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Maturation of Magnesium Solidification Modeling Software Assessment Event

FLEETWERX, in collaboration with NPS and OUSD A&S ICAM Office, is conducting an Assessment Event to find solutions that improve magnesium casting simulation software by conducting a Design of Experiments (DOE) to enhance the prediction and prevention of segregation defects in magnesium gearbox sand castings for multiple DoD programs.


NPS submits unique problems to be solved. As its innovation hub, FLEETWERX utilizes its ecosystem and market research to attract best-of-breed submissions to solve those problems. Subsequently, NPS reviews and selects participants with the highest value to satisfy their needs to enter into Agreement negotiations.


The business objective and imperative for successfully accomplishing this project is to improve the quality and accuracy of magnesium modeling software in predicting and preventing segregation defects in magnesium gearbox sand castings. This will be achieved through a collaborative effort between academic and industry partners, and will have a direct impact on multiple Department of Defense (DoD) programs. The ultimate goal is to enhance the overall performance and reliability of magnesium castings, which are critical components in various military applications. By conducting a Design of Experiments (DOE), the project aims to optimize the thermo-physical data and datasets used by the software, resulting in more accurate and reliable predictions of segregation defects. This will not only improve the overall quality of the castings, but also reduce the time and resources required for testing and validation. Ultimately, the successful completion of this project will have a positive impact on the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and competitiveness of DoD programs that rely on magnesium castings.

Event Updates

Opportunity Announcement

17 April 2024

Objective Strategic Session

30 April 2024

Information "Office Hours" Session(s)

Submission Deadline(s)

Submit NLT 15 May 2024, 11:59 ET


17 April 2024 to 15 May 2024:

White Paper Submissions Open: Interested respondents who could potentially provide expertise/solutions that meet the needs of the Government Stakeholders are to submit one (1) White Paper Submission for Government only review. To submit the White Paper Submission, please follow the submission instructions at the bottom of this event release.

  • 30 April 2024 – Objective Strategic Session (OSS): Potential performers have the opportunity to ask the Government Stakeholders about the desired Maturation of Magnesium Solidification Modeling Software objectives. Government Stakeholders will provide further details in conversation.

15 May 2024 to 22 May 2024:  

Government Review and Downselect: NPS will downselect respondents/submissions with the highest likelihood of satisfying
their needs. All entities will receive a selection or non-selection notification o/a 17May 2024.

May 2024 – Path Forward:

Subsequently, selectees will participate in a discussion
with NPS Subject Matter Investigators (SMIs) to learn more about the scope of
work determined by the Government. Selectees will receive a formal Business-to-
Business (B2B) Agreement and Statement of Effort (SOE) from DEFENSEWERX-
FLEETWERX. Successfully negotiated awards may fall under (but are not limited
to) any combination of these categories:

  • Business-to-Business (B2B) Agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code,
    Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section
  • Alternate mechanism of award/interaction as defined in discussions with

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What is Fleetwerx?

FLEETWERX serves as an innovation platform partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by bringing the best of Government, Industry, and Academia together to grow a national security technology ecosystem to be leveraged by the Fleet and Force.

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