Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC)

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC)

Microorganisms -- whether they be microalgae, bacteria, or fungi -- can cause microbiologically influenced corrosion, or MIC. Although they do not produce a unique type of corrosion, they can speed corrosion reactions or influence the mechanisms of corrosion to shift.

The activities of microorganisms have been identified as a contributor to the rapid corrosion of metals and alloys exposed to the following:

  • soils
  • seawater
  • distilled water
  • freshwater
  • crude oil
  • hydrocarbon fuels
  • process chemicals
  • sewage

Where MIC is a threat, implementing effective corrosion management systems is challenging since it can occur in conjunction with other corrosion mechanisms or independently. Additionally, before a case of suspected MIC can be identified as the root cause of corrosion, it usually always needs to be confirmed by examining biological, chemical, metallurgical, and operational lines of evidence.

No definitive tests or accepted standardized methodologies exist that can implicate MIC as the probable cause of corrosion rather, it is often determined through a process of deduction of the facts and elimination of other mechanisms. Despite its limitations, serial dilution using liquid culture media has historically been the main method used to identify viable bacteria.

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Resources

Books

Practical Manual on Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion, Volume 2, A

This truly practical manual is the follow-up to A Practical Manual on Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion, first released by NACE International in 1993.

CorrCompilations: Introduction to Corrosion Management of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (e-book)

This CorrCompilation brings together many of the latest microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) management references from NACE CORROSION conference papers and Materials Performance in a clear, easy-to-follow guide.

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry

Microorganisms are ubiquitously present in petroleum reservoirs and the facilities that produce them.

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion

A multi-disciplinary, multi-industry overview of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), with strategies for diagnosis and control or prevention, this book helps engineers and scientists understand and combat the costly failures that occur due to MIC.

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion and Biofouling in Oilfield Equipment, TPC 3

This publication provides a guide, training manual, and reference source for corrosion problems caused by microorganisms, especially bacteria.

Heterogeneous Electrode Processes and Localized Corrosion

A major contribution to the field of electrochemistry, this book—based on a thorough review of the literature and author Yongjun Tan's twenty years of pioneering research—examines electrochemical heterogeneity and its effects on non-uniform electrode processes.

Pipeline CICS - Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion of Pipelines

This MIC book is a compilation of technical papers from NACE topical symposia and conferences, articles from Materials Performance magazine, CORROSION journal book proceedings, and technical committee reports.

Uhlig's Corrosion Handbook, 3rd Edition

This book serves as a reference for engineers, scientists, and students concerned with the use of materials in applications where reliability and resistance to corrosion are important.

Proceedings of the CORROSION/97 Research Topical Symposia

These proceedings feature a collection of 19 papers from two research symposia held at CORROSION/97 in New Orleans, Louisiana: Part I—Advanced Monitoring and Analytical Techniques and Part II—Corrosion-Related Coatings.

1995 International Conference on Microbially Influenced Corrosion, Proceedings, May 8-10, 1995, New Orleans, Louisiana

This publication presents the significance of long-term materials performance in industrial settings, as well as the methods needed to control microbially influenced corrosion (MIC).

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