ASETSDefense Workshop 2018: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense

The 7th Workshop on Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense will be held at Grand Hyatt of Denver Colorado, August 21-23, 2018.

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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 will cover all aspects of alternative coatings and surface treatments, with emphasis on performance, service data, approvals and implementation of clean coatings:

  • Aerospace and Defense Needs and Approaches – DoD and OEMs
  • Cd and Chromate Replacement at Depots and OEMs – Ongoing and recently completed RDT&E, service testing, authorization, implementation, including zinc nickel
  • Light Materials – Al, Mg, Be, chromate conversion, anodizing and sealing, new protection approaches
  • Qualifying and Implementing Alternatives – What it takes to bring alternatives to production. Approved alternatives. Test requirements, specs, e.g. TT-C-490 and MIL-STD-889
  • Hard Chrome and Other Wear Coatings –Thermal sprays, electroplates, etc.
  • Localized repair – Brush plating, spray and other depot/field repair methods
  • Chrome-free Paint Systems and Sealants – Zn, Mg and Al-rich primers, Cr-free sealants
  • Paint Stripping, Contamination Control – Including laser and air plasma depaint, dust and fume control for stripping and welding

A poster session will be offered to foster one-on-one discussion (Call for Posters).  Side meetings will be held on topics of specific-importance to attendees for detailed discussion of the performance and implementation of new technologies, such as LHE ZnNi and depot elimination of Cd and Cr6+ (Sign-up to Host a side-meeting).

As in prior workshops  the goal of ASETSDefense 2018 will be 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. 

This Workshop has been approved by Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD-AT&L).  DoD participants who will require this authorization memo can request it by email to


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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.