Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in Military Environments
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEANOGRAPHY DIV
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MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION MIC designates corrosion due to the presence and activities of microorganisms. Microorganisms can accelerate rates of partial reactions in corrosion processes andor shift the mechanism for corrosion processes andor shift the mechanism for corrosion Ref 1. Most laboratory and field MIC studies have focused on bacterial involvement however, other single-celled organisms, including fungi, can influence corrosion. This article focuses on MIC of military assets and is divided into atmospheric, hydrocarbon and water immersed, and buried environments. Individual mechanisms for MIC are discussed for specific examples. More general discussions of MIC are found in the articles Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion and Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Testing in ASM Handbook, Volume 13A. 2003.
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