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Manual of Biocorrosion

1st Edition

By Hector A. Videla

CRC Press

304 pages

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The Manual of Biocorrosion explains the microbiology, electrochemistry, and surface phenomena involved in biocorrosion and biofouling processes. Written primarily for non-specialists, the information in this manual is practical and offers a comprehensive look at the three components of biocorrosion: the microorganisms, the metal, and the aqueous environment. It also addresses methods for the monitoring, prevention, and control of biocorrosion. The first part of the book covers the fundamental aspects of microbiology, electrochemistry, and biofouling of metal surfaces. The second half describes biocorrosion assessment in the laboratory and the field, the main control and mitigation procedures used, practical case studies, and laboratory methods and formulations.

The Manual of Biocorrosion is the book the industrial sector (water treatment plants, oil refineries, etc.) has been waiting for, providing the basics for implementing prevention, control, and mitigation procedures. In addition, it covers the latest industry trends with discussions of biocide selection, strategies for treating biocorrosion without harming the environment, and the latest monitoring programs. The academic sector will benefit as well from the up-to-date information on mechanisms and recent advances in all biocorrosion aspects and technology. Research trends such as the application of surface analysis techniques and modern electron microscopy, the use of conventional and innovative electrochemical techniques for assessment, and microbial inhibition of corrosion are all considered.


  • 100 illustrations provide you with a visual understanding of the problems and techniques discussed

  • 30 tables give you quick access to data

  • 46 suggested readings provide references on books, conference and workshop proceedings, and special issues of scientific journals and technical publications specifically devoted to biocorrosion and biofouling

  • 454 references offer a wide selection of up-to-date sources on specific subjects

  • Laboratory methods and formulations provide practical information for research and field work

  • Combination of information from a number of specialized fields presents a comprehensive view of biocorrosion

  • Chapters contain a "Key Features" section that summarizes conclusions and highlights key points

  • A glossary of terms presents easy-to-understand explanations of terms used in biocorrosion for the non-specialist
  • Table of Contents



    A Brief Historical Retrospective

    The Microorganisms

    The Metal

    The Aqueous Medium

    A Present Perspective in Biocorrosion

    Biodeterioration and Biodegradation

    Key Features


    Microbiological Aspects


    Classification of Microorganisms

    Cellular Structure

    Microbial Metabolism and Nutrition

    Microbial Growth

    Microorganisms Related to Corrosion Processes

    The Role of Microorganisms in Corrosion

    Key Features


    Biofilms and Biofouling


    Biofouling Formation in Seawater

    The Biofilm and Its Effects

    The Interface and Its Effects

    Innovative High-Resolution Microscopy for Biofilm Observations

    Classic and New Concepts on the Biofilm

    Biofilm-Corrosion Products Interactions

    Two Practical Cases of Biofilm-Corrosion Product Interactions

    Key Features


    Fundamentals of Electrochemistry


    Basic Electrochemical Corrosion

    Classical Mechanisms for Biocorrosion

    Electrochemical Methods to Evaluate Biocorrosion: Pros and Cons

    Key Features


    Corrosion Inhibition by Bacteria


    Microbial Inhibition of Corrosion: Mechanisms

    Key Features


    Detection, Identification, and Monitoring


    Inspection of the Corrosion Failure and Examination of Samples

    Detection and Quantification of Microorganisms

    Monitoring Biocorrosion

    Key Features


    Practical Cases


    Biocorrosion of Carbon Steel in Anaerobic Environments

    Biocorrosion by Iron-Oxidizing Bacteria in Aerobic Environments

    Biocorrosion of Stainless Steel and Other Corrosion-Resistant Alloys in the Marine Environment

    Biocorrosion of Aluminum Alloys in Fuel/Water Systems

    Key Features


    Prevention, Control, and Mitigation


    Preventive Measures

    Control and Mitigation

    Key Features


    Laboratory Methods and Formulations

    Culture Techniques

    Biocide Testing

    Cultivation and Growth of Sulphate-Reducing Bacteria

    Suggested Readings



    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
    SCIENCE / Environmental Science
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply