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Construction and engineering news round-up - July 2012

Back to Media and Events £43m expansion at TWI on course for completion by end of this year 11th International FSW Symposium 2016 – Call for Papers 2016 FSW symposium technical programme now available 2012 WJS Conference: Welding Advances, Skills and Quality 2012-07-construction-and-engineering-news-round-up Plant Inspection training meets need for competent workers LaserSnake enters its second phase 2013-07-creepimage-inspecting-creep-damage-in-critical-power-plant-components CSWIP awards first Plant Inspection Level 3 certification Monitoring noise output from onshore wind turbine machinery CSWIP certifications demonstrate increased popularity 2014-11-construction-work-on-expansion-project-approaches-completion TWI supports 2015 Business Excellence Awards 2015-05-contributions-invited-for-uk-strategy-for-additive-manufacturing 2015-10-cswip-employer-specific-ndt-in-compliance-with-iso-9712 Thermoplastics Welding and Joining – Call for Papers 2016-03-contour-seminar-2016 2016-09-cutting-edge-technology-for-nuclear-decommissioning Workshop to address dissimilar materials joining challenge 2017-08-david-williams-ieng-mweldi-an-engineering-inspiration The 10th Anniversary of the Institute of Rail Welding 33rd Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering 3D Packaging event - Wednesday 23rd May 3rd Welding Technology Asia 2013 Conference 9th International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding A career in welding inspection A forum to share knowledge and exchange manufacturing ideas Novel solution for submersible pumps in oil and gas industry Accelerated Innovation Programmes launch at TWI ActFast: Real-time fibre-optic monitoring for laser welding Skills Development Fund Scheme provides extra TWI courses Additive manufacturing guidelines will support industry adoption Additive Manufacturing UK Strategy update available for download Addressing advances in laser additive manufacturing Industry benefits of composites microwave processing Advanced electron beam facilities meet advanced industrial challenges Materials conditioning facility expands exposure testing Advanced ultrasonic full matrix capture inspection software launched Aerospace set to benefit from £3.8m research collaboration African company approaches TWI for plastics welding training AIM aims higher - and increases its scope Alan Taylor to represent TWI at international conference Amino wins TWI Award for Technology Engineering Anglia Ruskin students line up for Animation Award Announcing The Welding Institute's new website Materials, Corrosion and Surfacing Week 2012 Announcing TWI's new website SkillWeld apprentice set for WorldSkills São Paulo 2015 Apprentice welder wins medallion at WorldSkills 2015 Are you making the most of Information Services? TWI supports scholarships for the future of engineering Armourers & Brasiers' awards open for entries Students complete Nuffield research placements at TWI Asbestos detection made easier and more reliable 'Ask the expert' webinar series launch proves a success ASME issues White Paper on auditing of welding BS 7910:2013 - Assessing flaws in metallic structures AWFTE to hold first all-day forum at TWI Aviation Industry Corporation of China collaborates with TWI Back to work with TWI's 2018 'Business Resolutions' BeamAssure™ – electron beam welding quality assurance tool Becoming an Engineering Technician with TWI New centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies launched Best young welders' teams from throughout Europe will compete Blended learning gets results for Spanish NDT students Boccard UK engineers receive plastic welding training from TWI Brazilian student sees advantage of blended learning course Structural defect detection for monitoring bridge health Brunel Innovation Centre PhD candidate receives TWI award BS 7910:2013 receives first amendment Exploring technologies at International Graphene Summit Business and Management Skills Training from TWI Call for papers: 11th International FSW Symposium Call for papers: 12th International FSW Symposium Call for papers: International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference Britain's most successful entrepreneurial business cluster Cambridge Business Week 2013 to launch on 18 March at TWI Cambridge MP Julian Huppert visits TWI Cambridge News recognises TWI in top 15 Cambridge businesses Cambridge technology, TWI and the Bloodhound SSC project Cambridge student, Emma Young completes placement with TWI £19.5m project launched for Port Talbot engineering centre CE Marking of Welded Construction Products Celebrating success - spotlight on young engineers Celebrating success as £43M construction programme takes shape at TWI Celebrating the publication of The Cambridge Phenomenon Cementing and polymers corrosion webinars scheduled for autumn Centre of excellence created for the next industrial revolution Charity funds boosted by over £5000 after TWI's Christmas gift TWI CEO Christoph Wiesner awarded OBE Ultrasonic imaging climbing robot passes field trials Coatings and surface engineering: addressing the needs of industry Cold spray experts launch all-round introduction course CROWN project commended for offshore wind corrosion work Collaborative project improves safety on Turkish railways Collaborative project to improve aerospace manufacturing Combatting ice and erosion in extreme low temperatures - EIROS Combining Cathodic Protection with Aluminium Coatings TWI at Engineering and Construction Recruitment Exhibition TWI Composites Expert to Speak at Engineering Conference Construction has started on the new facility for South East Asia Demonstrating excellence in welding Designed for future growth: TWI celebrates construction milestone Vibration-based in-flight composite health monitoring Did you attend TWI's Welding Exhibition? See what you missed… Applying Industry 4.0 to joining and associated technologies Digital twin technology wins environmental business award Double success for TWI in RoSPA Awards 2011 Dr Melissa Riley represents TWI at international conference Ice-repellant coating for aerospace and energy industries EngD student wins Richard Dolby Rolls Royce Prize Welding Institute Engineering Council Registrations increase Engineering laboratory marks new era of R&D at TWI Engineers develop chewing machine to test denture adhesives Entrepreneur tours TWI Technology Centre (Wales) Entry is now open for SkillWeld 2016 European Laser Innovation Award Event update: Laser