by Joseph C. Dean, P.E., and Ron Nolte, for the Director, Corrosion Policy & Oversight (DCPO), (DASD) [Materiel Readiness]
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As new technologies evolve, aggressively updating the criteria knowledge base is essential to achieving reduced life–cycle costs. Discoveries of new cost-saving CPC technologies occur as a result of the combined efforts of industry, academia, and DoD cooperating to achieve winning solutions. Corrosion Policy and Oversight (CPO) Office (DASD (MR)) – sponsored facilities research programs include Test and Evaluation (T&E) Projects cost–shared with the Military Services. Collaboration with the Engineering Senior Executive Panel, the Unified Facilities Coordinating Panel, and the Discipline Working Group (DWG) to share CPC Knowledge & Update/Upgrade Criteria & Guidance on the Whole Building Design Guide has resulted in a robust technology transition program into criteria (e.g., UFCs and UFGSs).
The Service Corrosion Executives collaborate with the respective Military Service Facilities organizations (Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC), and Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC)) to identify, evaluate and submit projects to D, CPO (Director, Corrosion Policy and Oversight) for review and ranking in preparation for selection, approval and funding.
These technology research projects for facilities incorporate an active demonstration program for CPC-focused materials, equipment, and processes. The transition of successful technology demonstration projects into criteria ensures that DoD components and participating organizations can leverage current corrosion guidance and technologies. If the technology is deemed appropriate for transition into criteria based upon the T&E project findings, it may be submitted to the UFC Coordinating Panel and the appropriate Discipline Working Group for further assessment. Only the most proven technologies will actually be incorporated into criteria.
It should be noted that DoD can only provide demonstration projects on a small portion of emerging technologies and relies on industry and the private sector to validate and demonstrate the life cycle cost effectiveness of many technologies. Projects are often selected to fulfill a need or gap, to improve on current technologies, and to improve DoD readiness and facility availability. Life cycle costs and maintainability are key factors for transition into DoD criteria. In general, the technology should be available from multiple sources and not be proprietary.
Figure 1 illustrates the process from candidate project submission, to test and evaluation, to transition into criteria (UFC, UFGS).
The Corrosion-Related D, CPO and Other Organization Funded RDT&E Facilities CPC Projects Table provides project overview and details of this research, many of which are either transitioning into or incorporated into criteria.
General Topics include (note that this is not a complete list):
- Cathodic Protection (CP)
- Paints and Coatings
- Concrete & Masonry Technologies (e.g., chloride extraction, corrosion inhibitors, repairs, alkali silica reaction, waterproofing, heat resistance, etc.)
- Petroleum Oil and Lubricant Pipeline Distribution and Storage (e.g., sensors, coatings, integrity evaluations, leak detection)
- Assessment Technologies, Software & Information Management, and Standards
- Materials Evaluations, Processes, & Issues
- Pump Materials & Components
- Microbial Influenced Corrosion
- Corrosion Sensors & Remote Monitoring
- De-watering Systems & De-humidification
- Bridge Evaluations & Materials
- Fire Suppression & Fire Hydrants
- Mold Issues
- Water Treatment & Wastewater Treatment
- Unified Facilities Criteria Program
- Unified Facilities Guide Specifications
- Unified Facilities Criteria