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Airbus Exclusive Webinar

Webinars 21 April 2021

Airbus Exclusive Webinar: Condition Monitoring Research at TWI


Whilst inspection may still be required at manufacture, the use of condition monitoring technologies in service is increasing. This has been made possible through the development of technologies such as sensors that are capable of surviving harsh operational environments, wireless and low-powered acquisition and relay units powered through energy harvesting and intelligent data processing capable of identifying meaningful data. This coupled with the use of AI to process data and digital twins enables predictive maintenance regimes to be implemented and life extensions. This talk will discuss some of the monitoring technologies being developed and employed, deployment and qualification challenges as well as describe some case studies where CM has been used to overcome challenges where periodic inspection is not possible or practicable.

Continuous Professional Development

TWI awards points towards CPD for delegates attending this webinar. Every hour attendance of an event will earn 2 points towards your continuing professional development.

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Meet the team

Ryan Marks - Section Manager, Monitoring and Inspection Research

Ryan Marks

Section Manager, Monitoring and Inspection Research

Ryan is the Section Manager of the Monitoring and Inspection Research Section at TWI. In this role, he is responsible for managing the development of technologies that advance the capabilities of monitoring and inspection technologies in-line with the needs of TWI members and wider industrial needs. This involves the early-stage in-house development at TWI as well as the transfer of technologies from the likes of universities to form practical solutions for the next generation of smart materials and structures.

Ryan has a Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D in Acoustic Emission monitoring from Cardiff University as well as being a Chartered Engineer. Ryan has previously worked for Airbus as a structures design engineer before moving into Condition Monitoring and Non-destructive testing research. Ryan has developed technologies for a range of industries and applications including aerospace, nuclear and wind turbine blades for key customers and through numerous collaborative projects.





Kate Franklin - Senior Project Leader – Friction and Forge Processes

Kate Franklin

Senior Project Leader – Friction and Forge Processes

Kate has a degree in Materials Science and a Ph.D. in Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbine Applications from the University of Birmingham. Kate’s research was undertaken in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Plc and focused on friction welding of nickel super alloys.

Since joining TWI, Kate has led friction welding projects employing a variety of materials for a range of industrial applications. As well as working with clients to research and develop friction welding processes for novel applications, she also considers design for manufacture and joint integrity.

Mr Richard Freeman - Associate Director at TWI Limited

Mr Richard Freeman

Associate Director at TWI Limited

Richard Freeman has also worked in the composites industry (Courtaulds) and served an apprenticeship in the steam turbine industry at NEI Parsons.

He obtained an honours degree in Metallurgy from Sheffield University in 1987, and a PhD in wear and corrosion resistant materials for aircraft actuation systems in 1994, while in full time employment with Lucas Aerospace.

Richard looks after the TWI customer base in the transport sector (aerospace and defence, automotive, rail and ship building) and sits on the AWS D17 committee for welding in the aerospace industry. He is TWI's representative on the Nadcap Welding Task Group, and also represents TWI on the Executive Committee of the UK Titanium Information Group and the UK Offset Strategy Group.

He assists TWI's Professional Division as the Professional Review Interviewer for MWeldI, SenMWeldI and CEng applications.

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