proceedings of Asian Pacific Corrosion Control Conference Application. 13th Asian-Pacific Corrosion Control Conference Application, Osaka, Japan, (1-7). 16-21 November, 2003.

  • Gamboa, E. and Atrens, A. (2002). Analysis of a rock bolt failed in service. In: 15th International Corrosion Congress, Granada, Spain, (). 22-27 September 2002.

  • Yeomans, S.R. and Atrens, A. (2001). A process for curriculum development. In: Les Dawes and Wageeh Boles and Anthony Maeder, 12th Australian Conference on Engineering. Towards Excellence in Engineering Education, Brisbane, (117-122). 26-28 Sept 2001.

  • Song, G., Atrens, A. and St John, D. H. (2001). An hydrogen evolution method for the estimation of the corrosion rate of magnesium alloys. In: J N Hyrn, Magnesium Technology 2001. Magnesium Technology 2001, New Orleans, USA, (255-262). 11-15 Feb 2001.

  • Atrens, A. and Truss, R. W. (2001). Curriculum design to tailor an undergraduate site learning program (USLP) in materials engineering. In: Les Dawes and Wageeh Boles and Anthony Maeder, 12th Australian Conference on Engineering. Towards Excellence in Engineering Education, Brisbane, Qld, (127-132). 26-28 Sept 2001.

  • Wang, J., Atrens, A. and Mitchell, D R G (2001). Grain boundary characterization of X42 pipeline steel in relation to IGSCC. In: Mike Danielson, Environmentally Assisted Cracking, Corrosion 2001, NACE. Environmentally Assisted Cracking, Corrosion 2001, NACE, Houston, TX, USA, (1-9). 11-16 March 2001.

  • Song, G. and Atrens, A. (2001). Magnesium Corrosion Mechanisms. In: Proceedings of the 12th Asia Pacific Corrosion Control Conference 2001. 12th Asia Pacific Corrosion Control Conference 2001, Seoul, Korea, (). 8-12 October, 2001.

  • Atrens, A, Wang, ZF and Wang, JQ (1997). SCC initiation for 4340 in distilled water. In: Advances in Fracture Research, Vols 1-6. 9th International Conference in Fracture (ICF9), Sydney Australia, (375-382). Apr 01-05, 1997.

  • Oehlert, A and Atrens, A (1992). Primary Creep and Stress-Corrosion Cracking. In: Parkins Symposium On Fundamental Aspects of Stress Corrosion Cracking. Parkins Symp On Fundamental Aspects of Stress Corrosion Cracking, At the 1991 Fall Meeting of the Minerals, Metal and Materials Soc, Cincinnati Oh, (255-275). Oct 21-24, 1991.

  • Bruesch, P, Muller, K, Atrens, A, Neff, H and Bennemann, K (1985). The Surface-Phase Transition in the Fe1-Xcrx Electrolyte System - its Mechanism and its Significance for the Corrosion of Steels. In: Helvetica Physica Acta. , , (792-792). .

  • Bruesch, P, Atrens, A, Muller, K and Neff, H (1984). Corrosion of Rust-Free Steels - An Xps Study of Passive Films. In: Helvetica Physica Acta. , , (487-487). .

  • Mezzanotte, DA, Fiore, NF, Kargol, JA and Atrens, A (1979). Hydrogen Mobility in a Ni-Base Alloy. In: Journal of Metals. , , (F13-F13). .

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The aim is to provide an overview and summary of the state of art and description of key technical challenges, drivers and trends emerging in the technology/sector.

    The total topic is huge so it is necessary to target one part. A possible approach is to look at a particular number of sectors. Sectors can be defined in a number of ways.

    1. Focus on the manufacturing process: Casting, Shaping and forming, machining, Fabrication, Fabrication of microelectronic devices and micromanufacturing, Joining, Surface Technology, Composites, Ceramics, Wood, Concrete
    1. Focus on the industry or industry sector: Aerospace, auto, microelectronic or consumer electronics, consumer goods etc.

    A number of these sectors need to be chosen and analysed. For each sector an overview/summary is to be provided together with the references of where the information was obtained.