cutting as a tool for decommissioning Evolution of ageing management Exciting opportunities for chemiluminescence measurement Experts present papers at NACE corrosion conference 2018 Addressing challenges in the integrity of mooring chains Exploring opportunities with friction stir welding of steels Extending Aircraft Life Using Cold Spray Technology Face-to-face talks prove a success at Schweissen and Schneiden Familiarisation Course to EN ISO 3834 Fast Access to Metals and Consumables Data Online AILU awards recognise TWI laser technology innovators Fibre delivered laser beam cutting optimisation First MPhil student graduates from NSIRC First TWI Training blended learning course goes live TWI welcomes delegation from the Ministry of Works, Malaysia Focus on Events Seminar to focus on linear friction welding applications Follow @TWI_Ltd – now going live on TWItter! Forthcoming apprenticeship levy for large UK employers detailed Franco-British Symposium on Composite Materials Free mooring chains event scheduled for April Free technical support boost to the offshore wind industry Friction stir welding – enabling worldwide engineering success Friction stir welding – joining the future of industry Friction stir welding - submit your abstract Friction stir welding and Japanese jewellery UK friction stir welding courses see increasing demand Friction stir welding focus in China Friction stir welding of high performance steels Friction stir welding symposium programme available for download Friction stir welding inventors lead training courses Friction stir welding, spreading the news From the Armed Forces to EngTech - A Continuing Career Development Fullagar Technologies make first product sale TWI and SSA unite over maritime funding New sensor technology for safe shale gas extraction funded Fusion reactor developers come to TWI for NDT training Gain recognition with Professional Membership Gammax IIS, Bury St Edmunds, employs Weldspec and Welderqual Gareth Hurrell wins Advanced Engineering Apprentice Award Gathering of experts at 2016 NSIRC Annual Conference Geomembrane lining projects demand plastics welding skills in India BP joins TWI in UK's first industry-led postgraduate centre Plastics welder training builds momentum in Nigeria Glory of India Gold Medal award winner Mr. Pardikar joins TWI India Go-ahead for TWI expansion at Granta Park Government funds £10 million technology hub in Teesside Government Minister learns of TWI's Asia connections Graduates visit TWI to capitalise on Industrial Membership Best practice for nuclear construction industry welding BIS Chief Scientist and Director of Innovation visit TWI Has your PCN NDT Certification been voided? TWI Can Help… Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal opens new laboratories at TWI High-pressure hydrogen testing at TWI Thermal spraying facility opens for industrial research Yorkshire MP pays visit to TWI in Rotherham Hot Gas and Extrusion Welding Appreciation: a new course from TWI IIW Annual Assembly 2012 Update on CPD for Welding Institute Professional Members The Lloyd's Register Foundation joins TWI Advisory group promote novel NDT methods in aerospace Industrial Member comes to TWI to learn about available support Industrial Member Invitation Industrial membership enhanced by SSA affiliation Innovation Centres at TWI deliver progress for industry Innovation ensures thermoplastic storage tank integrity UltraSteamLine improves high temperature inspection CSWIP certification for strengthening of concrete structures INTRAPID produces rapid in-line laser AM inspection systems Introducing Google Search on TWI's website Introducing The Test House apprentices Introducing the TWI Virtual Academy: studying on your own terms Introducing TWI on YouTube Investigating geothermal coatings for the future of renewable energy Investigating the use of lasers for nuclear decommissioning Art exhibition leads to new method of laser metal deposition Irish Rail calls TWI for bespoke visual inspection training JEC innovation award for fibre-reinforced plastics process consortium Join TWI's trade mission to South Africa in March 2014 Joining in the spotlight Joint industry project to develop mobile rail head repair solution Laser research drives greater take-up of cutting technology Laser scanner improves TWI weld analysis services for Members Lasers for decommissioning: the story so far Sawston Village College mark WW1 centenary with weld project Leading Edges in Welding: Summer School in Modelling of Welding Engineering test centre set for Alconbury Enterprise Campus Lean Six Sigma Training Learning from recent nuclear construction projects LEP deal launches plans for a new large-scale test facility at TWI Lifting the lid on innovation: exploratory projects at TWI Linear friction welding review demonstrates industry expertise Welding Institute's latest Engineering Council registrants Local MP meets TWI apprentices Long range ultrasonics testing for composites Lord Heseltine opens new TWI technology and training centre Rail infrastructure project to deliver asset management tool Malaysian students visit TWI Yorkshire branch Solutions for aero engineering at Advanced Engineering Show Meet The Welding Institute team at UK engineering recruitment event MoU between ALFED and TWI enhances collaboration MEP for the East of England visits TWI Additive manufactured medical implants to enter mainstream MFE Formwork applies friction stir welding technology 'Mind the doors' – New project investigates train door failure Mobile electron beam welds for fabricating large structures ModuLase - combining laser processes for the future of manufacturing Advanced ultrasonic inspection for mooring chains in water Move to new R&D village for TWI Technology Centre (Wales) Multimillion-euro project launched to boost European shipbuilding Names of latest Engineering Council registrants published today Nanosecond pulsed laser expands opportunities for project work National champion announced at SkillWeld 2012 National offshore wind structural design standard needed, now NSIRC to operate from new, expanded facilities at TWI NDT Voiding of PCN certification from NDT International New and upcoming integrity management software and training from TWI New Granta Centre manager guarantees premier conferencing New benefit for TWI Members: free access to Welding Abstracts journal New CNC Equipment Installed In The Test House Project investigates Powder Metallurgy for astrospace use New welding procedures CSWIP course launched New developments in plastic welding highlighted New eBooks added