1st Edition

Manual of Biocorrosion

By Hector A. Videla Copyright 1996

    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
  • Introduction
    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


    HectorA. Videla