Role of Fe-Oxidizing Bacteria in Metal Bio-Corrosion in the Marine Environment
Final rept. 1 Jan 2008-31 Mar 2015
BIGELOW LAB FOR OCEAN SCIENCES WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR ME
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The primary objective of this project was to understand the role that the iron-oxidizing bacteria, a unique group of chemolithoautotrophic microbes, play in the corrosion of steel. Despite significant research showing that microbially-induced corrosion MIC is an important contributor to the corrosion and destruction of steel structures, almost no previous work has been done to show what effects Fe-oxidizing bacteria may have on this process. Corrosion is a major issue for the Naval fleet, as well as fixed and floating assets that support fleet operations. Four lines of inquiry were identified in line with the primary objective.
- Properties of Metals and Alloys