The Resource Conservation and Resiliency (RCR) team engaged one of its key research communities by participating in the 102nd annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) conference. Dr. Kurt Preston, the recently established RCR Program Manager spoke to over 150 attendees as part of a Federal Research Roundtable.
ESTCP is gearing up for the 2017 Energy Exchange to be held August 15 to 17, 2017 in Tampa, FL. ESTCP’s Energy and Water Program Area funds demonstrations of innovative technologies that improve the energy and water efficiency, enhance the energy security and reduce the operational cost of military installations.
DoD ammunition plants and demilitarization facilities have long relied on open burning (OB) of propellants, open detonation (OD) of explosives, and static firing (SF) of rockets to destroy excess, obsolete, or unserviceable munitions, and energetics materials. These practices are employed as a means to dispose of hazardous materials, manufacturing wastes, and off-specification ordnance where recycling, neutralization, and enclosed destruction pose too great a risk to the material and equipment handlers and are generally not allowed by Department of Transportation regulations.
Projects selected under the FY17 CORE Solicitation to begin in 2017 are now well underway. Several new projects under SERDP and ESTCP are researching and developing technologies for improved strategies for remediating 1,4-dioxane mixed with chlorinated solvents in groundwater.
The Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP) is wrapping up this year so the Resource Conservation and Resiliency team performed a site visit at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The visit included a base orientation on the first day and a stakeholders meeting on the second day.
We are all just back from Fairbanks, AK where we travelled with the SERDP Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Following presentations from the Principal Investigators of three FY17 SERDP new starts, the Board then shifted to a strategy session. This gave each of the Program Managers an opportunity to discuss with the SAB any emerging issues in their Program Areas and outline the FY18 Statements of Need that addressed these issues.
In FY 2016 SERDP initiated three SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) projects in the Munitions Response program area related to penetration modeling of munitions in various soils. In many cases the remedy chosen in munitions response will involve subsurface removal of munitions. Modern geophysical surveying techniques can be used to characterize these sites. However, the most commonly-used electromagnetic induction sensors have a limited depth of detection that is well understood.
PMR-15 is a polyimide resin used to make composite materials for high-temperature applications such as aircraft engine components, rocket casings, engine bypass ducts, nozzle flaps, bushings, bearings, missile fins, structural wing components, and radar domes. PMR-15 is widely regarded as the most-versatile of polyimides, having a balance of processing, mechanical, and thermal properties that meet the widest array of applications. However, 4,4’-methylenedianiline (MDA), a monomer used in this resin system, is a known carcinogen and liver toxin.