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News in brief - November/December 2000

Connect, no. 109, November/December 2000, p.6

5th WJS Conference - New advances in welding processes - the state of the arc

This event will take place on 16-17 May 2001 at TWI, Cambridge. Delegates can:

  • learn about all aspects of arc and non-arc welding/joining process developments, optimisation and exploitation
  • benefit from expert guidance on how to increase productivity and reliability in manufacture including green issues
  • participate in panel discussions
  • have opportunities for networking and see demonstrations of key process developments

There will be an opportunity for companies providing goods and services relevant to the theme of the event to take part in a parallel exhibition. WJS members may also attend the WJS AGM on Wednesday 16 May. Further information and enrolment forms are available from the Meetings Section. E-mail:

FSW succeeds with stainless

In the last issue of Connect we reported TWI's work on friction stir welding of steels. During September the team working on this task was able to produce excellent welds in both 316 and 304 stainless steels. The material thickness was 5mm and over half a metre of welding, the limit of the experimental machine capacity, was accomplished in each grade. These results show that commercial FSW of steel is now a real possibility although more development still remains to be done. Industrial investment through support for this TWI Group Sponsored Project is essential to achieve commercial benefit for industry. To find out more contact Richard Johnson. E-mail:

3rd International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding - call for papers

This event will be held 27 and 28 September 2001 in Kobe, Japan. The symposium will be of interest to a wide range of industry sectors and is open to all persons with an interest in friction stir welding. Abstracts are requested by 31 January 2001 which summarise high quality and innovate research, development or new applications. For more details contact Diana Fairmaner, FSW Licensees Association Secretary, at TWI.

The Richard Weck lecture

This annual event was held on Wednesday 8 November 2000. The subject of the lecture was Trends in welding, cutting and a sustainable world. Reprints are available from Meetings Section at TWI. E-mail:

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