Corrosion and Water Testing

Corrosion and Water Testing

We have extensive experience with water and environmental sector testing and have worked with various industrial, commercial and public-sector bodies to test and evaluate such things as: 

  • Broad spectrum biocides
  • Potable water
  • Borehole water
  • Industrial water
  • Antimicrobial paints
  • Antifouling products
  • Wastewater systems
  • Water cooling systems
  • Non-sterile manufacturing water systems

We offer a range of test methodologies including:

  • Contaminant identification
  • Pathogen or specific organism detection and isolation
  • Bioburden assessment
  • Total viable count (TVC)
  • Total viable yeast count
  • Environmental monitoring
  • ASTM G29-96: Standard practice for determining algal resistance of plastic films

In addition to customer specific test methods, we offer a wide range of British, European and International Standards (BS EN ISO) and American standards for Testing and Materials (ASTM) tests.

Biofouling and Corrosion Testing

We have extensive expertise in biofouling and the microbially-influenced corrosion (MIC) of materials – a common cause of failure in engineered systems. We test on behalf of utilities companies for the protection of drinking water pipes; the food and beverage industry; the oil and gas sector and for shipping and structures in the marine environment.

In engineered systems, premature failure of equipment is generally due to MIC – a consequence of the growth and proliferation of biofilms. When microorganisms grow within a biofilm they are tolerant to routinely used biocides, and therefore, the monitoring and detection of biofilms should be routine in any engineered system.

Our expertise and skills in biofouling and MIC have been employed to research corrosion in areas including:

  • Hospital, industrial and drinking-water pipework
  • Oil pipeline systems
  • Structures in the marine environment

Examples of testing performed for clients in the water industry include:

  • Biofilm detection and control in plumbing systems
  • Biofilm control on stainless steel
  • Efficacy of copper on biofilms
  • Coliform detection
  • Total Viable Counts (TVC)
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Microbiological monitoring using settle/contact plates
  • Microbial influenced corrosion detection and identification
  • Metal ion analysis using ICP/MS

 

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