for Professional and Industrial Members New Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Directive published New Engineering Council registrants published New facility for testing the barrier performance of polymers New fracture testing accreditation New fracture toughness testing standard published New Friction Stir Welding alert service from TWI New home and new capabilities for TWI in Middlesbrough New inspection and training facilities for TWI's partner in Nigeria New project to advance laser additive manufacturing New live-streaming microscopy provides more access for Members New manufacturing process supports Hayter's winning position Polyethylene pipeline testing service launches in N. America Investigating real-time testing and monitoring of pipelines New research and technologies showcased at IIW conference New research into cost-effective laser-assisted cold spray New Sector Manager for Energy New specialist equipment and project to improve tidal energy New training course – Welding of Moulded Plastic Components New TWI article breaks down the changes to ISO 15614-1 New capabilities shown during seminars in China and Japan New TWI e-book collection available to Members New ultrasonic testing courses from the TWI Virtual Academy New version of RiskWISE® released New video takes an in-depth look at TWI underwater inspection courses New welding apprenticeship standards receive government approval New Welding of Moulded Plastic Components course New X-ray microscope strengthens TWI imaging capability New-look TWI website goes live CII and TWI awareness seminar in composites technology News from Weldasearch Nominations for The Welding Institute Annual Awards Nominations invited for the 2017 Welding Institute Awards Nominations invited for The Welding Institute Annual Awards 2016 Nominations now open for The Welding Institute Awards 2018 Nominations open for The Welding Institute Annual Awards 2015 Novel processing technique used for Made in Sheffield Awards NozzleInspect NSIRC invites PhD proposals from leading universities NSIRC welcomes first BP-sponsored PhD student NSIRC welcomes its first PhD student Nuclear construction lessons learned - report published Nuclear Meet-the-Buyer event brings companies together Offering expertise to tackle knife crime epidemic Offshore Wind Manufacturing Innovation Support Simulating real-world conditions for oil and gas research Online tool launched for electromagnetic field assessments Open Day sparks the start of a new era of research for TWI Young welders and metalworkers recognised at WorldSkills UK TWI offers extra provision for non-native English speakers TWI paper among most popular in Pipeline Engineering Journal Pedalling Revolution - TWI employee set to cycle from Wales to Greece Phased Array Ultrasonic Training – An Innovative Approach PhD student sponsored by TWI wins best paper at symposium Pioneer of CO2 laser development revisits TWI Pioneering tests being conducted on bespoke TWI rig Plant Integrity applies guided wave expertise to handheld device Plant Integrity exhibits at Middle East Corrosion Conference Plant Integrity exhibiting at the IPEIA Conference, Alberta, Canada Plant Integrity launches new promotional video Plant Integrity Ltd to exhibit at 2017 API Inspection Summit Plant Integrity team is at CORROSION 2017 Plastics welding experts answer your questions at Aquaculture UK 2014 Polymers expert delivers graphene talk at TWI PolyTank project tests joints in thermoplastic storage tanks Postgraduate courses unveiled at NSIRC Power news round-up - November 2011 Workshop review of industry concerns and perceptions Preparing students for industry: the Brunel Innovation Centre Benefits of Professional Membership of The Welding Institute Quality control project could transform laser welding Developing technology to reuse industrial waste heat Purpose-built pressure testing facility opens for business at TWI Purpose-built pressure testing facility to be constructed at TWI Raising our profile – TWI launches a new corporate brand Reducing impact of air transport using additive manufacturing Register for Welding Institute Structural Integrity Meeting Registration opens for TWI BS EN ISO 15614-1 (2017) training Registration open for 2017 Structural Integrity Conference Registration open for the UK's national welding competition Registration opens for 11th International FSW Symposium Reinforced concrete bridges get the NDT treatment - CROSS-IT Report examines state of engineering in the UK Industry hub focuses on finding solutions to real problems Rice and easy – Ranger risotto cook-off success Richard Dolby / Rolls-Royce Prize launched RJD Engineering gains Factory Production Control system Certification Robotic automated NDT inspection boost for the aerospace industry TWI celebrates National Women in Engineering Day TWI celebrates National Women in Engineering Day Rolls-Royce's Martin Boyd discusses the benefits of becoming an IEng SAFERAIL concludes to fanfare of approval Safety warning issued following catastrophic clamp failure Scale of TWI expansion captured in aerial photography Audit shows TWI as integral to innovation New building to house TWI's structural integrity expertise Sharc Matter: First -time market access to TWI's VitoNano Technology Shipbuilding industry moves towards friction stir welding revolution Showing expertise in corrosion safety, investigation and assessment SIRF drives £150m Structural Integrity Research Initiative at TWI SkillWeld medallist goes on to take gold at EuroSkills 2016 SOCAR and TWI celebrate new competence training partnership Tate Modern use solvent technology for art restoration Spaces available for workshop on waste-to-energy reliability Stainless steel fabrication seminar Aerospace inspection systems to feature at forthcoming event STEM Ambassador of the Year award open for entries STEM Fair workshops inspire next generation Stephen Kinnock MP supports new business initiatives at TWI Wales Strengthening links with Chinese industry Structural applications of ferritic stainless steels Budding engineers join Structural integrity project Students begin UK's first MSc in Structural Integrity College students learn a valuable lesson in engineering Progressing graphene as a supercritical fluid barrier Effective operation of undersea well control valve stacks Subsea testing from ROVs BS 7910 global training courses get underway Successful engineers graduate from EWF/IIW Diploma in Welding Event and website highlight additive manufacturing at TWI Successful event unites Scottish SMEs and nuclear companies