ASETSDefense Workshop 2018

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


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

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:

  1. Defense Needs and Approaches, Environmental issues
  2. Progress in Replacement at Depots and OEMs
  3. Issues with New Platforms
  4. Corrosion: Modeling, Prediction, Tracking, Accelerated Corrosion Testing - Joint session with ONR SBA
  5. Structural Repair and Additive Manufacturing
  6. Corrosion and Wear coatings
  7. Vehicles
  8. Localized Repair
  9. Other topics of interest

A poster session was offered to foster 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: 

  1. Navy side meeting (invitation only)
  2. Cd Replacement on Electrical Connections
  3. PFOS Fume Suppressants 
  4. Discussion on Regulatory Issues
  5. Working Group on Corrosion Analysis and Test Methods

As in prior workshops  the goal of ASETSDefense 2018 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. 

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

Meeting: ASETSDefense Workshop 2018

Meeting Registration: Registration Closed

2018 Agenda

2018 Poster List

Hotel: Grand Hyatt Denver, (888) 421-1442 

Deadline for Reservations is July 27th

Block-Dates-Range: Aug 20-23, 2018

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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.