Engineers throughout the aerospace and defense industry are under constant and increasing pressure to improve corrosion and wear performance of materials while reducing the overall costs of acquisition and lifecycle sustainment. Simultaneously, occupational and environmental safety and health concerns are driving the replacement of the most widely used surface treatments.  Under REACH, European companies are under pressure to assess and manage chemical risk.  U.S. companies and the Department of Defense (DoD) are undertaking similar efforts to eliminate cadmium (Cd) and hexavalent chromium (Cr+6).  Selling and maintaining U.S. weapon systems in Europe means that REACH continues to affect DoD and U.S. original equipment manufacturers (OEM).  While efforts to qualify alternatives continue, Cd and Cr+6 along with other hazardous or toxic materials can still be used in the U.S. with appropriate precautions.

ASETSDefense (Advanced Surface Engineering Technologies for a Sustainable Defense) is a SERDP and ESTCP Initiative that provides engineering resources – and a research database of testing, qualification, and implementation information – to the defense industry.  These workshops provide an opportunity for Design and Sustainment Engineers, Industrial Hygienists, Program or Business Managers, and Policy Makers to share recent developments on testing and implementing sustainable chemical and process alternatives.  Primary focus is given to technical presentations, posters, and discussions, including side meetings for the detailed examination of particularly significant issues.

The 7th ASETSDefense Workshop will be held in Denver Colorado, at the Grand Hyatt, on August 21-23, 2018, and will be held in partnership with the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office.

*Hotel Reservation: Grand Hyatt Denver, (888) 421-1442  
Meeting: Meeting: ASETSDefense Workshop 2018
Block-Dates-Range: Aug 20-22, 2018
Meeting Registration: Register for 2018 ASETSDefense
*Guest rooms must be reserved prior to July 23, 2018

Guest rooms within the hotel room-block are secured at the Category 3/TDY rate for standard rooms and must be reserved prior to July 23, 2018.  Reservations requested after the cut-off will be taken based on availability and the negotiated rate may no longer apply under the Group Name (ASETSDefense Workshop 2018).   

As in previous ASETSDefense Workshops, this meeting will include presentations from U.S. and international partners: Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.  This workshop will cover all aspects of alternative coatings and surface treatments, with emphasis on performance, service data, approvals and implementation of clean coatings:

  • Defense Needs and Approaches to Environmental issues
  • Progress in Replacement Efforts at Depots and OEMs
  • Issues with New Platforms
  • Corrosion: Modeling, Prediction, Tracking, Accelerated Corrosion Testing - Joint session with ONR SBA
  • Structural Repair and Additive Manufacturing
  • Corrosion and Wear coatings
  • Vehicles
  • Localized Repair
  • A more detailed Agenda can be found at

Poster Abstracts may still be submitted HERE.

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