Symposium highlights developments in linear friction welding Sue Dunkerton awarded OBE for Services to Health and Engineering Meadows children learn about cooking with TWI chef TWI Pakistan celebrates World Corrosion Awareness Day 'SUPERSLAB' to meet thicker high-strength steels challenge SurFlow: secure, robust, integrated data transfer through composites Symposium celebrates 25 years of friction stir welding Taking the next step as a CSWIP Welding Inspector Tame Plastics awards welding certificates to competent employees Tank Integrity Monitoring - non-invasive monitoring of storage tanks Team Romania scoops gold in WeldCup 2015 Technical Group Meetings in October Meeting discusses on North Sea oil and gas asset management Technical Seminar - Railway Asset Management Technician and STEM Ambassador of the Year awards open TWI and SSA deliver joint maritime event Technology Engineering - Widening Horizons Technology tournament inspires young engineers to fly high Teletest business transfers to Eddyfi Technologies Teletest Focus just gets better with WiFi TestPEP enters final year of tests for NDE of plastics pipes The 38th Aerospace Industry Panel meeting The 50-year view of fracture Plant Integrity Earns Award for Pipeline Corrosion Detection The Great British Weld-Off skill search launches for 2014 Engineering event attracts international delegation to TWI The Test House Gains UKAS Accreditation For Digital Radiography The Transport Systems Catapult and TWI Announce Partnership The Welding Apprentice Group Training Association (WAGTA) The Welding Institute Annual Awards and Dinner 2014 The Welding Institute Annual Awards and Dinner 2015 The Welding Institute Annual Awards and Dinner 2016 The Welding Institute Annual Awards and Dinner 2017 Welding Institute Annual Conference to focus on AM The Welding Institute Annual Dinner 2012 The Welding Institute Awards 2012 - Recognising Achievement The Welding Institute Awards 2013 The Welding Institute Awards 2018 – Applied Technology Award New 'trailblazer' helps transform apprenticeships in England The Welding Institute launches group for female engineers The Welding Institute promoting career development at NECR exhibition Meeting reinvigorates Welding Institute's Liverpool branch Welding Institute branch promotes welding careers Thousandth Members' report launches web-accessible archive Ties strengthened with Indian industry at UK–India Manufacturing Week Top 100 for TWI business performance in 2012 TowerPower to reduce costs for offshore wind inspections Training boosts welding skills for Murphy Group engineers Training workshop delivered to power company Eskom True Stress-True Strain Tensile Testing to Failure TWI – expanding its reach across India TWI acquires 3D printer capable of printing polymer material TWI agrees research and training collaboration with GMRI, China TWI and DNV collaborate to host 'Welding Experts' event New project aims to spread the use of additive manufacturing TWI and Lloyd's Register launch Fullagar Technologies initiative TWI and Lloyd's Register projects advance take-up of AM TWI and Rolls-Royce team up to develop Welding Engineering Diploma TWI and Swagelining Ltd advance CSWIP in subsea pipe lining TWI announces new selective laser melting training course TWI announces Technical Open Day in conjunction with WeldCup TWI announces upgraded Members' Showcase on its website Mike Russell appointed as TWI Operations Director TWI Arkwright Scholars a step closer to engineering career TWI at Materials Performance and Welding Technologies 2017 TWI at NACE Corrosion 2018 conference and exposition TWI attends tribology anniversary reception TWI attends UK-India Manufacturing Week TWI awarded SPARK grant with the University of Glasgow TWI celebrates 50 years of pioneering group research Signing ceremony seals TWI partnership with Yayasan Felda TWI opens a regional office in Calgary, Canada TWI gains independent status to certify structural steelwork TWI Certification chief executive to become president of EWF TWI Certification partners with construction skills scheme TWI Certification Ltd marks 20 years of accreditation TWI charters an active approach to IT TWI chef inspires next generation at school careers workshop TWI China TWI combines heritage with innovation for the Morgan Motor Company TWI commence 'SubSeaLase' decommissioning project TWI composites specialist to speak at National Space Centre TWI contributes to LIGHTer International Conference TWI helps grow Innovation, Research and Technology sector TWI delivers plastics welding training course to Fusion Marine TWI develops essential metallography training to ensure best practice TWI Doubles the Trevor Gooch Corrosion Laboratory Digital Twin Technology to monitor offshore assets TWI engineer wins international award for research TWI enters research centre agreement with AECC BIAM, China TWI agreement with AVIC Manufacturing Technology Institute TWI exhibits new construction materials at Ecobuild 2016 TWI expansion bringing jobs and investment to Teesside TWI expert on panel for Structural Integrity conference TWI experts available for consultation at NACE Corrosion 2015 TWI experts keep flying legend airborne TWI extends bespoke training course to Uganda TWI extends capability to test adhesives and composites TWI extends its training programme in South Africa TWI Finite Element Analysts achieve accreditation TWI flies high at Farnborough International Air Show TWI expert appointed visiting professor by top university TWI helping to spearhead skills initiative in India TWI helping UK businesses to 'Access India' TWI helps bring Philips Avent's thermoplastic nebulizer to market TWI helps Engineering College meet industry demand for staff TWI helps push European car body initiative TWI holds successful cold spray technology course TWI hosted Innovation Centres continue to grow TWI hosts Chinese delegation TWI hosts graduation ceremony for EWF/IIW Diploma engineers TWI hosts innovation and technology open day TWI hosts ISO meetings for plastic pipe use and production TWI hosts graduation ceremony for IIW/EWF Diploma engineers TWI hosts successful 3rd International Linear Friction Welding Seminar TWI hosts successful robotics challenge for primary school pupils TWI hosts successful exploration and production workshop TWI Industrial Members eligible for discounted rate at OMAE 2016 TWI Industrial Membership Survey 2013 TWI Industrial Trends Analysis - Free to Industrial Member Companies TWI Information Services on the move TWI adds to new standard for thermoplastic component joining TWI