Project Announcement: Optimizing Integration to Ensure Reliability and Maintainability of Unique Thermomechanical Equipment

The US Department of Defense is partnering with industry and academia to advance the engineering processes and tools necessary to assess and identify requirements needed to install and operate a wide portfolio of thermomechanical testing and prototyping equipment into an existing R&D facility.

Specifically, the objectives of the initiative include:

  • Analyze facility and equipment capabilities, specifications, requirements and identify gaps requiring modification for installation.
  • Develop a preliminary design prototype for equipment installation that optimizes R&D production flow and output, improves equipment and processes performance, reduces maintenance malfunctions, and decreases risk to workers and the environment.
  • Determine equipment specifications for critical process assets including non-destructive examination, melting, casting, plate production, and rod drawing.
  • Analyze workforce and labor planning to determine engineering, project management, and permitting requirements and workflow processes.
  • Determine facility modifications, equipment installation, and processes to ensure they properly meet requirements for installation and operation of testing and prototyping equipment.
  • Mitigate project risks and develop associated risk mitigation plan.
  • Establish a rapid research lane definition to leverage existing facilities and manufacturing processes aligned with the fast learning/delivery expectations.
  • Ensure compliance of facility and utility modifications to local building code, environmental compliance, and safety guidelines.

If you feel your organization has the technical capabilities and would like to be considered for this project, please complete the form below and upload your organization’s technical capabilities statement.

Interested Submissions Due by 3/12/24

We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).