• January 13, 2021
    8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Christopher Kagarise and Susmitha Kotu present, “What I Should Know About Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion” on January 13, 2021
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Course Description

  1. Basics of MIC: Why is this an important corrosion threat to consider?
    • Where it is found; internal and external corrosion of pipelines
    • Why it occurs; the role of microorganisms
    • Integrity concerns: Unpredictable and high localized corrosion rates
  2. How to Identify the Threat of MIC
    • Four types of information needed to assess the potential for MIC
    • Tools and methods used to collect the information
    • Factors that promote the occurrence of MIC
  3. Tools and Strategies for Managing MIC
    • The main methods of pipeline corrosion mitigation: cleaning/pigging, chemical treatment, materials and design
    • How to apply mitigation and monitor the effectiveness
    • Common mistakes to avoid

Learning Materials Delivered Electronically
Certificate of Completion awarding 2 PDHs

 Christopher Kagarise, Senior Engineer, DNV GL
 Susmitha Kotu, Corrosion Management, DNV GL


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Instructors’ Bio

Dr. Susmitha Purnima Kotu is an engineer in the corrosion management group with expertise in microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) at DNV GL in Columbus OH, USA. Dr. Kotu received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering along with Safety Engineering certification from Texas A&M University. Before joining DNV GL, Dr. Kotu worked as an intern in the corrosion labs at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and Baker Hughes, a GE company. In her current role, she supports internal corrosion projects with a focus on MIC and microbiology services including MIC threat assessments and biocide screening and optimization. She has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and was awarded a patent in the field of MIC. She has also instructed a course on “Introduction to MIC” at Appalachian Underground Short Course in May 2019 and was an invited speaker for Corrosion and Materials Reliability Symposium organized by NACE Texas A&M University student section in Oct 2019. She serves as a reviewer for scientific articles published in several international journals and NACE CORROSION symposia.

Dr.  Christopher Kagarise is a Senior Engineer in the Corrosion Management group at DNV GL in Dublin, Ohio. Much of his work is directed toward helping oil and gas operators improve the management of internal corrosion in their pipelines and facilities piping. His work has included reviewing and developing internal corrosion management programs, performing corrosion monitoring using extended analysis coupons, developing methods to characterize corrosion on coupons using 3-dimensional surface profilometry, and evaluating the effects of biocides on biofilms. Prior to joining DNV GL he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University with a research focus on the effects of nanoparticles on the flow behaviors of various polymers and fluids.

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