The purpose of this network is to bring together scientists and engineers from European industries, research organisations and universities to promote scientific and technological co-operation in order to better understand microbiologically-influenced corrosion (MIC), sometimes termed biocorrosion, phenomena, to assess its’ risk, and to propose effective ways of its’ mitigation. Eleven (11) universities or research organisations, and eleven (11) industries are the present partners. The network is organised into six (6) tasks. Two tasks are linked to the fundamental research areas of biofilms (Task 1) and Corrosion (Task 2). Three tasks are devoted to specific application projects, such as MIC risk assessment (Task 3), MIC mitigation (Task 4) and biofilm and corrosion monitoring (Task 5). One task is devoted to personnel exchanges (Task 6). Task 1 (Biofilms) started to collect and to homogenise methods of assessing MIC. A workshop was devoted to this purpose and personnel exchanges started to transfer knowledge between the different laboratories. Task 2 (Corrosion) performed a survey over field and laboratory experiences with different materials. Furthermore, an analysis of the electrochemical behaviour of material in different systems will be performed. Task 3 (MIC risk assessment) chose “Emergency and cooling water systems” for a risk assessment model. Task 4 (MIC-Mitigation) drafted a state-of-the-art summary about methods currently used in industry and their performance and economical aspects. Task 5 (Biofilm and corrosion monitoring) provided a state-of-the-art overview of monitoring devices. Task 6 (Personnel Exchange) is investigating into the possibilities of effective dissemination of the results to persons outside the network, such as the organisation a summer school.
|Effective start/end date||01/01/1998 → 31/12/2002|