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Title: Microbiologically-induced corrosion and biofilm interactions
Category: Technical papers from the Journal of Pipeline Engineering
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Catalog No.: 2127s
Date of Publication: March, 2008
Price: $25.00 US
Authors: Dr Roger A King
Abstract: SULPHATE-REDUCING bacteria may dominate areas of biofilms, and when this occurs, corrosion cells may be produced which become self perpetuating. A possible explanation of the formation of these cells is outlined based on present knowledge of corrosion by iron sulphides, hydrogenase activity, and the possible electrochemical reactions.

This is the second of three papers of this series, the first of which was published in December, 2007, on the subject of Trends and developments in microbiologically-induced corrosion in the oil and gas industry. The final paper, to be published in our June issue, looks at microbiologically-induced corrosion in the oil industry and the impact of mitigation programmes.

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