Thu, 09 May, 2019
A group of around 50 delegates from different Chinese universities and research organisations visited TWI’s facilities near Cambridge on 7 May 2019.
The delegates were at TWI for the two-day ESIA15 / ISSI 2019 International Conference on structural integrity. This annual conference alternates between being held in China and the UK, uniting experts from both countries.
While they were visiting, the delegates, who were mostly university professors, were given a tour of TWI’s laboratories with a particular focus on fracture, fatigue, surfacing and NDT.
As well as the laboratory tours, the delegates were also given a series of talks, with TWI’s Innovation and Skills Director Tat-Hean Gan offering details of the Innovation Network, Yanhui Zhang speaking on fatigue-based structural integrity, Guiyi Wu covering fracture in structural integrity, Lu Zhao providing information about non-destructive testing and structural integrity, and Phil McNutt speaking on surface coatings.
While the conference allowed TWI’s experts a chance to share their knowledge with the delegates, the visit also provided an opportunity to create and solidify relationships between TWI and the Chinese universities themselves.
Professor Tu, who headed up the Chinese delegation, said that they were very impressed by the extensive research activities and testing capacities at TWI, adding that they are looking for opportunities for closer cooperation with TWI in the future.