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Joining Solutions for Next Generation Automotive Structures

  • 12 May 2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • Via Zoom Meeting
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This is a member only event, specifically for members of the Eastern Counties Branch of The Welding Institute. Other members may be able to attend should spaces become available.

Overview: The automotive industry is going through a period of rapid and dramatic change. The internal combustion engine technology that has served for 100 years is being replaced across the sector by electric technology. Electric vehicles may have lower emissions, but they are significantly heavier and a lot more expensive to make than their fuel burning cousins. The average car owner expects the same performance from an electric vehicle in terms of; crash safety, driving comfort, driving range, stopping distance and most importantly price! 

In order to achieve these conflicting requirements car makers are pushed to manufacture lighter weight higher performing structures, and use more exotic material mixes including ultra high strength steels, high strength aluminium, magnesium, polymers, carbon fibre composites and even wood! To assemble these complex structures joining technology has to step up and provide new solutions. And these new solution have to be reliable, and fast enough to operate in high speed mass production. 

This talk covers the joining process innovations and developments that are enabling the rapid advancement of modern automotive architectures.

Speaker: Sullivan Smith (Automotive Programme Manager, TWI)

Speaker Biography: Sullivan Smith joined TWI (The Welding Institute) in 2011 where he holds the position of Automotive Programme Manager. Prior to that he was employed by Tata Steel from 1998 through to 2011, working in resistance welding R&D and support for the automotive industry. 

Sullivan’s specialization is in resistance welding and mechanical fastening processes. His main tasks have been to provide technical support to the European automotive and general manufacturing sectors. Much of his experience is in the area of Advanced High Strength Steels and aluminium alloys. In recent years Sullivan has worked on the joining of dissimilar metal alloys and metal to composite joining. He is also the UK expert on the ISO standard committees for resistance welding and mechanical fastening of sheet materials. 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

Additional Information:

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