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Active Projects Objective
Evaluation and Transition of Non-Chromated Primers (ESTCP)
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Demonstration and Validation of Mature Alternatives. Processes and coatings products for which there is already sufficient supporting data will be selected for field demonstration and validation. Newer products qualified to MIL-PRF-23377 Class N and MIL-PRF-85582 Class N fall into this category. Products may require additional coating system tests relevant to the potential application as discussed in the problem statement. Weapon system demonstrations will be led by service representatives and targeted toward high-payoff needs.
NASA/ESA Verification of Hexavalent Chromium Free Coatings
Project Number: NT-1313
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Evaluate and test individual coatings and coating systems as replacements for hexavalent chrome coatings in aerospace applications, primarily for rockets and spacecraft.  This objective will be accomplished by testing promising coatings identified from Phase II of the TEERM Hex-Chrome Free Coating Systems Project as well as several other coating systems that have shown acceptable performance in previous DoD laboratory and atmospheric testing.  Several newly developed and lower TRL materials will also be evaluated during the test program.

Precision Cleaning & Contamination Control Group (PC3)
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To maintain a peer-driven network of individuals, engaged in precision cleaning and contamination control issues, who come together to share their collective knowledge and learn from one another. Members will work together to identify common problems and explore solutions, to develop and implement best practices, and seek to advance the technology.

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Developing Projects Proposed Objective

Infrastructure Resiliency in Remote Environments

NASA and its international space partners rely on mission-critical operations, which are often in remote locations with extreme climate. The remoteness can pose unique risks to operations and required up-time of their utilities and communications. NASA is working with ESA and its international partners to identify respective risks and ensure resiliency is of key importance to NASA and its partners’ missions.

Hexavalent Chromium and Cadmium Plating Alternatives for Electrical Connectors

The use of chromates and cadmium as a corrosion inhibitor is threatened by recently increased environmental regulations. Both OSHA regulations and a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) issued in the Federal Register have placed restrictions on the use of cadmium and chromium.
If developed into an active project, this project would evaluate potential solutions for an application that TEERM has yet to address with its other hex-chrome free coatings projects, but would leverage findings from those projects.

Lower Process Temperature Lead-Free Solders
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To reduce failures associated with pad cratering, it is being proposed that Pb-free solders with lower process temperatures be used during assembly. A 10°C reduction in process temperature would allow for the use of alternative board laminates, laminates capable of withstanding harsh thermal and mechanical stresses, potentially preventing pad cratering failures. The reduced process temperature would also reduce the risk of damaging temperature sensitive components and potentially reduce energy consumption associated with Pb-free manufacturing operations.
Solutions for Increased Operational Security for Critical Infrastructure
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* Partners and specific applications being sought *

Man-made, as well as natural disasters can have profound negative impacts to operational security for critical infrastructure. Various methods exist to protect critical systems from grid power failures through the use of on-site alternative energy generation and various “smart” technologies and management such as fuel cells, micro turbines, solar and other renewable energy sources, energy storage, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), and energy management.

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Completed Projects Objective
Alternative to Nitric Acid Passivation Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program
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Qualify citric acid as a non-hazardous alternative to nitric acid passivation for corrosion protection of stainless steel substrates for military and aerospace operations.
Alternatives to High-VOC Chrome Coatings
Project Number: NT-1303
(C3P Project)
(2004-2007)
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C3P led project to test and implement chrome free low VOC coating systems in aircraft painting operations at TAP Portugal and OGMA – Indústria Aeronáutica de Portugal. 

