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HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates his scholars' success

Connect, no. 167, July/August 2010, p.1

HRH Prince of Wales with Sri Naga Pavan Addepalli and Professor Rod Thomas Photo courtesy Rhys Webber
HRH Prince of Wales with Sri Naga Pavan Addepalli and Professor Rod Thomas Photo courtesy Rhys Webber

HRH Prince of Wales, Chancellor of the University of Wales, welcomed Prince of Wales Innovation Scholars and their company representatives to his official Welsh residence in Llwynywermod, West Wales, in celebration of the project's success on 2 July 2010.

A Clarence House spokesperson commented: 'The Prince of Wales was delighted to meet the first group of participants from The Prince of Wales Innovation Scholars programme following the launch of the project last year. His Royal Highness was keen to hear of the scholars' progress through their work with the University of Wales Global Academy.'

POWIS is a partly EU-funded scholarship project which places a world class scholar in a company for a period of three years, during which time they undertake research and development on any aspect of the company's work; whether that is to improve the company's products and services, their internal processes or the way that they interact with other companies.

Sri Naga Pavan Addepalli is our TWI POWIS Scholar under the supervision of Professor Rod Thomas, who is responsible for Thermographic Inspection training at TWI. They are both based at TWI NDT Validation Centre (Wales), Port Talbot.

The TWI project deals with adopting and developing the latest non-contact infrared thermographic technology to identify various failure modes of complex aerospace composite materials and establish thermography as a new NDT technology. TWI through its Training & Examination service has also developed new Thermographic Inspection Training Courses. One of the advantages of this technology is that it is able to investigate relatively large surface areas quickly and efficiently. This is of particular significance to the aerospace industry where the kissing bond phenomena is of major concern and is a focus of this research.

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