inspection team in high demand at JEC World, Paris TWI joins 'Integral' nuclear waste project TWI joins research centre for 'SIMPLE' nuclear project Project to detect hydrogen attack opens to partners TWI lands NDA innovation award for nuclear decommissioning TWI launches Award for Technology Engineering in International Markets TWI launches course for advanced digital radiography TWI launches new MSc in Engineering Leadership and Management TWI loaned new MIG welding robot by OTC Daihen Europe TWI Nigeria celebrates Grade 2 Painting Inspection course TWI NDT expert to speak at major Indian industry event TWI opens a new Training and Technology Centre in India TWI participates in welding software project TWI participates in welding software project TWI and leading university establish new innovation centre TWI to train Environment Agency landfill inspection staff TWI and Teesside University launch Health Innovation Centre New technology key to renewable energy and aerospace work TWI pioneers 'invisible weld' process TWI Pioneers New Dissimilar Weld for European Space Agency TWI placement student scoops innovation prize TWI plays its part in the World Land Speed Record attempt TWI plays its part in Working to Engineer a Better World TWI presents at Offshore Europe 2015 TWI provides fracture toughness training and consultancy in Singapore TWI provides support for Fracture Toughness Testing in China Ground-breaking developments for steel friction stir welding TWI reaches £1m US Membership TWI at committee meeting for international offshore standard Research Director gains Royal Academy of Engineering honour TWI rewards outstanding undergraduate engineering projects TWI to develop underground storage tank monitoring system TWI set to attend the 5th CERAMIC Network Partnership in France TWI set to exhibit at JEC World 2017 next month TWI set to exhibit at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 next month TWI to exhibit at 55th Annual British Conference on NDT TWI to exhibit at 56th Annual British NDT Conference TWI set to exhibit at the Farnborough International Airshow TWI set to present at AWS Conference on Plastics Welding and Joining TWI set for International Thermoplastics Joining Conference TWI showcases technical news and videos on Facebook TWI signs Memorandum of Understanding with Saudi Aramco International FSW Symposium technical programme available TWI South East Asia commended by Malaysian government TWI trainer flies 11,000 miles for plastics welding course TWI streamlines total asset management solutions Depositing silicon carbide coatings by thermal spraying TWI supporting the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures TWI supports A-level engineering students TWI Supports Underwater Laser Cutting Project TWI supports West Suffolk's Outstanding Apprentice of the Year Award TWI Technology Centre Wales secures over €1m through EU programme TWI Technology Fellow given Visiting Professorship at LSBU TWI technology used for ground-breaking SpaceX flight TWI to exhibit at SPE Offshore Europe TWI to join American Petroleum Institute Subcommittee TWI to launch aerospace inspection software at the Paris Air Show TWI to present at aerospace and defence event in India TWI to present at major industry conferences in India TWI to welcome nine PhD students from Brazil TWI Training success story - Vera Dragoi Success for TWI's first blended learning course candidates eLearning package for CSWIP 3.1 Welding Inspector launched TWI welcomes collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry TWI welcomes David Willetts MP TWI welcomes first Lloyd's Register Foundation NSIRC PhD student TWI wins funding for engineering research centre TWI welcomes on board two Chinese technical institutes TWI wins Cambridge Business Weekly Award for International Trade TWI wins major contract with F4E TWI wins NDA award for second year running TWI project to develop flat-panel display recycling process TWI wins RIBA Awards TWI tender from French Radioactive Waste Management Agency TWI working to progress composites in the automotive industry TWI and UK Aerospace unite for Laser Welding R&D Project TWI-led project to reduce costs and improve aircraft efficiency Coatings team supports construction and project management Dr Melissa Riley presents paper at international conference TWI's Dr Philippa Moore: A role model for female engineers TWI's Dr Shiladitya Paul called as guest editor of Coatings journal TWI's flow loop available again after three-year testing TWI's NDT Group at BINDT: 2012 Ultrasonic testing courses provide learning options for all TWI holds materials workshop at Cambridge sixth-form college Ubisense wins TWI Technology Engineering Award UKTI mission to India explores opportunities for UK aerospace sector New equipment boosts ultrasonic inspection capability UAE seminar demos TWI's unique PolyTest inspection system University of Leicester signs NSIRC partnership agreement Upgraded surface engineering facilities showcased Version 4.3 of CRACKWISE® software now available Video series sheds light on studying a PhD with TWI Vince Cable celebrates technology and innovation at TWI Vince Cable India visit promotes UK business successes Visit Plant Integrity Ltd booth at Corrosion 2016 exhibition Visit TWI at First World Congress on Condition Monitoring Volumetric testing of polyethylene pipe joints with PolyTest Friction Stir Welding inventor honoured with building Webinars demonstrate the success of TestPEP Welding Abstracts Journal available electronically Welding industry reacts to government's apprenticeships call Welding Institute Annual Awards 2018 Foundation Degree in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Welding sparks interest at WorldSkills UK Welding the unweldable: TWI friction stir welds ODS steel Training partnership adds value to Malaysian Govt programme Welsh Minister Edwina Hart visits TWI Wales TWI gives first certification for Factory Production Control WindTwin project to revolutionise wind turbine technology Highlighting women in engineering: Ángela Angulo Wonderstuff - TWI provides adhesives expertise for new TV series Workshop explores state of play of mooring chain research World of work - Build it! World's first training CD on counterfeit electronic components World's largest linear friction welded component produced World's most precise weld made at TWI Wuhan Iron and Steel Corp celebrates TWI tech secondment Young engineers abuzz with talk of manufacturing tour Young engineers inspire the technologists of the future Young engineers to visit TWI
 

