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Returning by popular demand ...friction stir welding training

Connect, no. 161, July/August 2009, p.6


In response to positive feedback from students of earlier friction stir welding courses another opportunity to learn the pros and cons of FSW is planned for the Autumn.

Since its invention in the early nineties, when it was little more than a laboratory curiosity, to its present position as a major manufacturing process, friction stir has played a key role in manufacturing for more than a decade.

World class makers of trains, planes and automobiles have all benefitted by adopting it. It requires no consumables. It's solid phase. And it possesses great repeatability and mechanical properties.

The course, scheduled for 20-22 October 2009, will feature a mixture of classroom lectures, tutorials and practical demonstrations on TWI's equipment. There will also be opportunities for individuals to meet TWI engineers.

The course agenda will include the process's history, licensing, patents and standards, process fundamentals, process advantages and disadvantages, process control, comparison with other processes, machine technology, tool technology, materials and weld performance issues, quality control, economic benefits, current/planned applications.

By the end of the course, attendees will:

  • understand current FSW technology
  • be able to assess FSW compared to other joining processes
  • have a practical appreciation of different types of FSW equipment and fixturing
  • understand FSW weld parameters/programs and their influence on weld quality
  • appreciate relevant quality control techniques related to FSW

The course is aimed at technicians, engineers and senior managers involved in fabricating metal components, and with an interest in friction stir welding.

To maintain quality standards, comprehension and manageable group sizes, numbers will be strictly limited to 12 students. A comprehensive set of notes will be provided to all attendees.

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