May 2005


Understanding microbiologically influenced corrosion


LORAINE A. HUCHLER, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR       Comments? Write: Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) describes corrosion caused by acidic byproducts from the metabolic activity of biological organisms thriving under deposits. In refinery and petrochemical plants, MIC is a common cause of waterside corrosion and failure of heat exchangers, and it often occurs in combination with abiotic corrosion processes. The actual mechanisms of many MIC processes are complex and

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