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Friction Stir Welding Symposium 2024 Review

Wed, 29 May, 2024

The 13th International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding and 3rd International Joint Symposium on Joining and Welding recently took place in Kyoto, Japan.

This flagship event, which took place from 21-23 May, 2024 and was supported by the Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, provided professionals with a forum to share and develop scientific and technical knowledge related to friction stir welding (FSW). The three-day event welcomed 130 attendees, representing around 70 companies and universities from 17 different countries.

A full programme of informative sessions covered topics related to techniques, fundamentals, FSW tools, materials, modelling, additive manufacturing, dissimilar materials joining, applications, performance, friction stir spot welding, and high temperature applications. In addition, there were a series of plenary sessions and poster presentations.

Fig 1. Symposium Plenary Session
Fig 1. Symposium Plenary Session

We were fortunate to be able to include presenters from a wide range of international academic and industrial organisations, while the event also offered plenty of opportunity for networking, including a social event at the Kyoto International Conference Centre that saw traditional Japanese drumming and the breaking of the saké barrel.

The International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding is held every two years, covering current and future techniques in friction stir welding as well as providing an unrivalled opportunity to meet leading international authorities on FSW including, researchers, practitioners, customers and suppliers.

This year’s event was held at Kyoto, which was once the capital of Japan and boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, classical Buddhist temples, and traditional wooden houses.

The would like to thanks all of the attendees as well as everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success.

The next symposium is due to take place in Europe in 2026.

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