Open Day sparks the start of a new era of research for TWI
Open Day sparks the start of a new era of research for TWI

Over 90 Industrial Members and technical experts visited TWI for the company’s first open day in over eight years. It was a day to showcase the breadth of new and existing expertise, capabilities and services at the culmination of a £60m build project to establish technical facilities for a new era of research and education in materials joining and engineering.

3D printing (laser additive manufacture), linear friction welding, and X-ray microscopy were among the eye-catching technical demonstrations presented by TWI staff along the route at the organisation’s recent open day at its new buildings in Cambridge.

Chief Executive Christoph Wiesner welcomed visitors with a background to the build project and introduced short presentations on the National Structural Integrity Research Centre for postgraduate education, and a look at highlights from TWI’s 70-year knowledge base. Invention and innovation in welding and joining at TWI have shaped the path of progress for many industrial sectors.

Visitors then took part in a tour covering 11 technology stations and more than 10 exhibition areas across five connected buildings and engineering laboratories. Demonstrations and displays represented all areas of TWI business including the world renowned Library, Training and Examinations, The Welding Institute and group company Pi Ltd. During the afternoon, industry guests took part in a series of sector specific briefings and workshops focused on current needs and technical advances.

During this all-day event, both a poster and banner from the CORSAIR project (an FP7 project, using funding allocated by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. Grant Agreement no. ACS3-GA-2013-605207) were showcased, highlighting aerospace related research into the key technology of cold spray deposition.
The CORSAIR banner was located with banners relating to other ongoing projects, and the CORSAIR poster was prominently located in the Thermal Spraying Laboratory at TWI where an estimated 60 people attended demonstrations throughout the day and evening. Members with an interest in titanium, aerospace, aluminium or coating deposition were able to view the poster during laboratory tours. Dr. Roger Barnett and Dr. Alexandru Cazacu (both TWI) were on hand to answer questions relating to TWI’s contribution to the CORSAIR project.

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