Technology Transfer Workshop to Be Held February 8-10 in New Orleans

Advanced Surface Engineering Technologies for a Sustainable Defense – ASETSDefense – is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative sponsored by SERDP and 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. Technology transfer workshops held approximately every 18 months are central to meeting this objective. ASETSDefense 2011: Sustainable Surface Engineering for Aerospace and Defense will be held February 8-10, 2011, at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

ASETSDefense 2011 will focus on ESOH and life-cycle cost issues relevant to application of surface engineering technologies for the production and sustainment of aerospace and defense systems, including aircraft, vehicles, ships, and electronics. Briefings will present engineering data and discuss practical issues related to implementing new processes. The workshop will be geared toward providing engineering information to authorizing agencies, weapon system program offices, depot engineers, and the commercial supply chain on issues such as:

  • Hexavalent chromium processes, materials, and their alternatives, including hard chrome plating, chromate conversion and sealing, primers, chromic acid anodizing, wash primers, and bond primers
  • Primers, paint systems, and stackups
  • Replacements for cadmium plating, beryllium, and high VOC materials such as topcoats and sealants
  • Specific systems such as landing gear, fasteners, hydraulics, and electrical connectors
  • Development of new corrosion and embrittlement test methods
  • Localized repair and rebuild
  • Technologies developed, approved, or used outside North America
  • Regulations that affect DoD operations and the supply chain, including REACH and the DFARS that will implement the policy as stated in the April 9, 2009 memo from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics on “Minimizing the Use of Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+)” 

As in previous ASETSDefense workshops (see, the emphasis will be on the practical issues of what options are available, successes and failures, what has been approved and implemented, what works best in different situations, gaps in capabilities and knowledge, updates on current projects, and developments in materials, processes, and test methods.

Side meetings will be held on issues of interest to specific groups, including one on the use of databases and computational methods for design and prediction, currently planned for the afternoon of Monday, February 7.

Workshop Details

Draft AgendaRegistration Room Block

Formal and informal discussions are an integral part of these workshops, with opportunities for participants to hold side meetings for discussion of specific technologies and issues. If you would like to recommend a particular topic be covered or set up a side meeting, please send an e-mail to

Space also will be available for a limited number of tabletop displays. There is no charge but advance registration to is required by January 24, 2011.