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BAE Systems Webinar on Polymer Joining

Webinars 29 April 2021

BAE Systems Exclusive Webinar: 
Polymer Joining and Characterisation to enable Light Weighting of Future Products

Plastics are increasingly replacing metals in many non-structural applications, and also some structural applications, due to their light weight, chemical resistance and ease with which complex parts can be made. However, as the component size and complexity increases it is far more cost effective to make a number of sub-components and weld them together to make the finished article.

TWI is a world leader in carrying out research and consultancy on the most appropriate method for welding plastics parts, depending on the application. There are 16 different welding processes for thermoplastics, each with its own particular advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one is key to developing a successful product.

In addition to choosing the right welding process, it is also very important to be able to determine the performance of the welded joints produced and TWI has over 30 years of experience in mechanical testing of welded joints in plastic parts.

This webinar will describe TWI’s expertise in plastics welding and the mechanical testing of plastics welds, and will include a number of case studies where TWI has helped companies develop their welded plastics products.

Continuing Professional Development 

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

Please contact Becki Parratt if you require a certificate of attendance towards your continuing professional development.  


Anthony McAndrew  - BAE Systems Partnership Manager

Anthony McAndrew

BAE Systems Partnership Manager

Anthony is responsible for managing the strategic relationship with BAE Systems, ensuring that TWI is in a position to support BAE Systems on their welding, joining, surfacing, materials testing, composites, NDT and training needs.

By background, Anthony is a Chartered Engineer having gained an in-depth understanding of several advanced manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing, refill friction stir spot welding and linear friction welding.

Anthony joined TWI in October 2017 as a Senior Project Leader and subsequently took on the role of BAE Systems Partnership Manager in January 2020. Prior to this, he worked at Cranfield University as a Research Fellow, following on from his TWI-sponsored PhD in friction welding.

Mike Troughton - Technology Fellow

Mike Troughton

Technology Fellow

Mike Troughton joined TWI in 1993 after gaining a PhD in Polymer Physics and working in the plastics industry for seven years. He is Technology Fellow/Technology Manager in the Novel Polymer Technology Section, responsible for co-ordinating all R&D, consultancy and training activities in the area of plastics welding. His main areas of expertise include the welding, inspection and mechanical testing of plastics products, on which he has written over 30 technical papers. He is also the editor of the Handbook of Plastics Joining – A Practical Guide.

He has managed over 150 research and consultancy projects for clients all over the world. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Welding Institute. He is also the Chairman of the British standards committee on plastics welding, the convenor of the ISO working group on plastics welding and is the UK Principal Expert in CEN on plastics welding. 


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