In 2021, SERDP research initiatives aim to identify and develop sustainable field repair technologies for damaged or corroded materials in advanced= generation five and future aircraft composite and metallic structure or components. The following new projects are funded to produce repair technologies for use in the depot, field, or in situ on the defense asset that restore component strength and dimension without compromising chemical and mechanical properties. More
The Department of Defense (DoD) must maintain a continuous effort to characterize, treat, monitor and manage any contaminated groundwater sites under its purview. While many sites have been cleaned up, more complex locations remain. These new SERDP projects aim to improve site management, specifically for groundwater sites impacted by chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), by improving tools and guidance for applying commercially available amendments at DoD sites. More
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the winners of the Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge, which SERDP and ESTCP co-sponsored. This challenge sought proposals for non-thermal technologies and approaches to destroy per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in concentrated aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) without producing any harmful byproducts. More
Energy control systems provide an innovative and cost-effective means to improve efficiency, expand functionality, enhance safety, and increase reliability. The trend, however, to interconnect management and monitoring capabilities through networking technologies has introduced a myriad of cyber vulnerabilities. ESTCP invested in a project to develop an automated, scalable solution for assessing the configuration of military installation energy control systems against Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements. The project is helping identify security weaknesses in critical military infrastructure and securing facilities against cyber-based threats. More
Ammonium nitrate solution (ANSOL), a mixed waste stream byproduct from the production of energetic materials, contains residual explosive content and toxic metals that require it to be treated as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. SERDP is investing in the development of processes to convert ammonium nitrate solution (ANSOL) into useful products. The four efforts detailed in this blog have been selected for funding in 2021 to develop innovative and cost-effective processes for transforming ANSOL. More
In 2021, SERDP aims to improve the understanding of the effectiveness and sustainability of thermal destruction technologies for materials laden with PFAS. The following new SERDP projects address the research goals of assessing the fate and behavior of PFAS and co-occurring chemicals during production and processing of residual product streams from various technologies; improving understanding of PFAS fate during thermal reactivation of GAC; developing a better understanding of incineration on materials of interest; and developing novel or modified sorbents that are more sustainable and less energy intensive. More
The SERDP Munitions Response Program Area has focused investments on identifying cost-effective technologies that can rapidly assess benthic features and ascertain the distribution and concentration of unexploded munitions in areas where the bottom depth is less than 5 meters. A research team lead by Dr. Steven Ackleson at the Naval Research Laboratory is investigating the application of active fluorometric imaging (AFI) for detecting and identifying benthic features of interest. More
Coastal Department of Defense installations are facing changes in sea level and extreme water levels. In response, the DoD-led Coastal Assessment Regional Scenario Working Group developed the DoD Regional Sea Level Database (DRSL) to provide authoritative, scenario driven sea level change information relevant to each coastal installation. The DRSL is now publicly available so that contracted third parties can use the future sea level change information for coastal installation and facilities planning.
SERDP and ESTCP are pleased to announce the 2020 Projects of the Year. This year’s awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to some of DoD’s most significant environmental and installation energy challenges.