New joint research venture to explore improved welding methods

The University of Leicester is spearheading the MintWeld joint research venture, a $7.1-million project funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Program, to find better welding methods.

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LEICESTER, UK -- The University of Leicester is spearheading the MintWeld joint research venture, a $7.1-million project funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Program, to find better welding methods. The project involves 11 partners from seven countries.

Failure of welds can start from minute imperfections but lead to major cracks and flaws. The 11 European collaborators will attempt to understand the process using computer modeling incorporating knowledge gained from laboratory and industrial experiments.

The information will be used to develop technology for welding deepwater gas and oil transportation systems. The joint research venture will take place over four years. It aims to help the manufacturing industry through the development of a commercial package.

The other institutions involved in the project are : University College Dublin Ireland, University of Oxford, NTNU Norway, Royal Institute of Technology Sweden, Delft University of Technology Netherlands, and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland. Partners representing the major European steel industries include CORUS UK, The Welding Institute UK, Institute of Welding Poland, and FRENZAK Sp. Poland.

“This project will deliver an accurate, predictive, and cost-effective modeling tool that will find widespread application in the relevant European metals industry for penetrating novel markets of high economic and strategic importance - an essential task to ensure that Europe maintains its competitiveness,” says Dr. Hong Dong from the University of Leicester’s engineering department.

10/16/2009

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