Microbiologically influenced corrosion affects all materials. BAM's research is interdisciplinary and embedded in a global network.

Microbiologically influenced corrosion affects all materials. BAM's research is interdisciplinary and embedded in a global network.

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We develop strategies against microbiologically influenced corrosion

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) describes the negative effect of microorganisms on materials of all kinds - with sometimes considerable consequences for people, technology and the environment.

Numerous areas are affected by MIC today: Wind turbines, important infrastructures such as bridges and port facilities, pipelines for gas, fuel or drinking water, as well as tanks of ships and passenger aircraft.

According to the latest estimates, MIC causes billions of euros worth of damage every year in Germany alone.

Despite extensive efforts, no effective protection is known to date. And according to the latest findings, global warming will significantly increase the damage caused by MIC.

BAM is one of the few scientific institutes in the world to conduct both basic and applied research on MIC in order to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms and develop counterstrategies. BAM has many years of expertise in this field, outstanding laboratory equipment and research infrastructure as well as a large academic and industry network.

With its consistently interdisciplinary research into the topic, BAM is an ideal partner for jointly developing effective strategies against MIC.

Our services and competences

  • Basic research to elucidate the mechanisms of MIC
  • Simulation and further development of natural processes on a laboratory scale
  • Development of modelling and predictive models
  • Analysis of corrosion products
  • Investigation of MIC in caverns for hydrogen storage and in nuclear waste repositories
  • Analysis of MIC in additive manufacturing
  • Recording of important environmental parameters (temperature, pH value, oxygen, sulphide/sulphate content, gas composition etc.) by means of special sensor technology
  • Multi-element single-cell analytics
  • Fluorescence microscopy, e.g. confocal laser scanning microscopy or epifluorescence microscopy
  • Participation in international standardisation and norming

Projects

  • MIC: HI-Tension
  • Mi-MIC: Corrosion products
  • Fungi: weathering of iron silicates
  • MIC in the repository
  • Additive Manufacturing and MIC
  • MIC: Hydrogen storage in salt caverns
  • MIC on welded joints

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Publications

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