Environmental Impact Minimization
CTC developed and validated a treatment technology for a 1,000,000 gallon per day
nitrate-laden industrial wastewater stream from an industrial manufacturing facility.
We developed a counter-current ion exchange technology, featuring a specialized
resin, for removing problematic nitrates from wastewaters. The pilot-scale achieved
a nitrate removal rate of 99.6%. We worked with the customer to develop a technology
transition plan for full-scale technology implementation.
Efficient & Effective Designs
Our team identified and assessed alternative small caliber ammunition case designs
using different manufacturing techniques. Through software modeling, CTC identified
a technology that allows cases to be customized by application and performance.
The technology eliminates process steps and may require less energy and resources
compared to the manufacture of conventional cases. This alternative case design
also reduces case weight, which lightens a Warfighter’s backpack. Mechanical testing
of the prototype is complete, and cost-effectiveness is being determined prior to
performing field assessments.
Technology Validation and Transition
CTC identified and validated a non-chromium alternative to the sodium dichromate
anodizing sealer used by the Air Force for corrosion and wear protection during
maintenance, repair and overhaul applications. Our evaluation provided performance,
cost and environmental impact data to support the Air Force’s technology transition
Process Modernization & Optimization
Our team is optimizing and implementing an ammonia vapor test, that replaces dangerous
mercurous nitrate testing, to evaluate the susceptibility of stress corrosion cracking,
a material failure. Ammonia vapor testing will ensure that defects in components/parts
will not occur during extended storage. This customer produces over 1,000,000,000
components/parts per year, and deems defects and failures unacceptable. Additionally,
ammonia vapor testing reduces hazardous waste costs and eliminates the use of unsafe