Investigation into the Susceptibility of Corrosion Resistant Alloys to Biocorrosion
Technical rept. Jun 1993-Jun 1994
STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK DEPT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
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It has long been recognized that sulfate reducing bacteria SRB found in natural and industrial waste waters promote microbiologically influenced corrosion MIC of certain metals and alloys. Corrosion may be enhanced biologically, through direct enzymatic action of the bacteria, or abiotically, as a result of reaction with metabolic byproducts or change in local conditions for example, pH brought about by bacterial activity. In this study, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy XPS is utilized in conjunction with conventional microbiological and quantitative chemical analytical techniques to analyze the effects of localized environmental conditions similar to those found near the surface of a passive stainless steel on the behavior of SRB, and to determine the ability of these bacteria to alter local environmental conditions in such a way as to create conditions that accelerate corrosion. Specifically, the interactions of Fe, Cr, Ni, and mo ions with Desulfovibrio sp. under anoxic conditions were studied in order to determine the influence of passive dissociation products on the extent of sulfate reduction and to determine the resulting speciation of the metal ions and sulfur.
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Properties of Metals and Alloys