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Activity title

Environmentally Compliant Materials & Processes for Military Vehicles

Activity Reference

AVT-247

Panel

Applied Vehicle Technology

Security Classification

NATO UNCLASSIFIED

Status

Active

Activity type

RTG

Start date

2016

End date

2018

Keywords

Coatings, Environmental Compliance, Maintenance, Materials, Military Vehicles, Regulations, Repair

Background

Growing public awareness supported by scientific evidence led to global regulations, such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) that practically exclude the future use of many materials/processes, including electroplated hard chrome and cadmium. These protective coatings, despite excellent technical performance and low deposition costs, are being phased-out from industrial usage because of the serious health and environmental hazards they present. The general industry has been working under severe environmental restriction for years, with military applications being exempted. However, mounting legislative pressure and logistic issues affecting global availability of materials and services are forcing the military to adapt and look for viable alternatives.

Objectives

Review materials and processes utilized in repair and maintenance (R&M) of military assets in all three domains of land, marine and air, determine areas that need to be addressed and provide guidelines on environmentally compliant solutions.

Topics

• Environmentally compliant materials and processes. • Cleaning solvents. • Materials for repair of legacy systems. • Mitigation strategies developed to date. • Legislative and human health issues (link to HFM).

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