Coatings Dem/Val at VAFB (UDRI)
Project Number: NT-1311
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Demonstrate/validate environmentally preferable (low-VOC, non-hazardous) coatings technologies for ambient and high temperature applications. Successful completion of this project will result in one or more materials/processes being qualified for use on support equipment, launch structures, test stands, and any other carbon steel structures at Vandenberg Air Force Base servicing DoD, NASA, and commercial launches.
Concentrated Solar Air Conditioning for Buildings
Project Number: NT-4201
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Demonstrate that micro concentrated solar power collectors can be integrated with absorption chillers to provide a renewable energy based source of air conditioning.
Corn Hybrid Polymer Coating Removal
(JG-PP Project)
(2005-2007)
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Evaluate corn based blasting media and determine if it meets stakeholder requirements to remove coatings from select delicate substrates.  
Depainting Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment
Project Number: NT-1102
(AFSPC)
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Conduct an environmental opportunity assessment of the current depainting activities at CCAFS Space Launch Complex 17 and make recommendations for alternative depainting technologies to help limit particulate emissions, reduce waste, and increase worker efficiency.
Development of a Sediment Treating System for PCB Removal Using Green Technology
Project Number: NT-1301
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Utilize impacted sediments/soils in the lab to evaluate a PCB-treating formulation.
Eastern Range Coating Support (UDRI)
Project Number: NT-1310
(2009 - 2011)
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Demonstrate/validate environmentally preferable (low-VOC, non-hazardous) coatings technologies for corrosion protection. Successful completion of this project will result in one or more materials/processes being qualified for use on support equipment, launch structures, test stands, and any other carbon steel structures at Eastern Range locations servicing DoD, NASA, and commercial launches.
Environmentally Preferable Launch Coatings Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program
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Determine the feasibility of environmentally friendly corrosion resistant coatings.  The focus of the project is corrosion resistance and survivability with the goal to reduce the amount of maintenance required to maintain and preserve the performance of launch facilities and ground support equipment.
Gas Dynamic Spray Technology Demonstration
Project Number: NT-1306
(2008 - 2011)
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Demonstrate/validate Gas Dynamic Spray technology for use as a coating and means of repair for thermal spray coatings across NASA and Air Force Space Command facilities and installations.
Hexavalent Chrome Alternatives Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program
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The TEERM Ground Support Development and Operations (GSDO) Program Hexavalent Chrome Alternatives Project will evaluate and test non-chromated coating systems (pretreatment, primer, and topcoat) as replacements for hexavalent chrome coatings currently for use on Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE).

Hexavalent Chrome Free Coating Systems for Aerospace
Project Number: NT-1307
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Test promising coatings identified from TEERM Non-Chrome Coating System Project and several new materials to additional stakeholder identified specifications.  Overall objective of the TEERM Non-Chrome effort is to evaluate and test a fully non-chromated coating system (pretreatment, primer and topcoat) as replacements for hexavalent chrome coatings in aircraft and aerospace applications.
Hexavalent Chrome Free Coatings for Electronics Applications
Project Number: NT-1312
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Test hexavalent chrome free coatings for use on military and aerospace electronics housings, fixtures, chassis and attachments. Testing will encompass a coatings ability to resist corrosion as well as determine EMI/RFI properties.  Beach site corrosion testing will be incorporated as well as launch site testing if applicable. 

Hypergol Fuel Waste Generation Review (AFSPC)
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NASA and AFSPC are evaluating current processes and procedures in place for handling hydrazine(s). The evaluation is investigating the handling of hydrazine(s) from receiving to hazardous waste disposal.
Isocyanate Urethane Replacements on Structural Steel
Project Number: NT-1302
(2003-2007)
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Validate environmentally preferable alternatives to isocyanate urethane coatings for corrosion protection of structural steel.
KSC Hydrogen Fuel Cell Mobile Lighting
Project Number: NT-4202
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Demonstrate a hydrogen fuel cell mobile lighting tower with auxiliary power side-by-side with a diesel powered unit in a hot, humid, and corrosive environment as part of a larger Sandia National Laboratory led Program.
Laser Coating Removal for Ground Support Equipment
Project Number: NT-1203
(2005-2009)
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Demonstrate one or more portable laser technologies for use on Ground Support Equipment (GSE) within NASA.
Laser Coating Removal for Shuttle
Project Number: NT-1202
(2005-2008)
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Demonstrate one or more portable laser technologies for use in Shuttle processing operations, most notably, Orbiter processing.
Launch Coatings Demonstration/Validation Phase 3
Project Number: NT-1308
(2008-2009)
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Determine the feasibility of environmentally friendly heat resistant coatings.  The alternatives must also be commercially available.  The focus of the project is high temperature resistance and survivability with the goal to reduce the amount of maintenance required to maintain and preserve the performance of the launch.
Launch Vehicle Processing Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
(2006-2008)
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Identify new or alternative technologies that may benefit the launch vehicle processing operations at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with side benefit to NASA Kennedy Space Center. 
Lead-Free Solder Body of Knowledge (NASA)
Project Number: NT-1503
(2005)
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Summarize lead-free test data (relative to space environments), analyze risks to NASA, and recommend mitigation strategies.
Lead-Free Solder Testing for High Reliability (Project 1)
Project Number: NT-1501
(2001-2006)
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Conduct solder-joint reliability (laboratory) testing of three LFS alloys on newly manufactured and reworked circuit cards to generate performance data for high-reliability (IPC Class 3) applications.
Life-Cycle Corrosion of Space Vehicles (Lab Testing)
Project Number: NT-1309
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Characterize the life-cycle environment of the various Constellation program elements as they move from production locations to integration locations to launch. Understanding the harshness of the environments, the combined lifecycles of the elements, and what the assembled launch vehicle will be exposed to could lead to a better understanding of the true requirements for the protection from corrosion.
Low VOC Coatings and Depainting Technologies Field Testing Phase 2
Project Number: NT-1305
(2006 - 2009)
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Conduct field demonstrations of environmentally preferable depainting technologies and coatings for corrosion protection of structural steel across NASA and Air Force Space Command. 
Low/No-VOC and Nonchromate Coating System for Support Equipment
(JG-PP  Project)
(1999-2003)
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Identify and qualify environmentally acceptable alternatives to conventional primers and topcoats used for coating support equipment at Department of Defense and NASA facilities that reduce or eliminate the use of hexavalent chromium, lead, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) (such as  MEK and toluene).
Low-Emission Depainting on Steel
Project Number: NT-1201
(2003-2006)
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Validate low-emission surface preparation/depainting technologies for structural steel.
Low-VOC ID Marking
(ESTCP/JGPP Project)
(1998-2003)
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Reduce or eliminating the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) (specifically methyl ethyl ketone [MEK] and toluene).  Identification marking methods addressed include stenciling, silk screening, and stamping.
Membrane Removal of VOCs Phase 2
Project Number: NT-2202
(2006-2009)
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Demonstrate and validate a novel hollow-fiber membrane technology for removing VOCs entrained in process air streams.

