The Corrosion Engineering Laboratory is a recently built 2,500 sq. ft. addition to the Engineering Research complex on the North side of the USF campus. Closely integrating education and research, the laboratory incorporates the offices of Prof. A. Sagüés and graduate students/visiting researchers active in the area of durability of engineering materials. The laboratory is one of few in the U.S. focused on solving corrosion problems in cement and concrete applications, with emphasis on enhancing durability of the large inventory of marine bridges in the State of Florida. Other areas of interest include interdisciplinary diagnostic and forecasting of materials performance of metals in natural environments, advanced corrosion modeling, electrochemical evaluation methods, nuclear waste, and semiconductor electrochemistry.


The laboratory contains several state of the art potentiostatic and electrochemical impedance sys­tems, exposure tanks and envi­ronmental cham­bers for corrosion evaluation with multiple electro­chemical control­lers, metal­lographic preparation, chemical analysis systems, and an array of custom built electro­chemical cells as well as a rotat­ing disk electrode. An adja­cent Test Yard is used for exposure and evaluation of materials used in field ap­plica­tions. Portable equipment for field testing includes soil and concrete resistiv­ity units and potentiostats. Samples prepared at the laboratory are also analyzed in conjunction with the metallographic, electron optics, x-ray diffraction and nano-characterization equipment available to the College of Engineering.  Concurrent with the ex­perimental activities, computer analy­sis and predictive model development and implementation are conducted regularly to validate and expand the materials performance laboratory findings.