TWI demonstrates solutions for aero engineering at the Advanced Engineering Show


TWI Ltd took the lead in demonstrating product and process solutions for the aerospace industry at the recent Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

The organisation exhibited a number of capabilities within the Aero Engineering zone, including inspection, additive manufacturing, thermal spraying and linear friction welding, which involved showing the world’s largest linear friction welded component. One area of particular interest was refill friction stir spot welding technology, capable of joining thin sheet aluminium of up to 3mm for the top layer.

TWI had several experts speaking at the show, including Associate Director, Robert Scudamore who chaired a session offering an overview of Additive Manufacturing from research and development through to commercial exploitation for part build and repair.

Surface Engineering Consultant, Dave Harvey presented an introduction to Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing, explaining how the cold spray process can be used as a coating, repair or additive manufacturing technology. He also provided an overview of cold spray material characteristics and properties, including several examples of product development.

Finally, Advanced NDT Technology Fellow, Professor Ian Cooper discussed the state of evolution of NDT techniques for the in-line and post-build inspection of additively manufactured components.

The show’s programme floor provided ample opportunity for delegates to meet fellow engineering professionals and exhibitors, with a keynote speech on the importance of Connected Manufacturing by Mark Garnier, MP, Minister for Investment and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade, proving very popular.

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