NASA and C3P Collaboration on Sustainable Construction Practices (ECOS)
Project Number: NT-7101
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NASA and C3P are leveraging information from the ECOS 1 Project in Portugal to document and assess energy and sustainable construction technologies and best practices of mutual interest for reducing the environmental impact of a building over its entire lifetime, while optimizing its economic viability and the comfort and safety of its occupants. Also see the AssECOS Association.
NASA-DoD Lead-Free Electronics Project (Project 2)
Project Number: NT-1504
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Undertake comprehensive testing to generate reliability data for circuit cards manufactured and reworked with SnPb, lead-free and mixed (lead/lead-free) solder alloys and subjected to rigorous environmental exposure conditions.  This project will provide baseline data for aerospace and defense (high-performance) applications. 
NASA Evaluation of Corn Based Alternative to Plastic Media Blasting for Aerospace Applications
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Leveraging research from a successful prior DoD JG-PP evaluation, evaluate corn based blasting media and determine if it meets stakeholder requirements to remove coatings from select delicate substrates used within the Agency in current and future processes.  
NASA Evaluation of Spent Blast Media as an Alternative Aggregate in Concrete Applications
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Demonstration and evaluation of viability of diverting select non-hazardous spent blast media as an alternative aggregate in specific concrete applications to help meet waste diversion requirements of Executive Order 13514 Sections 2(e) (ii) (iii) and (h). Additionally, EO 13513 Section (h) requiring the advancement of sustainable acquisition to ensure that 95% of new contract actions including task and delivery orders, for products and services, contain recycled content. This was a successful joint pilot-project with KSC Environmental Management Office and KSC Construction of Facilities.

Non-Chrome Primers for Aircraft Exteriors
(JG-PP Project)
(1995-2003)
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Reduce worker exposure to hexavalent chromium and the resulting control measures by identifying and validating nonchromate primers for use on aircraft exterior surfaces that meet performance requirements.
Non-Chrome Coating Systems for Aerospace
Project Number: NT-1304
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Evaluate and test several fully non-chromated coating systems (pretreatment, primer and topcoat) as replacements for hexavalent chrome coatings for use in aircraft and aerospace applications.
Oxygen Cleaning Products
(2007-2008)
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Develop alternatives for Class II ozone depleting substances currently qualified as cleaning agents for oxygen systems and components.
Oxygen Cleaning Products Preliminary Testing
Project Number: NT-1403
(2008-2009)
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Engage academia’s green engineering and environmentally benign design capabilities to overcome existing barriers of using Class II ozone depleting substances as qualified cleaning agents for oxygen systems and related components. 
Oxygen Systems Cleaning
(JG-PP Project)
(1999-2003)
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Validate one or more technologies using non-ozone depleting substances to clean oxygen lines on DoD and NASA aerospace vehicles and at NASA research centers for building maintenance cost avoidance.
Parts Washers
Project Number: NT-1401
(2004-2005)
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Facilitate NASA Centers’ conversion to environmentally friendly alternative parts washers, wherever possible, and to develop a Consumer Guide for alternative cleaners, degreasers and parts washing systems.
Portable Laser Coating Removal
(JG-PP Project)
(2001-2005)
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Demonstrate the feasibility of using a compact, portable, low-powered, handheld laser system for small-area paint removal.
Remediation of trichloroethylene in groundwater by In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO}
(2012)
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TEERM demonstrated that ISCO can be used to augment currently-deployed pump and treat technology to reduce the cost and time required to achieve groundwater remedial goals.
Solder Assessment Study (NASA)
Project Number: NT-1502
(2002-2003)
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Quantify the risk NASA faces as the international electronics market continues to move away from lead-bearing solder alloys for electronics.


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