05 July 2012

Rail Construction and Engineering newsletter

MAINLINE action.well on track


A unique �4M rail project tailored to the needs of railway asset managers is about to complete its first quarter.already with considerable success.

Mainline, as it is dubbed, is an FP7 project which took off last Autumn and is aimed at maintenance, renewal and improvement of rail transport infrastructure to reduce economic and environmental impact.

By completion of its three year duration the project will develop methods and tools that will contribute to a more cost efficient and effective improvement of European railway infrastructure, including earthworks, bridges, tunnels, and track, based on whole life considerations. Its specific aims are to:

facilitate the uptake of improved assessment techniques and life extension
improve understanding of relevant damage and deterioration mechanisms and their effect on asset performance
identify and implement new cost effective replacement or renewal construction methods and logistics, bearing in mind the logistics and operational constraints across an expanding railway network, and the associated political aspirations towards a sustainable low carbon society
identify and compare new inspection and monitoring technologies in order to complement or replace existing techniques
develop methods for determining the whole life environmental and economic impact from track and infrastructure maintenance and renewal through the use of various scenarios and management policies.

The project consortium has 19 partners including TWI Industrial Member Network Rail
Friction stir welding in steel

Friction stir in steel..promises of commercial success


Now in its third decade friction stir welding of aluminium is enjoying enormous commercial success in both the aerospace and automotive sectors.but in steel the story is less clear.

Shipbuilding, bridge building, the renewable energy sectors will all benefit from its commercialisation. A soon to be published report aims to establish the current state of the art in the friction stir welding of steel, and draws primarily upon published work. It has been augmented with data from TWI's own research, both published and unpublished, and information provided by organisations and companies with whom TWI co-operates and who have given their consent for inclusion of their data in the report.

As well as establishing the current status of FSW in steel, this report seeks to identify those applications for which use of the process in steel might first be commercialised, and any obstacles that may need to be overcome in the short term, to facilitate these early applications.

Where any such obstacles are identified, recommendations will be made for programmes of research work to be undertaken to overcome them as potential follow-on phases of this Group Sponsored Project (GSP) or as part of TWI's rolling Core Research Programme (CRP).

In identifying potential early applications for friction stir welding, note will be taken of the current relative immaturity of the technology for steel and its perceived high cost when compared with fusion welding techniques.

However, as will be seen, the potential benefits that may accrue from successfully transitioning FSW technology from the light metals to ferrous alloys indicate that the process should not be evaluated purely on the basis of the cost per metre of weld made, but on a more comprehensive total lifetime costing.

When such factors as reduced distortion during fabrication and the potential for stronger, tougher welds are brought into the economic consideration the use of friction stir welding for steel, in some applications, becomes considerably more attractive.

It is the identification of these applications, and an assessment of their possible costs and benefits, that forms perhaps the most important strand to this work.

FSW of high temperature materials:

Friction stir welding was developed initially for aluminium, and subsequently other light metals such as magnesium that were considered difficult to weld by traditional means.

