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International Heat Transfer Conference 9

ISSN: 2377-424X (online)
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THE ADHESION OF BIOFILMS TO SELECTED MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION FOR HEAT EXCHANGERS

I. E. C. Mott
School of Chemical Engineering Unviersity of Birmingham, Birmingham Â15 2TT, UK

T. Reg Bott
School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

DOI: 10.1615/IHTC9.1000
pages 21-26

Abstract

The traditional way of controlling the growth of biofilms is by the use of biocides, eg. chlorine. It may be possible however, to reduce the adhesion of bacteria in industrial cooling water systems by careful choice of material of construction. Results are presented showing that certain materials, eg. electropolished stainless steel, fluorinated ethylene polypropylene and glass are less hospitable than stainless steel 316.

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