Scientific Basis for Prevention and Mitigation of Corrosion
  • Long-term funding for corrosion S&T that would make the successful application of research more likely is too low by a factor of three or so.

  • That there is little or no redundancy in corrosion S&T portfolios can be attributed to the diversity of issues and platforms across the various services.

  • Current S&T portfolios are very technology-oriented and appear to be short on the kind of research that brings a better understanding of the science that underlies corrosion.

  • Several S&T areas have no dedicated, consistent S&T program in corrosion.

  • There is adequate communication across the corrosion S&T community, so duplication of efforts is not a problem.

Recommendation 5: Refocus and reinvigorate corrosion S&T portfolios; triple the effective funding in this area (+$20 million). It is estimated that an additional $20 million per year would be required.

The task force estimated the cost for implementing the above five recommendations at approximately $50 million in the first year, assumed to be FY2005. Once the foundations are laid in the first year, additional investment in preventive design in future years is estimated to be $100 million to $150 million per year but is expected to quickly (within 1 or 2 years) be offset by corresponding and larger reductions in O&S.

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