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North Scottish Branch talk: Innovative UK Funded Project To Industrialise Low Vacuum Electron Beam Welding

  • 23 Feb 2023
  • 6:00 PM
  • Online (Zoom)

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New Energy Applications at Cambridge Vacuum Engineering.

North Scottish Branch Technical Talk

This is a joint event organised by our North Scottish Branch and the Scottish Association for Metals (SAM). Members of both organisations and non-members are very welcome to join us.

Overview:- Over the last 2 years, SSE, Sif, CVE and TWI have undertaken an Innovate UK funded project to industrialise Low Vacuum Electron Beam Welding. The aim of the project was to deliver an EB longitudinally welded can (Tower Section) onto Dogger Bank windfarm, the world’s largest windfarm at the time of planning. The project was successfully completed in January 2023, having achieved DNV Technical Qualification of the welding process, with supporting mechanical testing and Engineering Criticality Assessment. The forward steps are now to look at circumferential welding and to industrialise the process, which will lead to cost reductions in welding of 80% and a productivity increase of approx. 20x. This presentation will cover the background of the technology, the project management and obstacles encountered, and how Scotland and the UK have learnt lessons on how to be innovative.

Speakers:-

James MacArthur CEng FIMMM

(SSE Mechanical Engineering Manager E&I Technical Authority - Materials)

Chris Punshon CEng FWeldI

(Head of New Energy Applications, Cambridge Vacuum Engineering)

Speaker Biographies:-  

James MacArthur:- James graduated in 1996 from Strathclyde University with a degree in Metallurgy and Engineering Materials. He started his career with British Steel and entered the power industry in 2004 with Mitsui Babcock (Now Doosan Power Systems). James joined SSE in 2013 as Materials TA, which was his role at the start of Rapidweld, where he was the project manager of the Innovate UK project, and is now the Mechanical Engineering Manager for Onshore Renewables and Hydro Engineering and Innovation function.


Chris Punshon:-Chris is a Fellow of The Welding Institute and graduated with an Honours degree in Metallurgy from Sheffield University. Over the years, he has developed his expertise in the field of power beam (EB) welding and application. Most recently he has focused on business development in the Decarbonisation of Power production and the Energy transition including Wind, Geothermal power, Nuclear power plant, waste and decommissioning, Fusion development and Next Generation nuclear power plant sectors. Chris has worked on a wide range of power generation projects and developed strong connections with colleagues in related industries and academic institutions. Chris is Head of New Energy Applications at Cambridge Vacuum Engineering.

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.

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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.


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