Dr. Susmitha Purnima Kotu: About the Author
Corrosion Engineer, DNV GL

Dr. Susmitha Purnima Kotu

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 such as MIC threat assessments and biocide screening and optimization. She has also instructed a course on “Introduction to MIC” at Appalachian Underground Short Course in May 2019.

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July/August 2019 Inspectioneering Journal

A significant number of pipeline failures due to external or internal corrosion have resulted from MIC, some with catastrophic consequences. This article demonstrates a three-step failure analysis process used to investigate the failure mechanism.

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