As part of the TWI's growing interaction and provision of technical support for the motor sports sector, John Kell, TWI's Road Transport Business Development manager presented a paper at a conference organised by MIA (Motorsport Industry Association). The theme of the conference, held in November 2002 at Qinetiq's facilities in Farnborough, was Transferring technology.
This groundbreaking event examined how technologies and expertise could be shared between motorsport and other high performance engineering industries, such as aerospace, automotive, medical and defence.
Delegates gained valuable insight into how leading motorsport companies such as Renault F1, Prodrive and Xtrac have been able to diversify and market their technologies within other sectors. Similarly, presentations from TWI, BAESYSTEMS, Crompton Technology Group and QinetiQ detailed how their innovations are successfully providing a competitive advantage in modern motor sport.
Areas where TWI provides support to the motor sport industry, include: advanced composite structures; non-destructive testing and design for manufacture; advanced joining techniques; ceramics; nano-composites and sol gel technologies; electronics and sensors development for harsh environment and advanced surface engineering expertise.
TWI's Plastics, Composites and Adhesives Technology Group (PCA) is central to TWI's work on Finite Element Analysis (FEA), mechanical and environmental testing, joint degradation and durability assessment, characterisation of adhesives, non-destructive testing and failure analysis. Support services also extend to training and certification in all aspects of adhesive technology.
With all its experience ,TWI is ideally placed to offer motor sport companies a comprehensive range of services and to provide opportunities for motor sport companies to collaborate with key industries in other sectors. To discuss your requirements, please contact the Road Transport team at firstname.lastname@example.org