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Electrochemical sensors for biofilm and biocorrosion

Abstract

The presence of biofilm modifies the electrochemical properties of the interface and the mass transport near the interface. Two biofilm effects are damageable: the reduction of heat and/or mass transfer and the biocorrosion or microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). Two kinds of electrochemical sensors were developed: the first kind for the biofilm detection and the second one to evaluate the MIC risk. The biofilm detection is obtained by considering either the potential modification of the interface or the mass transport modification. The mass transport modification is analysed by considering the limiting diffusion current measured on a gold electrode where the biofilm development occurs. The MIC risk is evaluated with a sensor composed of two concentric electrodes in the material under investigation (e.g. carbon steel): a small disk electrode in the centre and a large ring. In a first step, a pit is artificially initiated by applying a current through these electrodes. In a second step, the risk factors of MIC are investigated by analysing the free coupling current circulating between these two short-circuited electrodes.

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hal-04219448 , version 1 (27-09-2023)

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Bernard Tribollet. Electrochemical sensors for biofilm and biocorrosion. Materials and Corrosion / Werkstoffe und Korrosion, 2003, 54 (7), pp.527-534. ⟨10.1002/maco.200390116⟩. ⟨hal-04219448⟩
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