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TWI Assisting ‘Big Science’ EB Manufacturing

Fri, 11 March, 2022

TWI has been assisting the work of scientists at Daresbury Laboratory near Warrington as they seek to answer some of the biggest questions in physics through the development of the world’s most powerful high-energy neutrino beam.

We’re pleased to be working with The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to further the UKs ‘big-science’ manufacturing capabilities and also look forward to finding wider industrial applications for the new specialist 15kW, 150kV electron beam welding machine at TWI.

As well as being a high vacuum, high cleanliness machine, the unique capabilities include a down-bore welding attachment, which allows us to bend the electron beam 90º and weld from the inside of a component. Back-scattered electron imaging for visibility, multiple EB gun positions, BeamAssureTM quality assurance and future-proof physical and electrical connectivity, combine to allow for the use of advanced I4.0 weld monitoring and control as required.

Speaking on our electron beam capabilities, principal project leader, Tim Mitchell said, “The new EB machine is a great addition to those currently at TWI and fits well with our current focus in aerospace and nuclear industrial sectors. The machine also offers opportunities to explore some unique technology in the down-bore welding attachment, which will give some interesting results to watch out for.”

You can find out more about the work of the scientists at the Daresbury Laboratory, here.

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