ARL presented 2014 Defense Standardization Program Outstanding Achievement award

May 15, 2015

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • The ARL-led "Aluminum-Based Powders for Cold Spray Deposition Team" developed a new military specification that covers the requirements for procuring aluminum and aluminum-based alloy powders
  • The cold spray process represents leading-edge technology and provides superior performance over conventional technologies
  • The first commercial applications for DOD have emerged out of ARL

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory were recently awarded one of the 2014 Defense Standardization Program (DSP) Outstanding Achievement awards and formally recognized March 25 at an awards ceremony at the Pentagon. Since 1987, the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) has honored individuals and organizations of military departments and defense agencies who achieved, during the prior fiscal year, significant improvements in interoperability, cost reduction, quality, reliability and readiness through standardization.

The ARL-led "Aluminum-Based Powders for Cold Spray Deposition Team," which includes Richard Squillacioti, Victor Champagne, and Dennis Helfritch (contractor) from ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Iris Labuda from Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation, and Aaron Nardi from the United Technologies Research Center, developed a new military specification, MIL-DTL-32495, "Aluminum-Based Powders for Cold Spray Deposition," which covers the requirements for procuring aluminum and aluminum-based alloy powders.

According to Champagne, cold spray is an emerging, environmentally friendly technology for the deposition of protective surfaces, the repair of damaged equipment, and the additive manufacturing of new parts. ARL helped accelerate the development of this technology and established the Center for Cold Spray Research and Development, which is based at the Rodman Laboratories located at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The center is now the focal point of cold-spray research and for the development of numerous approved applications for DOD and industry.

"The cold-spray process represents leading-edge technology and provides superior performance over conventional technologies, such as thermal spray, and enables the government to incorporate cold spray into the technical data package for new system design, as well as for the reclamation of unserviceable parts," said Champagne. "In fact, the first commercial applications for DOD have emerged out of ARL, and because the process has resulted in a variety of high-impact applications, there was a dire need to establish a standardized powder specification for use by DOD and industry. ARL's Center for Cold Spray Research and Development is the most well-equipped, cold-spray facility in the world to accomplish this work.

"ARL's Center for Cold Spray Research and Development contacted the ARL Center for Specifications and Standards, and together they developed a plan to eliminate the void and publish the first detailed specification that covers the requirements for procuring aluminum and aluminum-based alloy powders, MIL-DTL-32495, entitled 'Aluminum-Based Powders for Cold Spray Deposition,'" Champagne continued. "The research and development, as well as the technology transfer (specifications), has brought forth a viable application that is readily available for both commercial and military use throughout all the services."

Champagne said the new specification, since its May 2014 publication, has saved DOD more than $10 million. "The implementation of this specification allows the procurement of noncounterfeit products in our supply chain and reduces the threat of inferior deposits that would otherwise increase the risks of failure and additional costs arising from unnecessary repair," said Champagne. "Cold-spray technology and the powders detailed in MIL-DTL-32495 have many purposes and applications such as restoring worn or badly corroded parts and forming protective coatings. Cold spray has also been used to produce a new class of materials that could not be achieved by conventional ingot metallurgy."

The cold-spray standardization effort was led by Squillacioti and included outlining the specification, coordinating multiple drafts and responding to comments, and overseeing the final review and publication of the document.

"These documents provide significantly improved technical performance, increased operational readiness, enhanced safety, and reduced overall costs, while eliminating the opportunity for inferior products, unacceptable products, and counterfeit products from entering the supply chain," said Squillacioti. "It was a great honor to be recognized again as a winner of the Defense Standardization Program Achievement Awards, said Squillacioti. "ARL teams have won this event nine times in the last seven years! This shows that ARL is committed to specifications and standards, and the work we do here at ARL is considered extremely important to the needs and survival of our Soldiers."

In a recent message to the workforce, ARL's director, Dr. Thomas Russell, said, "When I received word that a team from WMRD was awarded one of the 2014 Defense Standardization Program Outstanding Achievement Awards, I couldn't be more pleased. Please join me in congratulating our ARL researchers Richard Squillacioti, Victor Champagne, and Dr. Dennis Helfritch. To all of you I say, well done!"

 

Last Update / Reviewed: May 15, 2015