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Project Selection Procedure

The Committee evaluates and scores project ideas each year based on certain focus areas. Those focus areas are decided based on the interests of the member agencies. The projects that address pertinent issues within focus areas will be scored highest. Of all the projects evaluated, the TOP TEN are published here and represent the pool of projects member agencies can back. Those projects in the TOP TEN that are not funded are automatically added to the pool of ideas for the following year's voting, and the authors will be given a chance to update/revise them as necessary.

The projects that were selected in the most recent voting year are listed below. If you have a project that you would like considered by the Committee, subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates on the solicitation process. Project proposals are typically solicited in the November-January timeframe.

2022 TOP TEN Projects, in order of voting:
1. 22-03 Structural Integrity Assessment of Tanks and Adjacent Hull Structures for Alternative Fuels
2. 22-06 System-Level Fatigue Reliability Assessment
3. 22-05 Predictive Maintenance of Ship Structural Details
4. 22-10 Failure Characteristics of Ship Structural Steels and Members at Cold Temperatures and Cryogenic Condition with High Strain Rates
5. 22-09 Design and In-Service Considerations of Aluminum Sensitization on High Speed Vessel
6. 22-02 Innovative and Adaptable Metrology, NDT, and Process Monitoring for Metal Additive Manufacturing Parts in Ship Structures
7. 22-07 In Situ Digital Repair of Sensitized Aluminum Structures in Marine Environments
8. 22-01 Recommendations for the use of Thermoplastics as Hull Materials on Small Passenger Vessels
9. 22-14 Differences Between Corrosion Fatigue and Fatigue of Corroding Structures to Develop an Understanding of the Impact on Life
10. 22-11 Practical Vessel Corrosion Prevention, Assessment and Coatings Application/Inspection

2023 Project Solicitation Information:
Last Updated 01/18/2023