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Document ID (ISN)66857
CIS number 96-1088
ISSN - Serial title 0009-286X - Chemie-Ingenieur-Technik
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Flemming H.C.
Title Biofouling and biocorrosion - Effects of undesired biofilms
Original title Biofouling und Biokorrosion - die Folgen unerwŘnschter Biofilme [in German]
Bibliographic information Nov. 1995, Vol.67, No.11, p.1425-1430. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract Microorganisms are capable of growing on the surface of various kinds of equipment and materials. For example, microbial layers called biofilms have been found on heat exchanger surfaces, in dental equipment, on electronic controls and in water conduits. They may interfere with processes such as heat exchange and filtering processes and be the cause of infections such as legionellosis. They can contribute to corrosion. About 20% of all corrosion damage to metals and building materials is attributed to biofilms. The mechanism of microbial corrosion is explained.
Descriptors (primary) corrosion; microorganisms; pathogenic bacteria; heat exchangers; microbial pollution; dental services; public water supply; biological hazards; electric power generation
Descriptors (secondary) chemical processes; process engineering
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Air pollution
Water and sanitation services
Power generation and distribution
Health care services
Environmental pollution