The Role of Microorganisms in Marine Corrosion Processes.
Annual technical rept. no. 2, 1 Jul 82-30 Jun 83,
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA LAB OF MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
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This report describes research into the role of bacteria in marine corrison processes. During the past year we have studied four aspects of biological corrison the mechanisms of attachment of bacteria involved in corrison to metal surfaces, corrison by extremely thermophillic bacteria, anaberobic corrison proceses, and hydrogen embrittlement. Both quantitative and qualitative differences in the attachment microflora were detected on different metal surfaces. Hydrophobicity of the bacteria appears to control specificity of attachment. Extremely thermophillc bacteria appaer to be common on surfaces in contact with hot water. Bacteria are well known as catalysts in anaerobic corrison processes. Bacteria appear to play an important role in hydrogen embrittlement of metals. Bacteria capable of producing large quantities of bacteria are found in microbial biofilms on metal surfaces.
- Biological Oceanography
- Marine Engineering