Volume 3, No. 1
- Air Force Looks at the Benefits of Using CPCs on F-16 Black Boxes
The F-16 Fighting Falconthe Air Force's premier lightweight fighter aircraftis not invulnerable to corrosion inside its electronics system. Corrosion within "black box" electrical connectors affects the aircraft's mission rate, reliability, and safety. During the 1990s officials at Hill Air Force Base hired Battelle to study and test the effectiveness of specific corrosion prevention compounds on the performance of avionics connectors. This article surveys the results of several projects led by the Air Force and Battelle that identify which lubricants might ensure that "black boxes" perform reliably on the F-16 fleet.
- New Inspection Technology for Warships Enhances Safety and Lowers Costs
Amphibious warships such as the USS Whidbey Island are known for their flexible means of transporting and landing Marines and equipment during war or after a disaster. These vessels feature a flight deck and well deck that can be ballasted and de-ballasted to support landing craft. Recently, the Navy's corrosion experts developed a wireless monitoring system to assess the risk and presence of corrosion in ballast tanks. The Service is testing the new technology on the USS Whidbey Island and two other amphibious assault ships.
- University of Akron and Partners Lay Groundwork for New Degree Programs
A unique plan to expand corrosion curricula in American universities, beginning in Ohio, is being spearheaded by the University of Akron, NACE International, the NACE Foundation, and industry. All four entities are partnering to offer non-credit training and credit courses under the banner of the University of Akron. In addition, the partners are talking about furthering the concept of a four-year corrosion engineering degree that could involve multiple universities.
- DoD Meets with Australia's Defense Science Technology Organization
To further a long-term strategy of international cooperation, representatives from the DoD Corrosion Office and experts on its Corrosion Prevention Integrated Product Team met with members of Australia's Defense Science Technology Organization (DSTO) last November in Hobart, Tasmania. During the meeting DoD Senior Analyst David Erickson briefed DSTO members about broad-based American efforts to address military corrosion.