The ASETSDefense Workshop for 2018 was concluded on Thursday August-23, with great success.  A total of 221 representatives of over 130 different organizations, including both public (78 participants) and private sector (143 participants), made their way to Denver CO, along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for 3-days to share developments on testing and implementation of sustainable chemical and process alternatives.

ASETSDefense was developed by SERDP and ESTCP as an initiative to provide primary research and engineering resources to the defense industry in support of reducing both costs and associated risks to DoD from corrosion.  The ASETSDefense database also provides technical data that assists researchers, engineers, and program managers to meet the needs of testing, qualification, and implementation of alternatives.

Risks associated with corrosion were highlighted during the meeting: (1) DoD estimates approximately $20.6 billion annually to costs that are directly attributable to corrosion of weapon systems and platforms, support equipment, and facilities[1], and (2) up to 1/3 of non-availability-days are attributable to DoD assets under repair for corrosion, and therefore unavailable for use.

Depicted here are the average percentage of maintenance costs that are directly attributable to corrosion damage across 8-DoD segments.

The workshop included 49 presentations and 26 technical posters across a wide-range of topics that included:

  • Current needs and new approaches to address environmental issues
  • The use of alternatives at Depots and OEMs
  • Accelerated corrosion testing
  • Coatings for corrosion and wear
  • Corrosion modeling and prediction
  • Methods of repair
  • Applying and depainting chrome-free systems
  • Changing regulatory frameworks

Please refer to the final agenda for more information, including session descriptions and specific titles.  Throughout the meeting, the importance of dialog between stakeholders was emphasized by including room for both impromptu side-meetings and pre-scheduled working groups for more detailed examination of significant issues. 

Visit for more information about this and other previous meetings, including links to presentations and access to engineering data.

ASETSDefense Workshop 2018 was approved and supported by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (OASD-AT&L). 

*A full list of workshop attendees has been made available to all registrants.

[1] “Estimated Impact of Corrosion on Cost and Availability of DoD Weapon Systems, FY18 Update.” USD(AT&L). March-2018.