Industrial Biofouling

Industrial Biofouling

1st Edition - February 24, 2011

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  • Author: T. Reg Bott
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932606

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Industrial Biofouling discusses the the challenges--and to a lesser extent, the benefits--of biofilms on industrial processing surfaces. It addresses the operating problems caused by establishment and growth of microorganisms, thereby enabling effective equipment design and operation that minimizes biofouling.

Key Features

  • Discusses the chemical and physical control of biofilm growth, with coverage of dosing techniques, equipment cleaning, and cost management
  • Presents methods for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of control techniques
  • Incorporates explicit figures and diagrams to aid in understanding


Chemical engineers, microbiologists, food scientists, biomaterials scientists, water engineers, air conditioning engineers, process engineers, metallurgists, processing equipment manufacturers, producers of biocides and coatings, and safety engineers

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    1. Industrial Biofouling
    1. Introduction
    2. Fluid Flow, Mass and Heat Transfer
    2.1. Introduction
    2.2. Fluid Flow
    2.3. Mass Transfer
    2.4. Heat Transfer
    2.5. Concluding Remarks
    3. Biofilms
    3.1. Introduction
    3.2. Microbiology
    3.3. Biofilms
    3.4. Requirements for Microbial Growth
    3.5. The Importance of Surfaces
    3.6. Adhesion of Microbial Cells to Surfaces
    3.7. Interacting Forces
    3.8. The Influence of Adsorbed Layers
    3.9. The Physical Quality of the Surface
    3.10. Industrial Conditions
    3.11. The Establishment of Biofilms in Summary
    3.12. The Influence of Other Fouling Mechanisms
    3.13. Particle/Biofilm Interactions
    3.14. The Growth of Biofilms
    3.15. Structure and Stability of Biofilms
    3.16. Biofouling Modelling
    3.17. Biofilms and Corrosion
    3.18. The Cost of Biofouling
    3.19. Concluding Remarks
    4. Biofouling Control
    4.1. Introduction
    4.2. Chemical Control
    4.3. Physical Methods of Control
    4.4. Potential physical techniques for biofouling control
    4.5. Combined Use of Physical and Chemical Techniques
    4.6. Potential Combined Physical and Chemical Control—concluding Remarks
    5. Cleaning Off-line
    5.1. Introduction
    5.2. Application of Cleaning Technologies
    5.3. Concluding Remarks on Off-line Cleaning
    6. Biofouling Monitoring
    6.1. Introduction
    6.2. Off-line Monitoring
    6.3. Process Plant Monitoring
    6.4. Monitoring in the Laboratory
    6.5. Biofouling Measurement Techniques
    6.6. The Accuracy of Test Data
    6.7. Concluding Remarks
    7. Biofilms in Industry
    7.1. Introduction
    7.2. The Water Industry
    7.3. Food Industry
    7.4. Paper Manufacture
    7.5. Cooling Water
    7.6. The problem of Legionella pneumophila
    8. Concluding Remarks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: February 24, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932606

About the Author

T. Reg Bott

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Chemical Engineering, the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK

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