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Offshore Wind – Engineering from Sea to Sky

Webinars 26-27 November 2020

TWI and the Offshore Energy Technical Group of The Welding Institute are holding a free-to-attend virtual event titled 'Offshore Wind – Engineering from Sea to Sky’ on 26-27 November 2020.




An online programme of presentations describing the material and structural integrity challenges associated with offshore wind turbines designed and manufactured for a 27-year lifetime. Beginning with decisions taken based on the location of wind farms, talks will combine information on the standards governing design with innovative solutions available to meet the demanding conditions of operation. Design is not just for operation but must include maintenance, re-powering and decommissioning.

Staff and industrial partners will present work that spans the breadth of TWI’s expertise and covers many aspects of this exciting industrial challenge, from the fabrication of foundations to the design codes for fatigue, and from the demand for corrosion mitigation to the inspection of composite blades. The deliberately broad programme for this 2-day event will give engineers and scientists both the scope of the problems and detailed solutions to many of the engineering challenges currently being faced by offshore wind.

In addition, the KTN will present an overview of their Innovation Exchange platform and the evolving funding landscape in offshore wind.

A full programme will be published shortly.

Who should attend?

The target audience includes engineers and scientists from across the spectrum of design, corrosion, integrity, inspection, materials and manufacturing. Project managers from any large-scale offshore project will gain an insight into the engineering complexities by attending.



Capucine Carpentier - Section Manager - NDT

Capucine Carpentier

Section Manager - NDT

Capucine joined TWI in 2006 and she is involved in many projects for the development and implementation of the full spectrum of non-destructive testing, and the development of innovative inspection solutions. Capucine is the Section Manager of the NDT Section in TWI and she is leading a team of inspection engineers capable of analysing inspection challenges and developing an inspection solution using the latest knowledge and inspection technology. The NDT Section aims to provide support to TWI Member companies in the development of NDT technology, in the delivery of inspection solutions and in the validation and qualification of inspection processes.

Carol Johnston - Principal Project Leader – Fatigue Integrity Management

Carol Johnston

Principal Project Leader – Fatigue Integrity Management

Carol joined TWI and the Fatigue Integrity Management section in 2009. She manages a range of projects related to the fatigue strength and structural integrity of welded joints. Her main area of work is on validation fatigue testing of welds using the resonance fatigue testing technique and she is now focussing on how TWI’s experience and expertise can be applied and used in the renewable energy sector.

Matthew Haslett CEng MIMechE MWeldI IWE - Principal Project Leader

Matthew Haslett CEng MIMechE MWeldI IWE

Principal Project Leader

Matthew joined TWI in 2012. He read Mechanical Engineering (MEng) at the University of Cambridge (Churchill College) and has prior work experience in Nuclear Engineering, the Armed Forces (Royal Navy) and the MOD. He is currently a Principal Project Leader in Asset and Fracture Integrity Management (AFM) and a Chartered Engineer (IMechE).

Matthew’s main areas of expertise lie in fracture toughness testing, general mechanical testing (both standard and bespoke) and Engineering Critical Assessment. He also co-ordinates mechanical testing on behalf of AFM, lectures on a number of TWI training courses and mentors colleagues working towards Chartership. 

Matthew was Chair of The Welding Institute’s Younger Members’ Committee from 2013 to 2020 and has a particular interest in education outreach. He now leads outreach activities on behalf of TWI and volunteers for The Welding Institute, conducting Professional Review Interviews and holding the role of secretary of the Offshore Energy Technical Group.

Prof. Ian Cooper - Technology Fellow - Advanced NDT

Prof. Ian Cooper

Technology Fellow - Advanced NDT

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 the 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 his 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 a Vice President of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (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.

Prior to joining TWI, Ian served for 27 years in the RAF as an aircraft engineer, initially responsible for weapons and assisted escape systems, he later moved to non-destructive testing, leading the area team responsible for operations in Europe. His final posting was to the NDT HQ, where he played a significant role in the development of area scanning systems for composites during the introduction to service of new aircraft, including Typhoon, and the adoption of emerging technologies for NDT across all three services.

Ryan Marks - Section Manager, Monitoring and Inspection Research

Ryan Marks

Section Manager, Monitoring and Inspection Research

Ryan is the Section Manager of the Monitoring and Inspection Research Section at TWI. Ryan has a Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Acoustic Emission monitoring from Cardiff University, as well as being a Chartered Engineer. Ryan has previously worked for Airbus as a structures design engineer before moving into condition monitoring and non-destructive testing research. Ryan has developed technologies for a range of industries and applications including aerospace, nuclear and wind turbine blades for key customers and through numerous collaborative projects.

Dr. Chris Worrall  - Consultant – Polymer Composite Technologies

Dr. Chris Worrall

Consultant – Polymer Composite Technologies

Chris is responsible for delivering composites joining, manufacture, processing and testing services to TWI’s Members and through public funded projects. He has spent 10 years in Japan working in the automotive, aerospace, renewable energy and rail transport industries. Before leaving the UK, he worked in a research laboratory on the processing of novel thermoplastic composite materials, improving the toughness of composites, and developing test methods for composite materials.

His 35 years of composites expertise covers; mechanical testing of composite materials (including impact, fracture and toughness), composite-metal joining, thermoplastic composite welding, microstructure characterisation, finite element analysis (FEA), design, and manufacturing technology for composite materials.

Chris was a participating member of ESIS TC4 and worked on the development of the protocol for Mode I DCB ISO standard between 1994 and 1999.Chris holds a PhD in the field of impact of composite sandwich structures in addition to a BSc in metallurgy and materials science. Chris was the lead author of the Composites UK’s ‘Good Practice Guide to composite joining’ publication, and was part of the SurFlow™ team at TWI that recently won a Composites Association Innovation award.

Dave Harvey - Technology Fellow - Surface Engineering

Dave Harvey

Technology Fellow - Surface Engineering

David joined TWI in 1986 with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, working initially on projects related to process control in gas shielded arc welding. He has been closely involved subsequently with the development of TWI's thermal spray coating facilities. He was Chairman of the UK Surface Engineering Society from 1994-97 and was an active member of the Thermal Spraying & Surface Engineering Association (TSSEA) management committee for more than 10 years.

His current responsibilities are in project support for TWI’s coating and corrosion testing activities, where he has previously developed five joint industry projects studying the benefits of thermally sprayed aluminium (TSA) coatings on steels, high strength steels and corrosion resistant alloys for use in marine environments for applications ranging from oil & gas platforms and pipelines, ships, bridges and offshore wind structures.

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