The excellent properties attainable by friction stir welding led not only to a demand to develop the process for other materials that were also tough to weld by conventional fusion techniques, for example copper and titanium, but also to develop the process for steel.

Most grades of steel can be welded quite satisfactorily by fusion welding techniques, but the potential for bringing some or all of the proven benefits of FSW to the welding of steel promoted research into this material too.

The feasibility of welding steel by the friction stir process was reported by Thomas et al, 1999. Research into the FSW of steel confirmed that though sound welds could be made in steel, the high cost and poor longevity of the available tool materials meant that the process was not economically viable other than for very niche applications.

Subsequent research into the FSW of steel has been aimed primarily at improving the available FSW tool materials, seeking to enhance their reliability and longevity, and reduced cost, in order to make the FSW of steel an economically viable process.

As better FSW tool materials became available, allowing the production of longer and better welds, research also began to be conducted into the properties of the welds, and into the use of the friction stir technique to process steel, namely to use the thermo-mechanical nature of the FSW process to alter the microstructure and properties of the steel.

The basic principle of friction stir welding remains unchanged irrespective of the material being welded and thus progressing the friction stir welding process from a technique capable of welding aluminium to one capable of welding steel was essentially a development of enhanced tool materials.

When welding aluminium alloys, the temperatures recorded in the plasticised material around the FSW tool are of the order of 350 to 450�C depending upon the exact alloy and welding parameters used. The FSW tool used can thus be made of a tool steel such as H13 for those alloys welded at the lower end of the temperature range and nickel based alloys such as MP159 for welds made at the higher end of the range.

However, as the plasticisation temperature of the workpiece material increases these tool materials become unsuitable as they begin to lose their mechanical and chemical properties at elevated temperature and therefore become prone to breakage, wear and dissolution in the workpiece.

The development of the FSW process for copper required a shift to nickel based alloys such as Nimonic 105 or materials based on tungsten carbide as the temperatures in the weld zone increased to between 700 and 850�C.�

Friction stir welding of steel poses a far greater challenge than the FSW of aluminium or copper. Steel FSW is carried out at temperatures calculated to be in excess of 1000�C at the tool work piece interface - direct measurement is difficult as temperature sensors embedded in the steel are destroyed by the friction stir process - and the tool must maintain its strength at these elevated temperatures whilst being subjected to complex bending, rotational and fatigue loads.

Furthermore, many potential tool materials oxidise at these high temperatures, or react with the workpiece material, and frequently both. Iron, the base element in steels, readily alloys with many of the potential candidate tool's materials, and this high degree of chemical reactivity is further compounded by the presence of numerous other elements in steels, either present deliberately for alloying or as tramp elements.

Current R&D is addressing these points and the commercial exploitation of FSW of steel is coming closer.
Safe flame
SafeFlame work now underway - TWI-led consortium rolls out key FP7 project

Lower running costs, greater flame control, improved heat transfer and hugely improved safety are just a few of the advantages offered by a new EU project to develop a 21st century solution for flame brazing, cutting and welding.

It's named SafeFlame and its singular objective is to develop hydrogen and oxygen from the electrolysis of water. The work will culminate in the development of a unit which will be portable, user friendly and require only electricity and distilled water.

The project began in November 2011 and expert partners from Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland and the UK are now working towards a new generation device that will modernise the traditional methods of oxy-acetylene and gas-air brazing.

Construction and engineering industry sector members able to benefit from the project's findings will include those in the manufacturing and vehicle construction fields where sector members are expected to have numerous applications.

TWI is heading the consortium which includes luminaries like ITM Power in the UK, VTT of Finland, EABS, the European Association for Brazing and Soldering, HVCA, the Heating Ventilating Contractors Association in the UK, Cesol, the Spanish Welding Association, Webber Brenner Technik of Germany and LG Stucchi S.r.l of Italy.

For further information and to register your interests please go to www.safeflameproject.eu

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's� Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA - Research Executive Agency http://ec.europa.eu/research/rea [FP7/2007-2013] under grant agreement number: 286889
Cambridge phenonomen
Five decades of Cambridge success and TWI's part in it, now chronicled in print

Cambridge, and the technological explosion associated with it since the sixties, come under the spotlight in a prestigious new coffee table volume entitled The Cambridge Phenomenon. And between its covers several references to TWI's significant contribution feature prominently.

Unlike many companies deemed as start-ups half a century ago, allusions to TWI relate to its origins in the 1940s when the British Welding Research Association, as it was known, was led by Dr Richard Weck.

'Following government funding cuts The Welding Institute survived as an entrepreneurial private organisation' it reads. 'And under its third director, the late Bevan Braithwaite started negotiations with the District Council in 1992 over plans to develop the estate into a science park.'

Today TWI's Cambridge headquarters named after him, and its significant presence on Granta Park, mark a dynamic epitaph to his work.

With a forward by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates the 224 page tome tells a colourful technological tale of the UK's foremost university city both exhaustively and economically. It features high production values, classy photography and a page-turning prose style.

�Available from Third Millennium Publishing, �50, ISBN:978 1 906507 57 7
Japanese jewellery

Ancient and modern technologies overlap


Japanese jewellery creation, and the somewhat less ancient practice of friction stir welding (FSW) came together recently in a project involving the art and design sector of Sheffield Hallam university...and TWI.

