Microbiologically Induced Corrosion
Combine the basics of microbiology and concepts of corrosion to form your understanding of microbial influenced corrosion. Explore different materials and environments, from soil to oilfields. Discuss risk assessment, monitoring and controls.
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- 20 Jul 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- describe and explain fundamental principles involved in Microbial Influenced Corrosion, including concepts of corrosion and the basics of microbiology
- apply fundamental knowledge to explain Microbial Influenced Corrosion occurring in complex environments
- compare different approaches used in Microbial Influenced Corrosion assessment and monitoring, and interpret the data produced by these approaches
- evaluate a corrosion situation and select appropriate mitigation and control techniques.
- Microbiology Basics
- MIC causative microorganisms and Biofilms
- MIC Mechanisms and effect of materials/alloying elements
- Reservoir souring and MIC in Oilfields
- MIC in freshwater and seawater environments
- MIC in specific environments (soil, atmospheric, storage)
- Diagnosing MIC: Traditional and molecular microbiology methods
- MIC risk assessment models and Monitoring
- Advanced methods and research approaches to study MIC
- Biocides and Chemical treatments
- Coatings and Cathodic protection
- Novel approaches for fouling and MIC control
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
No special requirements
In this subject, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Microbial Influenced Corrosion (MIC), basics of microbiology, microorganisms that cause MIC and biofilm formation. MIC mechanisms on different materials and in different environments focusing on reservoir souring, MIC in oilfields, soil, storage tanks and atmospheric, will be explained. Different MIC behavior in seawater and freshwater will be discussed along with MIC monitoring and assessment techniques, such as traditional and molecular microbiology methods. Students will study various MIC controls including chemical treatments, coating, cathodic protection, and approaches preventing fouling.
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- Presentation (25%)
- Analysis and Review (25%)
- Final Invigilated Examination (50%)
Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry
Torben Lund Skovhus, et.al