In this Metagenomics and Physicochemistry of Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MAPOMIC) project, all steel sheet piles (infected or not) are sunk into the sediment of the bed of the watercourse. In order to further the understanding into the occurrence of accelerated low water corrosion (ALWC) infestations, we investigated the ambient sediment environment in which the bacteria associated with ALWC may thrive.
On site water quality sampling
This project commenced in 2013 and ended in 2016.
We took a multi-discipline approach to investigate the occurrence of this phenomenon. The objective was that by further understanding the hydrochemical, geochemical, and sedimentological controls on the proliferation of the bacteria and hence the occurrence of ALWC, methodologies could then be established for reducing or improved controlling of the occurrence of these bacteria.
Corroded steel sheet piles
The project is ongoing and details of the findings and impact will follow.
Preparation of samples for laboratory analysis
Dr Heidi Burgess
Dr Jon Caplin
Dr Martin Smith
To follow on completion of the project
Shoreham Port AuthorityOne partner from the steel industry