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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.

2023 TOP TEN Projects, in order of voting:
1. 23-07 System-Level Fatigue Reliability Assessment
2. 23-06 Structural Integrity Assessment of Tanks and Adjacent Hull Structures for Alternative Fuels
3. 23-10 Design and In-Service Considerations of Aluminum Sensitization on High Speed Vessel
4. 23-13 Recommendations for the use of Thermoplastics as Hull Materials on Small Passenger Vessels
5. 23-03 Advanced Fiber Optic Sensing Technologies for Ship Hull Structural Monitoring
6. 23-09 Failure Characteristics of Ship Structural Steels and Members at Cold Temperatures and Cryogenic Condition with High Strain Rates
7. 23-02 Exploring the Feasibility of Applying Methods from the Pipeline and Pressure Vessel Industries to Marine Vessels Using/Transporting Alternative Fuels
8. 23-12 In Situ Digital Repair of Sensitized Aluminum Structures in Marine Environments
9. 23-04 Evaluation of Fire-Damaged Composite Materials with Commercially Available Flame Retardants
10. 23-11 Innovative and Adaptable Metrology, NDT, and Process Monitoring for Metal Additive Manufacturing Parts in Ship Structures

2024 Project Solicitation Information:
Last Updated 01/18/2024