The Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is a United States Army Corps of Engineers research and development organization created in 1999 from the consolidation of seven pre-existing Corps laboratories: The Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory, the Environmental Laboratory, the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, the Information Technology Laboratory, the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, and the Topographic Engineering Center. The consolidation was undertaken in hopes of gaining efficiency and savings from a more compact research organization. The main campus of ERDC is the grounds of the former U.S. Army Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with many affiliated locations also hosting ERDC facilities. The most notable of these affiliated locations are Champaign, Illinois (home of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory), Hanover, New Hampshire (Home of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory), and Alexandria, Virginia (Home of the Geospatial Research Laboratory, the Topographic Engineering Center’s successor).

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  • Energy Conservation and Air Toxic Compliance Plan for Department of Defense Industrial Facilities 

    Lin, Mike C. J.; Northup, Jearldine I.; Savoie, Martin J.; Lorand, Robert; Smith, Walter P.; Landsburger, Sheldon; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Defense Energy Program Policy Memorandum 91-2, Executive Orders 12759 and 12902, and the Clean Air Act Amendments all impact Department of Defense (DOD) facility operations. Because most of the technologies used by DOD ...
  • Evaluating Gas-Fueled Cooling Technologies for Application at Army Installations 

    Cler, Gerald L.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-11)
    Electric consumption at DOD fixed facilities accounts for about one-third of the energy consumed, but about two-thirds of the total fixed facility energy expenditures and 30 to 60 percent of the total electric bill, primarily ...
  • Advanced Central Energy Plant Operations and Maintenance : A Summary of Current Technologies 

    Dilks, Christopher L; Bowman, Lyndell.; Brewer, Michael K.; Moshage, Ralph.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    At Army central energy plants (CEPs), demands on maintenance personnel often grow faster than operation and maintenance (O&M) budgets. CEPs typically employ aging equipment, or are renewed with improved (but increasingly ...
  • Preliminary Investigation of Small Scale Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) Systems 

    Schwartz, J.; Burkhardt, Earle Edmund.; Taylor, William R.; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Most Army installations purchase electricity from local utilities and pay an additional charge for peak demand. If the peak demand can be reduced, installations can realize significant cost savings. This research investigated ...
  • Simulated vehicle decontamination and field evaluation of the Decontamination Effluent Treatment System (DETS), 27 June 2017, and associated background studies 

    Medina, Victor F.; Waisner, Scott A.; Martinez-Guerra, Edith, 1989-; Johnson, Jared L.; Brame, Jonathon A.; Gao, Elizabeth J.; Page, Martin A. (Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    A technical evaluation of a capability to treat and/or recycle the effluent from the Army’s aqueous based chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) decontamination operations was conducted on 26–28 June 2017 ...
  • Enhancement of the Central Heating Plant Economic Evaluation Program (CHPECON) 

    Lin, Mike C. J.; Kinast, John; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    Fiscal year 1986 Defense Appropriations Act (PL-99-190) Section 8 I I 0 directs the Department of Defense (DOD) to implement the rehabilitation and conversion of central heating plants to coal firing, where a cost benefit ...
  • A Test of Circuit Breakers Under Harmonic Loading Conditions 

    Estrada, Tony; Briggs, Steve J.; Khosla, Naresh; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1995-11)
    Harmonic currents in Army installation power systems can cause voltage distortion, overheating of system components, and load disruption. The U.S. Army Center for Public Works also has periodically received reports of ...
  • Abatement of Hazardous Air Pollutant Emmissions from Army Chromium Electroplating and Anodizing Operations 

    Hay, K. James; Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.) (Construction Engineering Research Laboratories (U.S.), 1996-01)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates chromium air emissions generated from chromium electroplatingand anodizing operations. The compliance deadline for hard chromium electroplating and anodizing is 25 January ...
  • Multi-fuel combustion technology for water heating with waste oil 

    Lindstrom, Joel.; Lux, Scott M. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-09)
    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), AK generates several thousand gallons of used vegetable oil (UVO) annually and expends over $10,000 annually to dispose of this waste. Shipping excess UVO over long distances for ...
  • Corps Shoaling Analysis Tool : predicting channel shoaling 

    Dunkin, Lauren M.; Coe, Lauren.; Ratcliff, Jay J. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This report provides background and additional applications of using the Corps Shoaling Analysis Tool (CSAT) and the various output files generated. The CSAT calculates channel shoaling volumes using historical channel ...
  • Little Rock Air Force Base aggregate and concrete testing 

    Shannon, Jameson D. (Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    The Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) tasked the ERDC to test and evaluate a concrete mixture design and the aggregates used therein. Experimentation consisted of basic aggregate test methods such as gradation, specific ...
  • High efficiency dehumidification system 

    Duncan, Scot M.; Chu, Dahtzen. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-08)
    The current “industry standard” method to control relative humidity (RH) and biological growth involves sub-cooling air to condense moisture out of the air, then reheating the same air that was just sub-cooled to reduce ...
  • An interagency collaboration to identify federal resilience factors for the U.S. Marine Transportation System 

    Touzinsky, Katherine Flynn.; Knapp, Lauren.; Renaud, Alex. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) presents the results from an interagency collaboration within the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) and its Marine Transportation System ...
  • Profiling and optimization of FUNWAVE-TVD on high performance computing (HPC) machines 

    Lam, Michael Y.-H.; Malej, Matt.; Shi, Fengyan.; Ghosh, Koushik. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-06)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering technical note (CHETN) discusses the subject of profiling and optimizing numerical codes that are in operational/production use. Profiling is a technique for evaluating the performance ...
  • Assessing jetty effectiveness via statistical analysis of AIS data 

    Young, David L.; Scully, Brandan. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) describes a pilot study exploring the use of statistical analysis of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to assess the sheltering effectiveness of jetties.
  • Initialization and setup of the Coastal Model Test Bed : integrated bathymetry 

    Young, David L.; Bak, A. Spicer.; Forte, Michael F. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    This Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) introduces the implementation of the integrated bathymetry product in the Coastal Model Test Bed (CMTB). Nearshore numerical models such as CSHORE (Johnson et ...
  • ROOFER™ energy performance assessment and course of action analyses 

    Vance, Samuel J.; Flores-Dávila, Jorge O.; Biswas, Kaushik. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    ROOFER is a condition-assessment tool used by facility mangers to objectively assess roof condition in order to justify repair/replace decisions. Currently however, ROOFER does not account for energy use and sustainability ...
  • Methodology supporting Civil Works implementation of tainter gate trunnion friction structural health monitoring 

    Smith, Matthew D.; Fillmore, Travis B. (Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    The purpose of this Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Technical Note (CHETN) is to provide guidance on the applicability of trunnion friction monitoring at navigation dams with Tainter gates.
  • Corrosion inhibitive hygroscopic organic-based dust palliatives : final report on Project F12-AR11 

    Morefield, Sean W.; Newman, John K.; Weiss, Charles A.; Thomas, Catherine C.; Malone, P. G. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-11)
    Dense airborne dust caused by military ground vehicles is a large, multi-faceted problem for the Department of Defense. One costly aspect of the problem is that fugitive dust and small rocks made airborne by ground vehicles ...
  • Demonstration of dehumidification for corrosion control in earth covered magazines : final report on Project F07-ARCTC02 

    McInerney, Michael K.; Marshall, Orange S.; Gintert, Lawrence A. (Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.), 2018-10)
    Earth-covered magazines (ECMs) are used by the Army to store a wide variety of explosive ordinance. These munitions are subject to corrosion under humid conditions and during heavy rainfall. The objective of this project ...

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