Fundamentals of MIC and Abiotic Corrosion Failure Analysis 

Richard Eckert

Lead Instructor

Torben Lund Skovhus

Lead Instructor
Course 106
This course contains 95 activities, 55 lectures, >70 downloadable resources, 7 instructor graded assignments and certificate of completion. Over 11 hours of online, self-directed learning. 

What's included?

  • Best practices for corrosion failure analysis
  • Sample planning and preservation
  • Documenting physical conditions including historical changes
  • Characterizing the chemical and microbiological environments
  • Materials and corrosion products
  • Applying state of the art analytic methods including MMM
  • Considering asset design parameters
  • How to integrate data to reach solid conclusions
  • Downloadable resources
  • Expert interviews
  • References to relevant standards 
  • Downloadable lecture notes for each activity
  • Certificate of completion provided at end of course

Increase your understanding

Learn best practices for MIC and corrosion failure investigation, including the chemical, microbiological and metallurgical methods that can be employed. Integration of multiple lines of evidence is emphasized. 

Learn about the latest technology

Molecular methods, such as qPCR and sequencing can provide valuable insights to corrosion and MIC issues when they are performed and interpreted correctly. Learn how to apply the latest MMM technologies in corrosion investigation and assessment.

Apply your new knowledge

Learn to apply your new knowledge in practical case studies. See how multiple lines of evidence are used to diagnose cases of MIC and consider abiotic corrosion mechanisms that are not related to microbiology. 

Solve practical problems

Investigation of corrosion damage and corrosion failures provides important information that can be used to select and optimize corrosion mitigation measures. Proper analysis can also help to select corrosion and biofilm monitoring measures.

Course Lessons

How do it know if it is MIC? 

Diagnosing MIC

Reliable diagnosis of MIC and abiotic corrosion in operating assets or failure analysis of corroded components requires collection of multiple lines of evidence and a careful integration of information about microbiological conditions, the chemical environment, design and operating conditions, and materials and corrosion products. This course presents the best practices related to MIC and abiotic corrosion diagnosis and failure analysis, emphasizing the best practices related to sample collection and preservation, collecting multiple lines of evidence, and integration of evidence to determine the role of microorganisms.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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