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Airbus Exclusive Webinar on NDE

Webinars 19 May 2021

Airbus Exclusive Webinar: Advanced NDE at TWI


Industry is demanding ever-greater performance from the structures it creates. This usually means increased strength or resistance to degradation, whilst reducing manufacturing costs through reduced material consumption and more efficient production, and reducing the cost of operation by lightweighting, targeted maintenance and extended service life. New materials and joining technologies challenge existing Non-Destructive Evaluation practices, which form a vital part of the quality assurance process. This talk describes some of the new technologies being developed to meet some of these challenges, and to drive down the cost of inspection whilst improving reliability and data quality.

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

Mr Richard Freeman

Associate Director

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.

Prof. Ian Cooper - Technology Fellow - Advanced NDE

Prof. Ian Cooper

Technology Fellow - Advanced NDE

Ian is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in Non-destructive testing (NDT). On joining TWI in 2005 as a principle project leader at the specialist NDT Centre in Port Talbot, he specialised in NDT of composites. More recently, his work has concentrated on advanced NDT methods and automated robotic inspection systems and he was promoted to Technology Fellow in 2015.

A recognised expert in the inspection of composites and other difficult materials, he leads the highly successful IntACOM programme developing rapid automated inspection systems for composites and complex geometries. In 2016 he and co-authors were awarded the John Grimwade Medal for a paper on this work.

He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and is widely published in NDT and aerospace journals. He is President Elect of the BINDT and is active and influential on a number of committees that guide the development, application, training and certification of NDT. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David. In 2019 Ian received the BINDT Ann Birt award for NDE research and development and technology strategy development.





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