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Marine biofilms on stainless steel: effects, monitoring and prevention

Objective



This project is devoted to the study of marine biofilms, their effects on corrosion behaviour of stainless steels, and their electrochemical monitoring and prevention. The aims of the
project are:

- to enhance the understanding of the mechanisms giving
rise to the biofilm formation and causing corrosion
behaviour on metals in marine use and in particular on
stainless steels;

- to establish the effects of the temperatures (till 40(C) on the biofilm corrosive consequences on stainless
steels;

- to develop monitoring techniques able to signal, in real time and in situ, the biofilm growth and therefore to
rationalize the management of antifouling interventions
in industrial plants;

- to test and assess chemical or biological antifouling
treatments alternative to chlorination, less harmful to
the environment;

- to develop laboratory methods for the rapid and
meaningful selection of stainless steels suitable for
marine applications.

The project will also undertake analytical micrographic
characterization of biofilms by means of electrochemical
measurements such as Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
(EIS), galvanic couplements and with surface techniques such as X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Glow Discharge Spectroscopy (GDS).

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Address
Via Mercanzia 4
16123 Genova
Italy

Participants (6)

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Rue Des Martyrs 17
38054 Grenoble
EniTecnologie S.p.A.
Italy
Address
Via Felice Maritano
20097 Milano - San Donato Milanese
FOUNDATION FOR TECHNICAL AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AT THE NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Norway
Address
1 D,strindveien 4
7465 Trondheim
IFREMER - INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
Address
Technopôle De Brest - Iroise
29280 Plouzane
Institut de Recherches de la Sidérurgie Française
France
Address

57283 Maizières Les Metz
SWEDISH CORROSION INSTITUTE AB
Sweden
Address
101,Kraeftriket 23 A
104 05 Stockholm