Guy Bengough Award

For a paper published by the Institute on the subject of corrosion and degradation.

Guy Bengough Award

The Guy Bengough Award is presented annually for published work that makes outstanding contribution to the subject of corrosion and degradation of all types of materials and their controls.

Eligible papers must have been published 2 years before the award is presented in a relevant IOM3 journal such as:

  • Surface Engineering
  • Tribology: Materials, surfaces and interfaces
  • Materials Science & Technology
  • International Materials Review
  • International Heat Treatment & Surface Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
  • Corrosion Engineering, Science & Technology

The winner will receive a medal, a certificate and £450.00

Award judging

Nominations for the award are judged by the Surface Technologies Leadership Team.

Past winners

Not awarded

Not available

On the Volta potential measured SKPFM-fundamental and practical aspects with relevance to corrosion science
Cem Örnek, Cristofer Leygraf, Jinshan Pan

Characterising the early stages of crack development in environment-assisted cracking
A Turnbull

Effect of Fe ion concentration on corrosion of carbon steel in CO2 environment
M. Rogowska, J. Gudme, A. Rubin, K. Pantleon & R. Ambat 
Effect of Fe ion concentration on fatigue life of carbon steel in aqueous CO2 environment
M. Rogowska, J. Gudme, A. Rubin, K. Pantleon & R. Ambat 

Effect of thermal exposure on degradation of compressor blades in aero-jet engines
R. J. Bennett, S. W. Booth & C. M. Younes 

Effect of sulphur species on anerobic corrosion of carbon steel in alakline media
N. R. Smart, A. P. Rance, P. A. H. Fennell & B. Kursten

Stress corrosion cracking of Ru doped 304 stainless steel in high temperature water
F Scenini, K Govender, S Lyon & A Sherry, A. 2012
Influence of Pd and Ru additions on stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels
F Scenini, K Govender, S Lyon & A Sherry

Pitting corrosion of stainless steel: Measuring and modelling pit propagation in support of damage prediction for radioactive waste containers
S M Ghahari, D P Krouse, N J Laycock, T Rayment, C Padovani, T Suter, R Mokso, F Marone, M Stampanoni, M Monir & A J Davenport

Preferential weld corrosion of X65 pipeline steel in flowing brines containing carbon dioxide
Dr M J Robinson & Dr K Alawadhi

Localised corrosion of heat treated alloys' Parts 1 and 2
G Tormoen, N Sridhar & A Anderko

Effect of shot peening on high temperature oxidation behaviour of boiler steel; experimental results and simulation
R Narapaju, V B Trindade, H-J Christ & U Krupp

Acoustic emission from pittng corrosion in stressed stainless steel plate
C Lee, J Scholey, S Worthington, P Wilcox, M Wisnom, M Friswell & B Drinkwater

Accelerated exposure tests as evaluation tool for estimating life of organic coatings on steel bridges
I T Kim & Y Itoh

Examples of mathematical modelling of long term general corrosion of structural steels in sea water
R E Melchers

Validation of localised corrosion model using real time corrosion monitoring in a chemical plant
N Sridhar, A Anderko, L T Yang, S L Grise, B J Saldanha & M H Dorsey

Anodic and cathodic models for interpreting polarisation behaviour of ceramic-coated substrates containing pre-existing breaches
L H Hihara

Holistic Model for Atmospheric Corrosion: Part 1 – Theoretical Framework for Production, Transportation and Deposition of Marine Salts
I S Cole, D A Paterson & W D Ganther

Microbially influenced corrosion on stainless steels in waste water treatment plants
Dr A Iversen 

Stress corrosion cracking: 1965-1990
R C Newman & R P M Procter

Corrosion of stainless steels in natural, transported and artificial sea waters
P Gallagher, R E Malpas & E B Shone

Corrosion of structural steelwork in bridge enclosures, box sections and anchorage chambers
P R Vassie

Application of dimensionless groups to corrosion testing with and without heat transfer
E F C Somerscales

Effects of heat flux on corrosion og hifh pressure boilers
L Tomlinson & A M Pritchard

Effect of pollutants on corrosion of copper alloys in sea water
R Francis

Modelling approach to corrosion prediction
C Edeleanu & J G Hines

Stress corrosion resistance of transverse precracked prestressing tendons in tension
K F McGuinn & M Elices

Not awarded

Development of electrolytes for the electrochemical dezincification
J E Bowers, P W R Oseland & G C Davies

Crevice corrosion of stainless steels
J W Oldfield & J L Dawson

Corrosion monitoring using polarisation resistance measurements
L M Callow, J A Richardson & J L Dawson

About Guy Dunstan Bengough FRS

In the early years of this century there were few workers concerned with corrosion studies whose names were widely known. Of these, Guy Dunstan Bengough, FRS, must rank among the leadres in this field.

