Dr. Pierre Combrade

Structural Material Degradation


Dr. Pierre Combrade received his first degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, in 1967 and earned his doctorate degrees with a thesis on solidification of refractory eutectic alloys for aero engine turbine blades in 1972. He has been involved in corrosion problems for the nuclear industry since 1972. For 22 years he worked partly on corrosion problems in light water reactors and partly on stress corrosion and localized corrosion of high grade stainless steels for the chemical process industry. He joined Framatome (now AREVA NP) in 1994 as head of the corrosion department of the Technical (R&D) Centre and subsequently became an “AREVA International Expert”. He retired from AREVA in 2007 and is now active as a consultant, mainly in the fields of corrosion of materials for light water reactors and underground storage of radioactive wastes. Dr. Pierre Combrade is also the author or co-author of over 50 technical publications and several reviews as well as book chapters on stress corrosion cracking and crevice corrosion. He is co-author of a book of metallurgy published in 1997 and re-edited in 2002. He has also been involved in teaching activities in the Ecole des Mines de Paris, in the Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne and the INSTN (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Techniques), as well as directing several thesis students working on SCC and fretting-corrosion problems.