Winter is a busy time at SERDP and ESTCP. The FY 2016 solicitations are moving along and we are in the midst of our review of ongoing projects. Here is a quick overview of some of our key, ongoing efforts. More

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SERDP has selected a suite of projects to examine the impact of several natural processes on the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater. Ultimately, the goal of this combined research effort is to quantify the long term impacts of natural processes on contaminants in groundwater and to estimate the resulting contaminant attenuation rate. More 


A new report, Infrastructure Damage/Fragility Models and Data Quality Issues Associated with Department of Defense Climate Vulnerability and Impact Assessment, issued by SERDP reviews models and data needed to support climate change vulnerability and impact assessments of infrastructure assets located at military installations. This report assesses the availability, quality, and usefulness of two types of information to support assessments: (1) damage and fragility information, and (2) topographic, bathymetric, and infrastructure asset data. More


An innovative sensor system, demonstrated in a series of ESTCP-funded studies by Dr. Steinhurst and Mr. Harbaugh of Nova Research and Dr. Bell of Leidos Inc., could save DoD billions of dollars by dramatically increasing the efficiency of munitions response actions at former testing and training ranges around the country.  More


Mr. Ruben Prado and Mr. John Benfer of NAVAIR Jacksonville demonstrated that nanocrystalline cobalt-phosphorus (nCoP) meets the majority of acceptance criteria for coating quality, adhesion, fatigue, corrosion, hydrogen embrittlement, fluid compatibility, wear, and impact testing for a wide variety of applications. Based on testing to date, the team anticipates that nCoP will be widely specified per MIL-DTL-32502 as a hard chrome alternative. More


To help DoD comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandate to conduct energy audits on 25% of covered facilities annually, ESTCP funded FirstFuel Software to show the impact of conducting “touchless” energy audits. Traditional energy audits involve experts who review building records, do a thorough hands-on assessment of building systems and compile a detailed report with recommendations to implement energy conservation measures.  More


Working concurrently on two ESTCP projects, Dr. Thomas McHugh of GSI Environmental Inc. and his team performed a field investigation to validate the use of compound-specific stable isotope analysis as a method to distinguish between vapor intrusion and indoor sources of VOCs, and developed a step-by-step protocol that can be used to provide an independent line of evidence to determine whether buildings are impacted by vapor intrusion. The team also investigated the use of on-site analysis using a portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer to allow users to understand the distribution of VOCs in real-time and support identification of the VOC source while in the field. More


Dr. Rob Evans of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution evaluated the impacts of sea-level rise, in conjunction with storms, on the barrier islands fronting Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The study results will inform the modeling of storm impacts as environmental and barrier island conditions change, and they highlight key issues for DoD asset managers to take into account as part of climate-change vulnerability assessments. More


In an important advance in the field of munitions response, Dr. Laurens Beran and his team at Black Tusk Geophysics have developed decision support and planning tools that will facilitate the adoption of new, cost-effective technologies. Dr. Beran has developed a tool to predict the response of the advanced sensors to a given munition as a function of depth. Coupled with the measured background noise at a site, this will allow site teams to quantitatively predict the depths to which munitions expected at the site can be detected and reliably classified. More


Mr. Scott Grendahl of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and his team used a three-phase design of experiments approach to investigate the hydrogen re-embrittlement effects of common aviation maintenance chemicals and coatings. A major benefit of this research will be the removal of implementation hurdles related to hydrogen embrittlement for alternative chemicals and coatings, easing the restriction in the aviation community on the use of alternatives and expanding their applications on high strength steel.  More

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