Failure Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion  book cover
1st Edition

Failure Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion

ISBN 9780367356804
Published November 8, 2021 by CRC Press
515 Pages 248 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $170.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Failure Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion serves as a complete guide to corrosion failure analysis with an emphasis on the diagnosis of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). By applying the principles of chemistry, microbiology, and metallurgy, readers will be able to reliably determine the mechanistic cause of corrosion damage and failures and select the appropriate methods for mitigating future corrosion incidents.


  • Provides background information on the forensic process, types of data or evidence needed to perform the analysis, industrial case studies, details on the MIC failure analysis process, and protocols for field and lab use
  • Presents up-to-date advances in molecular technologies and their application to corrosion failure investigations
  • Offers specific guidelines for conducting MIC failure analyses and case studies to illustrate their application
  • Examines state-of-the-art information on MIC analytical tools and methods

With authors with expertise in microbiology, corrosion, materials, and failure investigation, this book provides tools for engineers, scientists, and technologists to successfully combat MIC issues.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. History of Failure Analysis for Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion

Thomas R. Jack

2. Review and Gap Analysis of MIC Failure Investigation Methods in Alberta’s Oil and Gas Sector

A.A. Abilio, J. Wolodko, Richard B. Eckert, and Torben Lund Skovhus

3. A Practical Approach to Corrosion Failure Analysis

Richard B. Eckert

4. Analytical Methods for MIC Assessment

Torben Lund Skovhus and Richard B. Eckert

5. Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Mechanisms

Jason S. Lee, Treva T. Brown, and Brenda J. Little

6. Iron to Gas: The Mechanisms behind Methanogen-Induced Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (Mi-MIC) and Their Importance for the Industry and Infrastructure

Sherin Kleinbub, Annie Biwen An-Stepec and Andrea Koerdt

Part II: MIC Failure Analysis Case Studies

7. Failure Investigation of a Leak in the Offshore Water Injection System

Torben Lund Skovhus, Øystein Bjaanes, Bjarte Lillebø, and Jo-Inge Lilleengen

8. Failure Analysis for Internal Corrosion of Crude Oil Transporting Pipelines

Mohita Sharma, Trevor Place, Nicolas Tsesmetzis, and Lisa M. Gieg

9. Failure Analysis of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in Storage Tanks Containing B20 Biodiesel

Bradley S. Stevenson, Blake W. Stamps, James G. Floyd, Caitlin L. Bojanowski, and Wendy J. Goodson

10. Elemental Sulfur Corrosion: A Case Study

Katherine M. Buckingham and Richard B. Eckert

11. MIC Investigation of Stainless Steel Seal Ring Corrosion Failure in a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Vessel

L.L. Machuca, T. Pojtanabuntoeng, S. Salgar-Chaparro, E. Suarez, B. Kinsella, and A. Darwin

12. Failure Analysis of Tubing in an Electrical Submersible Pump Well

A. Harmon, K. Crippen, and S. Leleika

13. Pitting Biocorrosion in Internal Pipeline Welds

Vitor Liduino, João Payão-Filho, Márcia Lutterbach, and Eliana Sérvulo

14. Impact of Metallurgical Properties on Pitting Corrosion in a High-Pressure Seawater Injection Pipeline

Recep Avci, Joseph M. Suflita, Gary Jenneman, and David Hampton

15. Appearance of MIC in Well-Flowlines Producing from a Sour Reservoir

Amer Jarragh, Sandip Anantrao Kuthe, Akhil Jaithlya, Farah Al-Tabbakh, and Israa Mohammad

Part III: MIC in Other Engineered Systems

16. Failure Analysis of Pipe in a Fire Suppression System

A. Harmon, K. Crippen, and S. Leleika

17. Analysis of Field Observations of Severe MIC of FPSO Mooring Chains

Robert E. Melchers and Tim Lee

18. MIC in the Fire Water Sprinkler System at St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

H. Parow, R. Johnsen, and Torben Lund Skovhus

19. Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion in Fire Protection Systems: A Material Problem or a Problem of Microbial Activity?

N. Noël-Hermes and J.W. Klijnstra

Part IV: MIC Failure Analysis Processes and Protocols

20. Determining the Root Cause for Corrosion Failures

Susmitha Purnima Kotu, Katherine M. Buckingham, and Richard B. Eckert

21. MIC Sampling Strategies

T. Zintel

22. Microbiological Sampling and Preservation for Evaluating Microbial Communities in Oilfield and Other Biological Samples Using Molecular Microbiological Methods

Natalie M. Rachel and Lisa M. Gieg

23. Implications of Sampling and Chemistry

Kelly A. Hawboldt, Christina S. Bottaro, Abdulhaqq Ibrahim, Mahsan Basafa, and Angham Saeed

24. Workflow of Transportation, Sampling, and Documentation of Topsides Pipework with a Leak from an Offshore Oil Platform

Torben Lund Skovhus

25. Standards for MIC Management in Engineered Systems

Torben Lund Skovhus and Richard B. Eckert

26. Standard Operating Procedures for Sampling Onshore and Offshore Assets for Genomic, Microbial and Chemical Analyses and/or Experiments

Lisa M. Gieg, Mohita Sharma, Tesfa Haile, Kelly A. Hawboldt, Christina S. Bottaro, Ali Modir, Kathleen Duncan, Trevor Place, Richard B. Eckert, Torben Lund Skovhus, Jennifer Sargent, Thomas R. Jack, and Nuno Fragoso

View More



Richard B. Eckert is Senior Principal Specialist in the Corrosion Management group at DNV in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Much of his work is focused on MIC diagnosis and mitigation in the oil and gas industry in which he has worked for over 40 years.

Torben Lund Skovhus is Docent & Project Manager at VIA University College and CEO at Skovhus BioConsult in Horsens, Denmark. He undertakes applied research on a range of aspects including: industrial microbiology, applied biotechnology, corrosion management, oilfield microbiology, water treatment and safety, reservoir souring, and microbial corrosion.