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Failure Analysis

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) Testing

SGS MSi boasts the largest metallurgical engineering team in the country. Reputed for our expertise in microbial corrosion analysis, our laboratory will help you determine the characteristics of a microbiological presence and recommend preventative measures. 

There are many aerobic and anaerobic bacteria types that cause corrosion in stainless steel, carbon steel and select alloys. Over time, this microbiological induced corrosion (MIC) compromises equipment by leading to pitting and structural damage. At SGS MSi, our team (1) determines whether microorganisms are involved in metal corrosion, (2) identifies what the microbes are feeding on, and (3) recommends measures to restore equipment and prevent future recurrence. Depending upon metal location and exposure, bacteria may feed upon organic compounds or upon the host metal.

A true leader in chemical and biological corrosion analysis for all types of metal grades

Our team of professional engineers have various backgrounds and can provide you expert advice that comes only from years of metallurgical testing experience. They’ve worked across many industries and found that microbial corrosion is often prevalent in the following.

  • Chemical processing (tanks, pipelines, etc.)
  • Petrochemical & gas (tanks and handling systems)
  • Underground pipelines
  • Water & sewage treatment (pipes, tanks and heat exchangers)
  • Marine (ships and vessels)
  • Aviation (fuel tanks)
Microbiological Corrosion Sample

Contact us for more information on our failure analysis services.