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News in brief - September/October 2000

Connect, no. 108, September/October 2000, p.6

TWI stand at the AWS show in Chicago
TWI stand at the AWS show in Chicago

AWS show

In April this year, TWI travelled to Chicago for the American Welding Society show. The three-day exposition attracted a gratifyingly large number of visitors to the TWI stand which exhibited a wide range of joining technologies and software products with C-spec. TWI would like to thank all its customers for helping to make the show such a success.

The Duke of Edinburgh with Dave Nicholas at the TWI stand
The Duke of Edinburgh with Dave Nicholas at the TWI stand

125 years of engineering

An exhibition was held at Cambridge University this year to celebrate 125 years of the Engineering Department and many local companies with close connections to the university took part. TWI has had close ties to the department for over 50 years since the BWRA took over Abington Hall in 1946. The Duke of Edinburgh, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Welding Institute, opened the event and spent several hours touring the stands. The Duke of Kent also attended the exhibition.

Friction processes symposium

A symposium on friction processes is being held at MIRA on Wednesday 25 October 2000. The event is free of charge. For more details and an enrolment form, please contact Mrs Carole Barker at MIRA, Nuneaton. Tel: +44 (0)24 7635 5445 Fax: +44 (0)24 7635 5050 E-mail: .

Swedish and American conferences joined by friction stir

The successful, and simultaneous, staging of two major events on opposite sides of the world, each featuring Friction Stir Welding (FSW), demonstrated the enormous global importance of this revolutionary, solid state, joining process to manufacturing industry.

The 2nd Friction Stir Welding Symposium in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Aeromat 2000 Conference in Seattle USA were both held between the 27 and 29 of June 2000. They revealed the speed with which industrial companies are now applying FSW technology, invented and patented by TWI in the UK in 1991, to a great range of products.

Extensively covered at both events were: FSW by robot; FSW of copper, titanium, metal matrix composites, and plastics; and applications to repair and reclamation. FSW equipment is now purpose built with sophisticated control of parameters rather than adapted from other machine tools.

TWI currently has licensees in all parts of the world who are using the process and there is no sign of the applications slowing down. The Friction Stir Welding Licensees Association will be sponsoring the next big opportunity to measure the growth of FSW in Japan in September 2001.

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