Aerobic Bacteria

Definition - What does Aerobic Bacteria mean?

Aerobic Bacteria is a type of bacteria that grows in fuel systems when there is favorable conditions. If the bacterial growth is left undetected or untreated, it may lead to the degradation of the fuel quality and corrosion of the fuel system. The bacteria forms a film to absorb the oxygen that oxidizes their food and allows anaerobic bacteria, also known as sulfate reducing bacteria, to grow. It is capable of converting iron from ferrous state to ferric state. It also forms highly insoluble hydroxide which damages the formation.

Petropedia explains Aerobic Bacteria

Bacteria have the tendency to reduce the quality of fuel extracted from the earths subsurface or deep below the sea-bed. Aerobic Bacteria grows in the fuel system under suitable conditions that cause the degradation of the fuel quality and to some extend it leads to the corrosion of the complete system. The bacteria should never be left untreated or undetected; to ensure this, proper monitoring of the system is required. So as to prevent and remove bacteria and their growth in the system, water is removed from the wells or tanks, treated and filtered with biocide additives.

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