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Materials 2017, 10(9), 1036; doi:10.3390/ma10091036

Copper Corrosion and Biocorrosion Events in Premise Plumbing

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Departamento de Ingeniería Hidráulica y Ambiental, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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CEDEUS, Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago 7941169, Chile
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Received: 12 July 2017 / Revised: 20 August 2017 / Accepted: 30 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
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Abstract

Corrosion of copper pipes may release high amounts of copper into the water, exceeding the maximum concentration of copper for drinking water standards. Typically, the events with the highest release of copper into drinking water are related to the presence of biofilms. This article reviews this phenomenon, focusing on copper ingestion and its health impacts, the physicochemical mechanisms and the microbial involvement on copper release, the techniques used to describe and understand this phenomenon, and the hydrodynamic effects. A conceptual model is proposed and the mathematical models are reviewed. View Full-Text
Keywords: copper; corrosion; biocorrosion; drinking water; premise plumbing; MIC copper; corrosion; biocorrosion; drinking water; premise plumbing; MIC
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Vargas, I.T.; Fischer, D.A.; Alsina, M.A.; Pavissich, J.P.; Pastén, P.A.; Pizarro, G.E. Copper Corrosion and Biocorrosion Events in Premise Plumbing. Materials 2017, 10, 1036.

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