Born in 1876, he was educated at Malvern and at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1898. With an initial interest in botany and zoology, later to prove invaluable in dealing with problems of marine fouling, he nevertheless rapidly acquiredan interest in metallurgy, studying the subject at the Royal School of Mines. His appointment as Lecturer at the Sir John Cass Technical Institute in London led to the foundation there of the Department of Metallurgy, and was followed by successive appointments as Lecturer in Metallurgy at Brimingham University and, in 1911, at the new Metallurgy Department of Liverpool University.

In the same year, he was invited by the recently formed Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Metals to review existing knowledge of the corrosion of non-ferrous metals, The survey that he made, with proposals for the further research that the survey showed to be much needed, set him firmly on the way he was to follow for the rest of his life. Encouraged by the Committee, he began the researcher proposed, and was making progress when the outbreak of war in 1914 drew him into the army service. However, in 1916, the serious threat to the serviceability of warships posed by corrosion led to the installation of Bengough at the Royal School of Mines to give urgent attention to the presernvation of marine condenser-tubes. He was responsible, in the perios up to 1924, for the preparation, with several collaborators, of seven research reports in which the operating conditions inimical to condenser-tube lives were revealed for the first time. Although most of the work was concerned with the brasses, then the usual condenser-tube material, the basic findings on operating conditions have continued to be a useful guide in the development and selection of more resistant alloys. The move to superior materials was itself foreshadowed in comments on nickel-copper alloys contained in the last report.

In 1924, the Department of Scientific and Industrial Reseach under the late Sir Harold Caprenter set up a new committee for the express purpose of studying corrosion and its more dundamental aspects. Bengough was the natural choise for an Investigator in this work which was then initiated at the Royal School of Mines. However, an immediate ad hoc problem first required attention, namely, the protection of aluminium alloys against corrosion for the Royal Air Force. With his collaborator, J M Stuart, he developed the well known process of anodic oxidation (anodising) which, with subsequent variations and development, remains today as an important technical process.

In 1927, with the opening of the Department's Chemical Research Laboratory at Teddington under the late Sir Gilbert Morgan, Bengough moved with his staff to Teddington, where he established a vigorous school of corrosion research. A stream of papers resulted from this group which, together with the school of U. R. Evans at Cambridge, dominated fundamental corrosion research in the United Kingdom between the wars. Both groups gave their support also to the more directly practical investigations initiated by the Corrosion Committee of the Iron and Steel Institute under the direction of Dr J C Hudson.

Bengough, despite his metallurgical background, continually emphasised that corrosion was in many respects more the territory of the chemist thatn of the metallurgist, and he applied this approach throughout his researches. His outstanding contribution in this period was to stress the amenability of corrosion processes to clearly defined laws, and in support of this his experimental work was conducted under strictly defined and reproducible conditions aimed at establishing the factors that control corrosion rates.

Bengough was a man who had experience of the whole spectrum of corrosion studies, from the severely practical needs of preventing corrosion in service conditiond, to the detailed and precise nature of the processes and factors by which corrosion is controlled.

A quiet dignified personality, a military bearing and a keen interest in athletics and mountaineering contributed to the overall impressive character of the man. He died in 1945, but many who are still active remember him with gratitude and admiration. They, especially, will be please that an apt way of commemorating his life and work ha been found. He was closely associated with the Corrosion Committee of both the Institute of Metals and the Iron and Steel Institute and it is wholly appropriate that The Metals Society formed by the union of the two Institutes, should now announce an annual award of a medal and a money prize in his name. The award will be made for a paper published in one of the Society's journals on criteria that Bengough would probably have approves and, appropriately, the medal will be anodised aluminium.

A D M & S C B

Obituary notices of Dr Bengough appeared in Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol. 5, November 1945, pp 169-178(with list of publications); and in J. Chem. Soc., 1946, pp 63-65. A bibliography of papers published by his team and their successors at Teddington was issued by the National Physical Laboratoty in the centenary year of his birth and is available from that laboratory.

Br. Corros. J., 1979, Vol. 14, No. 1