Inhibition of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion.
Annual rept. 1 Oct 94-15 Nov 95,
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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Two polydimethylsiloxane PEG coatings have produced dramatic increases in the abiotic corrosion resistance of 4340 steel in O.6M NaCi solutions. The Coatings were selected based on the mechanical sensing model of microbial attachment and were designed to suppress attachment as well as prevent corrosion. Exposure of the PEGS to marine microorganisms and the estuary waters showed that the degree of colonization by organisms was less on the silicone surfaces than on the untreated metal or rigid surfaces as would be predicted by the mechanical sensing model. A second approach to understanding colonization and determining effective inhibitors considers the metal to play an active role in attracting microorganisms through the release of metal ions corrosion local pH changes corrosion, or by its surface charge character. Preliminary results indicate that a relationship between corrosion, the nutrient quality of the substrate for microorganisms, and microbial colonization may exist.
- *CORROSION RESISTANCE
- *MARINE BIOLOGY
- METHYL RADICALS
- PH FACTOR
- MECHANICAL COMPONENTS
- ABIOTIC PROCESSES
- STATIC ELECTRICITY
- Properties of Metals and Alloys
- Biological Oceanography