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Swagelok Materials Science Training

Materials science training

Swagelok Materials Science Training

Learn How to Choose the Right Corrosion-Resistant Materials


  • Choose proper materials to keep your fluid systems leak tight and operating efficiently
  • Learn how specific alloys resist corrosion, how materials behave and how industry standards impact your material choice

What You'll Learn

  • The principles of materials science, corrosion and other factors affecting material properties
  • Different types of corrosion and how specific alloys resist corrosion
  • How to select optimal materials of construction for demanding applications based on pressure and temperature ratings, corrosive threats and compliance
  • How to select proper components to address sour gas corrosion and NACE standards
  • Critical concepts covering the nature and behavior of materials, including an atom-level view of metals, as well as the micro-structural characteristics and mechanical properties of materials

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers, managers, supervisors, buyers or purchasing agents, technical associates and anyone involved in the material selection process
  • Appropriate for basic training or as a refresher for experienced professionals

Course Length

Available virtually as a full-day course or in two-hour sessions spread across multiple days. Attendees can also choose to attend two-hour sessions on an à la carte basis to learn about specific topics of interest.


Register now by emailing to request private, on-site training. We will follow up with full details.

Your Instructors

  • Gerhard Schiroky, Principal Scientist: Gerhard joined Swagelok in 2000 and is responsible for helping customers find solutions to meet their materials requirements and identifying opportunities for providing value-added solutions. He has investigated the role of alloy constituents on corrosion of welded high purity 316L stainless steels. Mr. Schiroky has an in-depth knowledge of materials-related industry standards and standard specifications. He routinely provides customers with a better understanding of the NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 international standard for the selection of materials for sour gas applications. He has developed road-maps for improved and new alloys, from which future fluid system components have been constructed. Mr. Schiroky received his doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Utah. An author of numerous technical publications on diverse topics, including 316L stainless steel, corrosion, the effects of alloy composition, fluid dynamics and materials science, he has been named on over 20 patents.
  • Dr. Robert Bianco, Senior Materials Scientist: Bob joined Swagelok in 2017 as a materials expert and technical lead for Swagelok’s additive manufacturing program. Having worked for nearly 30 years in applied R&D organizations, Bob helps customers develop materials for unique applications and protect materials from degradation in their environments. Prior to joining Swagelok, Bob helped develop protective coatings for the prevention of oxidation and material systems for advanced energy conservation applications. He also taught courses on materials science, additive manufacturing, high-temperature oxidation prevention, and stainless steels. Bob received his doctorate in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University and he has authored or coauthored 12 patents, more than 50 technical articles, and two book chapters on novel materials or coatings compositions and related performance test results.