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Joint Technical Group Webinar on Polymers and NDT

Webinars 06 June 2024

Joint Polymers and Composites/NDT and Condition Monitoring Technical Groups Webinar:
Is the future of polymers and composites built on a defective foundation or will NDT save the day? 

Who should attend?

Designers, materials engineers, fabrication supervisors, quality control personnel, NDT engineers, anyone curious about composites and adhesives.

What will you learn?

Most manufacturing standards and requirements for freedom from flaws are based on the needs of the metals fabrication sector. These focus on joints, as the materials themselves are usually controlled/inspected at source, and the types of flaw are specific to welding.

Where polymers, composites or a combination of metals and polymeric materials are used, a different approach is needed, both for the areas to be controlled/inspected and the types of flaws sought. This applies at the composite manufacturing stage, joining, and for in-service inspections.

This event will highlight the types of flaws encountered in composite manufacture, including joining, and present some strategies for detecting/controlling these.

Experts from industry will be presenting on a range of topics:

  • Ewen Kellar, Consultant, TWI Ltd, The Source of Detects in Adhesively Bonded Joints
  • Sadik Omairey, Senior Research Fellow, Brunel Composites Centre, Brunel University London, Stochastic Simulation of Defects in Polymeric Materials
  • Nathan Hartley, Section Manager, NRT and Calum Hoyle, Team Manager, NRT, TWI Ltd, Emerging THz Inspection Techniques Advanced Materials
  • Pete Sheppard, Senior Naval Architect, RNLI, Putting it Into Practice - Composite Manufacturing and Inspection in Industry


  • Professional Members of The Welding Institute:
    • AWeldI: £25 + VAT (£30)
    • TechWeldI/MWeldI/FWeldI: Free
  • Industrial Members of TWI: £25 + VAT (£30)
  • Non-members: £95 + VAT (£114)
  • Retired Members: £25 + VAT (£30)
  • Students: £25 + VAT (£30)
  • TWI Training Customers: £75 + VAT (£90)
  • TWI Training School Customers with professional membership: Free: Please contact us with your Training Customer ID Number
  • TWI Staff - please contact Hafiza Rahman if you wish to register.

Please note that payment must be made before the event in order to receive the joining instructions for the event.

Can't make it on the day? 

If you can't join us on the day, you can still access the recording of the webinar and the presentations by registering ahead of the event.*

*presentation dissemination is dependent on presenter consent.

Associate Membership (AWeldI) of The Welding Institute 

Registering on this Technical Group webinar as a non-member or a TWI Training Customer without Professional Membership gives you full Associate Membership (AWeldI) for one year. To activate your membership, just complete the highlighted fields on the event registration form.

You will also benefit from:

  • Discounted registration fees for Technical Group events (£25 + VAT)
  • Free attendance at Branch events
  • Access to our knowledge database including our library and information services

Benefits of attending this webinar

  • Information transfer from experts
  • Discussion, questions and answers on the specific topics
  • A broader understanding of the extent of standards in the industry
  • Attendance of this event qualifies for CPD

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

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

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


Nathan Hartley - Team Manager, Robotics

Nathan Hartley

Team Manager, Robotics
TWI Technology Centre, Wales

Nathan Hartley is an experienced Chartered Engineer and Project Manager with more than 20 years’ experience in the defence, nuclear, energy, manufacturing and non-destructive testing industries. Since joining TWI in 2018 he has managed a variety of complex and high value engineering and research projects with a focus on automation and development of novel NDT techniques. He recently introduced multi-frequency microwave inspection to TWI’s capabilities and has been instrumental in the integration and use of mobile and collaborative robots. He has also overseen the development of a novel, automated acoustic inspection method for the inspection of highly attenuative glass fibre structures. Nathan is also an accomplished NDT practitioner, holding CSWIP Level II qualifications in UT and PAUT (Welds).

Pete Sheppard - Senior Naval Architect

Pete Sheppard

Senior Naval Architect
Royal National Lifeboat Association

Having spent 30 years in working as a laminator, boat builder, project manager and naval architect, I have been involved at many levels in the marine industry. I have been responsible for the structural design and build of prototype lifeboats, the production of various classes and many repairs of in-service boats. Specifying materials, processes and testing and overseeing repairs in internal and external yards. 

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