Two courses coming up at TWI this autumn provide an opportunity to tap into the
benefits of friction stir welding (FSW), the welding process invented by TWI in
When TWI performed the first friction stir weld, it changed the world of materials
joining forever. In the 25 years since, TWI has developed and refined the technique
to the point where it is now being used to join a greater range of materials, in
more industry sectors, than ever before.
TWI offers a series of courses for personnel whose work involves or could involve
FSW. Offered at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level, the Award in Friction
Stir Welding programme covers everything there is to know about this solid-state
The Foundation Award in Friction Stir Welding requires no prior
knowledge of FSW. As such, it is suitable for not just technicians and engineers
considering carrying out FSW themselves, but also managers, buyers and product designers
whose work may indirectly involve the process.
This one-day course covers the basics of the technique, the current state of the
art, weld parameters and examples of FSW equipment. It will also feature demonstrations
of FSW in action.
The Intermediate Award in Friction Stir Welding takes a more
detailed look at working with the technique. Suitable principally for people who
will be operating FSW equipment, or those who will be specifying FSW as a means
of fabrication, this two-day course will give students the opportunity to gain hands-on
experience creating friction stir welds.
Taught in accordance with international standard ISO 25239, the Intermediate Award
will provide an invaluable education for any individual or organisation considering
Finally, the Advanced Award in Friction Stir Welding is designed for personnel
who are already experienced in working with FSW and wish to gain the in-depth knowledge
required to manage or implement the process in a production environment. Lasting
around five days, the course can be tailored to suit the client in a way that ensures
priority is given to the most valuable areas of subject coverage.
To ensure maximum relevancy, this bespoke course is usually delivered at the client’s
premises, using their own equipment.
The Foundation Award in Friction Stir Welding will next take
place on Tuesday 13 September, at TWI’s Rotherham Technology Centre.
The Intermediate Award in Friction Stir Welding will next take
place starting on Wednesday 14 September at the same venue; those seeking a complete
introduction to FSW might consider taking both the Foundation and the Intermediate
You can enrol on either of the above courses via their pages on the TWI Training
The Advanced Award in Friction Stir Welding is delivered to order.
If you are interested in finding out more or considering specifying a course for
your organisation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on friction stir welding visit the friction stir welding pages on the TWI website.
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