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TWI Experts Present at UltraWire Workshop

Fri, 03 July, 2020

Three of TWI’s experts took part in the UltraWire Workshop on the 2nd of July.

TWI’s advanced composites expert, Chris Worrall, presented on SurFlowTM, TWI’s patented technology that uses electromagnetic surface waves to transmit data directly through composite structures.

Corporate Sector Manager, Chris Wiseman along with Senior Project Leader Fokion Oikonomidis introduced TWI’s Technology Engineering. Chris Wiseman presented the benefits of industrial membership and the various channels of cooperation that are available at TWI. Fokion presented TWI’s technical capabilities for mechanical testing and provided an update on TWI’s involvement in the validation of graphene sensors under the Innovate UK funded project GRAPHOSITE (Project reference 104266)

About Chris Worrall

Chris Worrall is a Consultant at TWI responsible for providing composites joining, manufacture, processing and testing services to both members and through public funded projects.

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

Chris holds a PhD in the field of impact of composite sandwich structures in addition to a BSc in metallurgy and materials science, and spent 10 years working in Japan before returning to the UK and joining TWI. Recently, Chris was part of the SurFlow™ team at TWI that won a Composites UK Innovation award.

About Chris Wiseman

Chris Wiseman is Corporate Sector Manager at TWI Ltd, for both the Aerospace and Equipment, Consumables and Materials sectors. He also has a specific geographic responsibility for TWI Industrial Members in India and in supporting TWI’s exciting growth there. As a Materials Scientist of many years’ experience, he has contributed to a number of technologies, including, corrosion prevention, thermomechanical forming, novel testing, process optimisation, joining and surface treatments. Today his role is focused on developing technical and commercial opportunities for TWI and its Industrial Members around the world.

About Fokion Oikonomidis

Dr Fokion Oikonomidis joined TWI in 2012 and has since developed expertise in small and large-scale fracture toughness testing in air, seawater, and sour environments. Fokion has been the quality advisor of the Materials and Structural Integrity group in Cambridge since 2014. He has also supervised postgraduate students in National Structural Integrity Research Centre. During the six years before joining TWI, he worked in the area of Fracture Mechanics both in a research centre in Belgium and during his first PhD at the University of Bristol. Fokion is a chartered mechanical engineer with work experience in the fields of water and wastewater treatment, building services, health and safety and business process management in the aerospace industry. Fokion has served in the Hellenic Air Force and has an MBA degree in general business administration from the University of Hull. He recently obtained his second PhD in Management at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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