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Aerospace Testing Webinar

Webinars 22 February 2023

Joint TWI and TEC-Eurolab Webinar: Aerospace Testing
Time: 09.30am-12pm, UK/10.30am-1pm, Italy

Manufacturing in the Aerospace industry involves many different materials, processes and teams working together, or supplying each other, to produce a highly complex and safety critical product. One of the most important stages in production is the testing phase, which will determine that the product will perform very safely and according to design criteria. This sector is in the midst of a new technology revolution, largely driven by the central theme of “Net Zero”. With this ambition comes challenges around new legislation, new materials, processes, designs, propulsion methods and new skills. In tandem is the demand for increased scrutiny on product-development procedures and the need to reduce development costs without reducing safety, performance, durability or quality.

TWI and Tec Eurolab have long and distinguished track records in delivering bespoke, standard and innovative testing services to all parts of the Aerospace sector. We are delighted to offer this free and open webinar and invite you to join us in exploring current and evolving test requirements and methods in Aerospace.

We will also discuss some of the shifting trends in the sector, which will inform how testing might develop to accommodate the current disruptive nature of change.

We shall also allude to both the similarities, and any distinctions, between Aerospace and Space.

The workshop will encourage, and value, interaction between delegates and speakers, not least in learning from the 'coalface' and identifying practical issues and real experience. It is envisaged that follow up dialogue and subsequent similar webinars will transpire.

Confirmed Speakers

  • NDT practice and innovations for Aerospace: Ian Cooper, TWI Ltd
  • NADCAP requirements for aerospace/
    Failure analysis/corrosion testing for Aerospace: Michele Sale - TEC-Eurolab
  • Testing materials in Hydrogen environments: Dorothy Winful, TWI Ltd
  • NDT for the Aerospace Sector: Stefano Benuzzi, TEC-Eurolab
  • Fatigue and Fracture Testing: Emre Akgun, TWI


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Prof. Ian Cooper - Technology Fellow - Advanced NDE

Prof. Ian Cooper

Technology Fellow - Advanced NDE

Ian is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in Non-destructive testing (NDT). On joining TWI in 2005 as a principle project leader at the specialist NDT Centre in Port Talbot, he specialised in NDT of composites. More recently, his work has concentrated on advanced NDT methods and automated robotic inspection systems and he was promoted to Technology Fellow in 2015.

A recognised expert in the inspection of composites and other difficult materials, he leads the highly successful IntACOM programme developing rapid automated inspection systems for composites and complex geometries. In 2016 he and co-authors were awarded the John Grimwade Medal for a paper on this work.

He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and is widely published in NDT and aerospace journals. He is President of the BINDT with effect from 1st Jan 2023 and is active and influential on a number of committees that guide the development, application, training and certification of NDT. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, Trinity St David. In 2019 Ian received the BINDT Ann Birt award for NDE research and development and technology strategy development. 


Michele Sale - Laboratory Manager

Michele Sale

Laboratory Manager
TEC Eurolab srl

Michele holds a Master degree (M.S. Equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently appointed as Material Testing Center Manager. Michele is leading technical direction within the company along production activities. He is an expert on welding metallurgy, Laser Metal Deposition (LMD), Additive Manufacturing, Laboratory and Metallurgical Engineering. As Technical Manager of the Material Testing Center, he deals with Mechanical, Chemical, Metallurgical, Environmental tests and Nadcap Certifications.

Dorothy Winful - Senior Project Leader, Materials and Structural Integrity Group

Dorothy Winful

Senior Project Leader, Materials and Structural Integrity Group

Dorothy graduated with a first class Master’s Degree (MEng) in General Engineering from the University of Leicester in 2014 and completed a PhD investigating the elevated temperature performance of high strength steels (HSS) for structural fire design guidelines with Brunel University and TWI Ltd.

Dorothy joined TWI in December 2017 as a Project Leader within the Materials Group. She has led several failure investigation projects related to ferrous components ranging from small components for automotive applications to large offshore structures. In addition, Dorothy has led and supported the material testing of alloys in extreme environments including high-pressure gaseous hydrogen for the aerospace industry and sour environments for the oil and gas industry.

Stefano Benuzzi - NDT Laboratory Manager

Stefano Benuzzi

NDT Laboratory Manager
TEC Eurolab srl

Stefano holds a Master degree (M.S. Equivalent) in Applied Physics and Physics of material. He is currently appointed as NDT Manager and responsible for Level 3 concerns of the technical analysis of customer requirements and the definition of the best control methodology to ensure a component meets the quality requirements for which it was designed. These results are guaranteed by the NADCAP and 17025 accreditations for which he is directly responsible. 

Emre Akgun - Senior Project Leader

Emre Akgun

Senior Project Leader

Emre is a Chartered Engineer of the Welding Institute and a Senior Project Leader in the Fatigue and Fracture Integrity Management Section at TWI Ltd.

Emre joined TWI as an affiliate within the NSIRC PhD programme in May 2018, his main area is metal fatigue, more specifically fatigue assessment of welded joints and growth of small cracks, which correspond to assessment of service induced or manufacturing flaws in practice. Emre has been involved in both experimental stage to characterise mechanical behaviour of materials and as well as stress analysis stage for lifing and dimensioning of load bearing components. He has been active in the hydropower (turbines and steel structures), tidal energy and metal additive manufacturing (mainly titanium alloys) industries.

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