ASETSDefense Workshop 2016: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense

The 6th Workshop on Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense will be held at Shades of Green®, the Armed Forces Recreation Center at the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort, Orlando, FL December 6-8, 2016.

Increased environmental and occupational, safety, and health regulations in the United States and Europe are impacting the use of chromates, cadmium, and other chemicals in aerospace and defense surface treatments. As a result, the need for environmentally benign alternatives that meet or exceed the performance requirements of currently used materials is becoming increasingly acute. This workshop will cover all aspects of alternative coatings and surface treatments including:

  • Chromate-free conversion, passivation and sealing for aluminum, magnesium, and coatings
  • Cadmium alternatives for components, fasteners, and electronics
  • Alternatives to Cd and chromate in weapons system design and depot sustainment
  • Non-chrome, low VOC primers and paint systems, including metal-rich primers
  • Accelerated testing and validation of alternatives

As in previous Workshops, we are planning a poster session to foster one-on-one discussion, and side meetings on topics of particular importance to attendees where the performance and implementation of new technologies can be discussed in detail, such as:

  • LHE ZnNi performance and implementation at Hill AFB and the supply chain
  • A multi-depot project to eliminate Cd and hexavalent chrome from depot operations

As in prior workshops, the goal of ASETSDefense 2016 will be to foster the exchange of information between Department of Defense repair facilities, weapons system manufacturers, research organizations, and chemical and coating formulators and manufacturers concerning options, performance, and implementation of all types of alternatives. A full Agenda will be posted soon

A block-of-rooms have been reserved between Saturday (3-Dec) and Saturday (10 Dec) to offer participants and their families’ added time to explore the area. Guest rooms within the block are secured at the Category 3/TDY rate for standard rooms, and must be secured prior to October-3, 2016 – using group code: 1612USOD. Reservations requested after the cut-off will be taken based on availability.



Advanced Surface Engineering Technologies for a Sustainable Defense – ASETSDefense - is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative sponsored by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). Its objective is to facilitate the implementation of new, environmentally friendly technologies for surface engineering (coatings and surface treatments) by providing ready access to background information and technical data from research, development, test, and evaluation efforts as well as the status of approvals and implementations. ASETSDefense provides defense organizations with information and assistance to improve weapons system performance and life-cycle cost while reducing or eliminating environmental safety and occupational health (ESOH) impacts from coatings and treatment processes that utilize hexavalent chromium (hex chrome, Cr6+, Cr(VI), chromate, chromic acid); coatings that contain cadmium; and coatings that contain volatile organic compounds (VOC).



Surface Engineering Database

Together with SERDP and ESTCP, ASETSDefense has developed a relational database designed with a search capability to provide access to the available information needed to make informed decisions on the use of alternatives to materials and technologies for surface engineering that pose environmental or health hazards. This information includes detailed engineering data, background documents, and information on processes and products that have been validated, authorized, or implemented. For more information and to access the database, click here.