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Off Highway Sector Webinar

Webinars 11 March 2021

Webinar on Off Highway Sector - Issues and Challenges

TWI experts will deliver a free-to-attend webinar, specifically for the off highway sector. An off highway vehicle (OHV) is one that is intended for use on steep or uneven ground and includes those used for construction or agriculture. OHVs are specifically designed for off-road use and can be enclosed or open air.

This exclusive TWI webinar will discuss in detail some of the main issues and challenges that the off highway sector face and the great work TWI have been involved in to date. This includes such topics as:

  • Lightweighting – discussion on TWI’s advancements in the Innovate UK funded Elsoha Project
  • Typical fatigue issues that occur in service – discussion into TWI’s non-commercially sensitive research
  • Robotic welding and distortion management – pros and cons for robotic welding methods, and numerical modelling techniques for reducing distortion in manufacture
  • Chrome replacement techniques – relevant spray technologies will be discussed, as well as EHLA (Extreme High Speed Laser) coatings

TWI is unique in offering these technologies with one Research and technology organisation.


Please see the programme for the morning session

Please see the programme for the afternoon session


To accommodate people located in different parts of the world, we have set up two sessions on the day. The morning session starts at 07.00 (GMT) and the afternoon session at 15.00 (GMT). When registering, please ensure you select the session that is convenient for your time zone.

Session 1 - 07.00-08.00 UK Time

Register here for the morning session

Session 2 - 15.00-16.00 UK Time

Register here for the afternoon session


Tony Pramanik  - Membership Sector Manager Construction and Engineering

Tony Pramanik

Membership Sector Manager Construction and Engineering

Tony is the Membership Sector Manager for Oil and Gas, Construction and Engineering, helping existing members maximise the benefits of Membership and recruiting new Members. Tony's previous role within TWI was Senior Project Leader in The Laser and Sheet Processes(LAS) team. Tony joined TWI in 2014 as a Project Leader working on laser processing projects. Prior to joining TWI, Tony spent some years as a Production Engineer for a Laser Manufacturing Company and also a Continuous Improvement Engineer in the Aerospace industry. Throughout my career Tony has delivered various projects in R&D, NPI and CAPEX.

Ask Tony About: project management:laser welding:Laser Material Processing: Lean Manufacturing

Nick McCarthy - Business Development Manager - Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Nick McCarthy

Business Development Manager - Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Nick McCarthy is the business development manager for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at TWI. With a background in friction technologies Nick has worked extensively in the off highway sector and has visited equipment manufacturers across the globe to support joining challenges for related applications.

Nick is working with the TWI membership to support joining challenges and also build new relationships with companies that require support to develop new products and applications.

Melissa Riley - Principal Project Leader - Surface Engineering

Melissa Riley

Principal Project Leader - Surface Engineering

Dr Melissa Riley has a B.Med.Sc degree and PhD in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Birmingham and is Principal Project Leader within TWI’s Surface Engineering team. She has worked at TWI for over 17 years on a wide range of projects for TWI’s Industrial Members relating to the development and application of thermal spray coatings, including HVOF spraying. Her work has included application and performance evaluation of wear and corrosion resistant coatings (including for biomass and waste to energy plants), ceramic coatings, bearing materials and more novel coatings and applications, including leading TWI’s work on the development of coatings on composites. She has also been instrumental in setting up a number of new facilities to assess coating performance and to support TWI Members in the upscaling and manufacturing development of surface engineering technologies for industrial applications. Melissa is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Josh Barras - Senior Project Leader - Laser Additive Manufacturing

Josh Barras

Senior Project Leader - Laser Additive Manufacturing

Josh Barras joined TWI in 2015 and is a Senior Project Leader in the Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) section. Josh has been involved in laser metal deposition (LMD) for over 7 years, working on many technology advancements including induction heating-assisted LMD and coaxial-wire LMD. Josh is now leading the development strategy and experimental research of EHLA at TWI.

Lei Xu - Project Leader, AWE

Lei Xu

Project Leader, AWE

Lei joined TWI as a Project Leader in the Arc Process, Fabrication and Welding Engineering Section of the Materials Group in early 2015. His background includes robotic arc welding and the associated inspection automation, process modelling and fixturing/tooling.

Chris Allen - Principal Project Leader- Technical

Chris Allen

Principal Project Leader- Technical

Chris has over 15 years of experience in technical project roles, having joined TWI in 2002, now being specialized in the scoping, costing, management and delivery of laser materials processing projects across a wide portfolio of TWI’s clients in different industries. This has also included coordinating and contributing to cross-technology and cross-sector projects, directly for industry and as initiatives funded by the EU and UK government.

Chris is a member of the Institute of Materials, has held the European Welding Engineer diploma since 2005, and manages delivery of a suite of TWI’s Core Research Programme projects in laser materials processing and arc welding.

Prior to TWI, Chris was a project engineer at Corus Aluminium for 2 years, and an academic researcher for 3 years at the University of Oxford, using experimental laboratory simulations and techniques to understand and develop new materials processing routes. This followed a D.Phil. higher degree in Materials Science from the University of Oxford, a gap year as a civil engineer at Ove Arup in Hong Kong and a M.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Jazeel Chukkan - Project Leader, Fatigue Integrity Management

Jazeel Chukkan

Project Leader, Fatigue Integrity Management

Jazeel joined TWI in 2018 in the role of Project Leader. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Welding Engineering. Following the latter, Jazeel worked on numerical simulation of laser welding in steel sheets. Before joining TWI, he undertook a PhD on the effect of cyclic load on residual stress redistribution in welded structures. Jazeel’s research interests are in the area of structural integrity of welded components focusing mainly on fatigue, fracture, residual stress modelling and residual stress measurements.

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