Residual Stress Workshop 2011
27- 30th September
This year’s Residual Stress Workshop was held during a particularly hot and sunny week for the UK. The event, jointly organised by VEQTER and the University of Bristol, was once again held in the Queen’s Building of the University and ran from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th September. It was well attended with delegates visiting from all over the world and from a good range of industries.
The Workshop contained presentations from distinguished experts on a wide range of techniques, such as Contour & Slitting (Mike Hill, UC Davis, California), FE Modelling & Simulations (Mike Smith, British Energy), Applications within the Nuclear Industry (Paul Hurrell, Rolls Royce), Neutron & Synchrotron Diffraction (Axel Steuwer, ESS Scandinavia), Applications within the Aerospace Industry (Jeremy Robinson, University of Limerick), as well as demonstrations and presentations on X-ray Diffraction (Judith Shackleton, University of Manchester), Deep-Hole-Drilling (Ed Kingston, VEQTER Limited), ICHD (Ash Bowman, VEQTER Limited), Emerging Technologies (Chris Truman, University of Bristol) and a lively debate on Aims, Future Needs and Trends from David Smith, University of Bristol.
An informal evening reception was held on Monday 26th September at the delegates hotel, the Bristol Marriott Royal. This Victoria-style hotel is in a fabulous location in Bristol, situated next to Bristol Cathedral, the historic waterfront and a short distane away from the Workshop venue. The evening, which was well attended, was the first of its kind for the VEQTER Workshop and allowed delegates and speakers to meet and network, prior to commencement of the Workshop the following morning.
During the afternoon of Wednesday 28th September, a visit by coach was organised to ISIS, part of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford, where delegates and speakers were given a tour, demo and presentation of the ENGIN-X and Jeep Diffractometers.
This visit was followed by the event dinner which was held at the Castle Inn Hotel in scenic Castle Coombe, a popular stopping point for overseas and UK visitors alike. Good food and wine was enjoyed, making for a very pleasant evening for all.
Feedback received from delegates was that it was a very well organised and interesting Workshop, with a good mix of lectures and practical demonstrations.
We look forward to planning our next Workshop in 2013 and hope we can meet and exceed our aim, which is to enable particpants to become knowledgeable about the main residual stress measurement and modelling techniques. If we can have the same weather as this year as well, that would be a bonus!