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News in brief - July/August 2002


Connect, no. 119, July/August 2002, p.8

4th International symposium on Friction Stir Welding

The Friction Stir Welding Licensees Association (FSWLA) will hold its 4th symposium in Park City Utah on 14-16 May 2003. The meeting will be hosted by Brigham Young University and TWI. The symposium is open to anyone with an interest in this technology. Abstracts summarising high quality and innovative FSW research and development or describing new FSW applications (page maximum) should be sent to Diana Fairmaner, Symposium Administrator at TWI, to arrive by 30 September 2002.

Training and examination for the aerospace industry

Over the years TWI has developed an excellent working relationship with many aerospace companies. As a result, a number of organisations call upon TWI's Training and Examination Service to conduct continuation training for their employees. This has been structured to allow staff to keep up to date with the latest developments within the NDT field and to satisfy airworthiness requirements. ASNT Level III staff within TWI have also been called upon to help Lufthansa Airmotive Ireland prepare NDT manuals and procedures to meet the requirements of engine manufacturers. Further information from Ivan Pinson.

Institute of Rail Welding

The 2nd technical meeting will be held in parallel with the Railtex event at the NEC, Birmingham on 26 and/or 27 November 2002. Following the successful first meeting in April, the objectives are to bring delegates up to date with developments in arc welding and mobile flash butt welding of rails and to indicate future trends in training and qualification of rail welders.

Inspection of resistance spot welds for the automotive industry

TWI Training and Examination Services are responding to an increased need for the provision of ultrasonic courses covering the inspection of spot weld inspection courses covering the inspection of spot welds and adhesive joints for the automotive industry. The spot weld inspection courses have trained staff to become familiar with the procedures used on a daily basis and to distinguish between acceptable welds and unacceptable ones such as those arising from lack of fusion or undersized 'nuggets'. Further information from Ivan Pinson or the Automotive Team .

TWI Awards

At a recent Committee meeting the following awards were made:

Brooker Medal 2001 - Professor Ulrich Dilthey
Sir William J Larke Medal 2001 - W Lucas
Distinguished Service Award - J C Lochhead

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