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RTD Project Manager

Profile: TWI was established in 1946 and is one of Europe’s foremost independent not-for-profit research and technology organisations, employing over 600 people with an annual turnover of €60 million. TWI works across all industry sectors with expertise in key aspects of NDT, materials and materials joining. Over 50% of TWI’s activity is contract research, funded by industry and built around the development of advanced technologies. TWI is also an active participant in collaborative research programmes in Europe and the UK. TWI has two main NDT Research Centres based at Abington, Cambridge and Port Talbot, South Wales. These centres cover the broad spectrum of NDT development for single client contracts, joint industry sponsored projects, UK Government projects and European projects.

Role in the project: Project Manager on behalf of the Project Coordinator, Chem Resist. TWI has a major role in most of the work packages, including the manufacture of the welded samples containing known flaws, the development of the ultrasonic inspection techniques and equipment, assessment of the prototype inspection system in the field, and dissemination of the results.

Previous experience relating to the role and tasks: TWI has a wealth of experience in the management of collaborative projects and is currently involved in around 40 European projects. It is also a world leader in the welding, mechanical testing and NDE of plastics.

Reasons for selection by the SMEs: The SMEs have selected TWI to manage the technical work programme and to have a leading research role because of its successful delivery of European NDE and welding/joining projects, its proven technical excellence in NDE and industrial applications, its 15 years of experience in ultrasonic phased array ultrasonic and TOFD technology, and 25 years of experience in the field of welding plastics.

Expected derived benefits from project: TWI will benefit because it sees the in-service inspection of thermoplastic tanks as a strategic worldwide target for future technology developments and because it wants to develop ultrasonic NDT for further specific industrial applications.