Microbial corrosion: Are stainless steels resistant?
26 April 2021
Stainless steels are believed to be very resistant to corrosion, so much that various classes of this ferrous materials are among the immediate remedies against varying forms of corrosion. When it comes to microbial corrosion (MIC), the alloying elements in stainless steels – particularly molybdenum and chromium – are the elements that render these steels MIC-resistant.
However, any factor that could destroy the protective, anti-corrosion film of chromium oxide on the stainless steels will be also detrimental to the steel. In this article, we will briefly mention some situations where stainless steels could become vulnerable to corrosion, and how to properly mitigate it.