ASETSDefense Workshop 2020

The 8th Workshop on Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense was held virtually, August 4-6, 2020. 

Increased environmental and occupational, safety, and health regulations in the United States and Europe have impacted production and use of chromates, cadmium, and other chemicals in aerospace and defense surface treatment processes. As a result, there is increasing need for environmentally benign alternatives that meet or exceed the performance requirements. This workshop covered all aspects of alternative coatings and surface treatments, with emphasis on performance, service data, approvals and implementation of clean coatings. General sessions included:

  1. DoD Corrosion Policy, Issues, Solutions
  2. Depot perspectives and Mission Readiness
  3. Accelerated Corrosion Testing and Tracking
  4. OEM Technology Development
  5. Additive Manufacturing and Repair

Technical poster sessions fostered one-on-one discussion of projects funded by SERDP-ESTCP, CPO, ONR, SBA, and other commercial and defense organizations. Side meetings were held on topics of specific-importance to attendees for detailed discussion of the performance and implementation of new technologies. 

As in prior workshops, the goal of ASETSDefense 2020 was to exchange information between Department of Defense repair facilities, weapons system manufacturers, research organizations, and chemical and coating formulators concerning options, performance, and implementation of alternatives. 

The presentations and posters from the 2018 workshop are available here.

Meeting: ASETSDefense Workshop 2020

ASETSDefense 2020 Workshop - Session List


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).

Alternatives Quick Links

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.