Friction stir welding training from the inventors of the process

Friction stir welding training from the inventors of the process

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 1991.

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 joining process.

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 adopting FSW.

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 course together.

You can enrol on either of the above courses via their pages on the TWI Training website.

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 trainexam@twitraining.com.

For more information on friction stir welding visit the friction stir welding pages on the TWI website.