Possible opportunities are available in the following areas:
Design for Recovery, Reuse, Remanufacturing & Recycling (Re-X)
Rapid gathering, identification, sorting, separation, contaminant removal, reprocessing and disposal
Efficient and cost effective technologies for cleaning, component restoration, condition assessment, and reverse logistics
Manufacturing Materials Optimization
Technologies to reduce in-process losses, reuse scrap materials, and utilize secondary feedstocks in manufacturing
Advanced materials involves the selection of the optimum materials and development of analytical methodologies to be used to ensure robust designs, whether they are for military systems or commercial products. The activities also address the nature of failure modes and mechanisms in existing designs and identify means to improve designs, and to mitigate failures with proper consideration of environmental severity, condition-based monitoring, and effective maintenance strategies. Analysis activities involve the modeling of failure mechanisms such as corrosion, relating material degradation as a function of operational and environmental stress.