The work involves a novel method for producing mixed metal multi-coloured layered materials using FSW and compares the results with the ancient Far Eastern art of Mokume Gane.

Mokume Gane is a unique process involving sheets of different coloured metal alloys bonded together into a laminated billet before being carved or milled to expose interior layers. The material is then hammered or rolled into a flat sheet which is used to form jewellery or hollow ware.

The visual effect is stunning, whether it be with the noble metals of silver and gold, or the industrially popular materials of brass and copper. Early on in the development of friction stir the process was identified as ideally suited for joining dissimilar materials.

Using these multi-coloured layers in the process has given TWI a unique insight into how the material flows around the friction stir tool and has thereby enhanced TWI's tool design capability.

  • Work has shown that: It is clear that it would be feasible to use FSW to produce Mokume Gane materials from a number of different metals including gold, silver, platinum, palladium, copper and brass.
  • FSW, used in the correct manner, can produce well-bonded materials in laminate form in which the materials have been both bonded and mixed, forming an attractive and repeating pattern that can be reproduced.
  • The fact that mixing occurs at the same time as the bonding provides a reduction in the amount of subsequent work required to form the patterns that give Mokume Gane its appeal.
  • The method does not require high-temperature furnaces or the need to avoid oxidation of the metals, and very little cleaning or sample preparation is required. It is also a relatively low-energy process since the whole sample does not require heating.
  • The patterns formed are unique to FSW and have the potential to be widely varied by changing the lay-up of the materials to be bonded and the friction stir conditions. After reaching steady-state conditions the patterns formed are stable and repeat in a regular manner but with a small natural and random variation, making each piece unique.
  • The bonds formed in the friction stir zone are a combination of the intimate physical contact between the metals resulting in metal-to-metal bonds plus thermally enhanced mechanical alloying, producing microstructures not possible by conventional processing.
  • The nature of FSW means that large ingots of bonded material can be produced relatively easily using multiple passes of the friction stir tool through laminate layers. Other possible material lay-ups are possible, giving many possible variations in pattern, for example, bars of materials side by side or materials with regions inset with a second material.
  • On the smaller machines, such as the TTI, the maximum ingot size is ~ 300mm x 150mm, with thickness determined by the number and thickness of the layers to be bonded but in the region of 10mm to 30mm. Such large sizes are impossible using any other Mokume Gane production technique. In theory the larger PowerStir machine could make much larger sheets measured in metres.
  • With the constant development of FSW and the increasing availability of machines and tooling capable of carrying out FSW, there is a great potential for both large companies and smaller individual makers to begin to experiment and develop new Mokume Gane materials.
In time this approach could also lead to the production of visually stunning architectural panels.
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Mobile electron beam welding

Mobile electron beam welding provides the solution for fabricating large structures


A steel tubular, representative of a wind turbine tower foundation structure, in preparation for 'out-of-vacuum-chamber EB welding

Continuous developments in out-of-vacuum-chamber EB technology are pushing at techno-economic barriers previously preventing the uptake of single pass, thick-section, low distortion electron beam (EB) welding of large pressure vessels and structural fabrications. The ability to use EB technology outside a vacuum chamber, coupled with the introduction of new sliding seal vacuum technology means that the welding process is given greater mobility enabling an increasing number of technical applications and commercial opportunities across a range of industries.

In conjunction with the ManOS� (Cost-Effective Manufacture of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations) project, and specifically to showcase its reduced pressure EB gun and the capabilities of mobile local vacuum sliding seal technology, TWI hosted a recent seminar and technical demonstration at its Low Carbon Energy Manufacturing Technology Centre in Middlesbrough, UK. The event on 19 April 2012 was attended by partners of the ManOS project (see below) and delegates from UK industry and academia with interests in large-scale steel fabrication and offshore wind power engineering.

Chris Punshon, Consultant, Electron Beam Processes at TWI began by presenting the progress made by the ManOS project, which aims to enable faster, efficient and cheaper production of offshore marine foundations. The project, funded by the UK TSB, has successfully developed and demonstrated EB wedding in thick section steels with offshore application relevance and validated the resulting metallurgical and mechanical properties. The ManOS partnership comprises TWI, Nippon Steel Corporation and Aquasium Technology Ltd, with KBR acting in a consultative role.

Chris introduced the focus of the event - the demonstration of a full penetration, 60mm wall thickness, 1300mm longitudinal seam weld in a 2350mm diameter S355 steel tubular (representative of an offshore wind turbine tower foundation structure), which took less than 6 minutes to complete.

Prof. T Ishikawa, Nippon Steel Corporation, Japan, concluded by presenting delegates with details of a proprietary grade of S355 steel, which has recently been granted Germanischer Lloyd's approval for EB welding due to its excellent as-welded and post-weld heat treated properties, including exemplary sub-zero impact toughness.

All attendees noted that they were impressed by the demonstration, the technology supporting the EB welding capability, and the opportunities that this mobile variant brings for application of EB welding to large structures where conventional EB has been prohibited due to the need to operate within a vacuum chamber.�

Please contact Chris Punshon chris.punshon@twi.co.uk� for further details or if you wish to explore this technology further for your applications.

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