Microbially Influenced Corrosion in Water Systems

MIC in copper

 

Microbially influenced corrosion can occur in recirculating or once-through drinking water or heating/cooling systems. It can manifest itself in wall perforation due to pitting or seizure of components. It has been found to occur on copper and copper alloys, ferrous metals and aluminium.

The risk of MIC can be virtually eliminated by control of water quality, sterilisation of the system, use of biocides (in non-drinking water systems) and improved system design and operation.

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