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Airbus Exclusive Webinar on Coreflow

Webinars 26 April 2021

Airbus Exclusive Webinar: CoreFlow and its potential use in Integrated Thermal Management Systems 


The solid state process is a development of friction stir welding which allows for sub-surface networks to be integrated into structures. This revolutionary new technology already has potential uses in heat exchangers and cooling systems as well as for integrated fluid management and light-weighting.

Allowing for a range of applications from heat exchangers, battery cases, motors to inverter housings this newly developed technique can help designers include channels for fluids and wires using methods that have not been possible before using simple machine tools/This exclusive webinar introduces the new technique as well as explaining how it can be beneficial to industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to IT, communication and beyond.

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

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.

João Gandra - Principal Project Leader – Friction and Forge Processes

João Gandra

Principal Project Leader – Friction and Forge Processes

João specialises in friction welding processes, including Friction Stir Welding. His current role is to support TWI Member companies seeking to adopt these technologies to manufacture new or existing products. He acts as a consultant during product development, design-for-manufacturing, prototyping, technology transfer and continuous improvement. Most of his experience was gathered in the aerospace, rail and automotive sectors. Before joining TWI, João completed a PhD in Manufacturing and Industrial Management at the Technical University of Lisbon, where he also worked as part-time lecturer and researcher. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and conference papers, actively participating in international standards committees like the ISO 25239 for Friction Stir Welding.

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