Anthony McAndrew, a PhD student who is sponsored by TWI and Boeing, has won the award for the best paper at the International Joint Symposium on Joining and Welding. The event, held in Osaka, Japan, in November 2013, attracted an international attendance and included over 50 papers from the field of welding and joining.
The work carried out by Anthony, co-supported by TWI and Boeing, considers linear friction welding (LFW) based modelling and focuses on using computational models to investigate the influence of the process inputs and workpiece geometries on the expulsion of surface impurities, such as oxides, from Titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V linear friction welds.
Anthony is using quantitative research to identify conditions that increase the likelihood of a Ti-6Al-4V linear friction weld being free from surface impurities, which can compromise weld performance. This information is of particular interest for the industrialisation of near-net-shape Ti-6Al-4V aerospace components.
On winning the prize, Anthony received a certificate and said: "As a young research engineer I was thrilled just to have my paper accepted for the conference. To be acknowledge by my peers as having produced a piece of work that warrants such a respectable award was hugely satisfying, particularly when one considers how many papers were presented. I am very grateful for the support provided to me by Cranfield University, TWI, and The Boeing Company to produce this award-winning paper."
For more information, contact Anthony's industrial supervisor at TWI, Bertrand Flipo.