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Structural Technology & Materials



With the development of extremely powerful computational methods, such as the finite element method, it is now possible to model highly complex engineering systems and processes. Evaluating key methods to optimise your manufacturing processes whilst reducing development times for new products and systems, the lessons learnt at this seminar will impact across manufacturing industries from aerospace to power generation. The innovative methods explored will enable you to understand how state-of-the-art modelling manufacturing processes can apply to:

  • additive manufacturing
  • residual stresses
  • welding
  • severe plastic deformations
  • metal cutting
  • abrasive water-jets
  • drilling and machining

Join highly experienced researchers to explore methods and simulations and ensure your work is modelled effectively, efficiently and correctly.

Early booking discounts until 18/09/2013


  • Day 1
    • 09:30 Registration and refreshments
    • 10:15 Welcome and Introduction
    • 10:25 Simulation of additive manufacturing
      Professor Ian Ashcroft, Professor of Mechanics of Solids, University of Nottingham
    • 11:00 Designing for additive layer manufacturing
      Dr Baljesh Mehmi, Senior Account Manager, ALTAIR

      •    Benefits of Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)
      •    Demonstration of how simulation tools could be used to take advantage of the ALM process
      •    Case studies from some of the leading OEM’s and live demonstrations
    • 11:35 Refreshments
    • 12:05 Simulation of drilling and micromachining
      Professor Vadim Silberschmidt, Professor of Mechanics of Materials, Loughborough University
    • 12:40 Simulation of abrasive water-jets
      Professor Dragos Axinte, Director of UTC, University of Nottingham
    • 13:15 Lunch
    • 14:15 Finite element modelling of the fusion welding of martensitic steel
      Dr Anas Yaghi, Senior Research Engineer, Manufacturing Technology Centre
    • 14:50 Residual stress and distortion control of aerospace discs
      Dr Stan Nikov, Stress Technologist, Rolls-Royce

      •    Disc process modelling
      •    Modelling processes of quenching, ageing, machining, shot peening and welding
      •    Optimising component residual stresses to increase quality and reduce cost
    • 15:25 Refreshments
    • 15:55 Optimising manufacturing processes to produce higher quality products quickly and efficiently
      Stephen King, Senior Technical Specialist, SIMULIA

      •    Latest FE Technologies available in the SIMULIA suite of analysis software
    • 16:30 Deploying the Virtual Body Shop:giving confidence in Right First Time manufacture
      Maurice Linscott, Country Manager, ESI Group
    • 17:05 Discussion
    • 17:15 Chairman’s conclusions
    • 17:20 Close of seminar


Dr Anas Yaghi
Senior Research Engineer, Manufacturing Technology Centre
Professor Dragos Axinte
Director of University Technology Centre, University of Nottingham

Dragos Axinte is Professor of Manufacturing and Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing; he is an active researcher in the areas of machining technologies, and competence in modelling & control methods of energy beam processes at macro (abrasive waterjet) and meso/macro (pulsed laser ablation) levels to enable the generation of freeforms.

After the completion of his PhD and ten years in R&D in industry, Dragos was recipient of two NATO Advanced Research Fellowships working in the metrological aspects of machining. He then moved to the University of Birmingham to carry out research in high speed machining. Since 2001 he has been working at the University of Nottingham in the field of advanced machining operations and systems. Professor Axinte currently coordinates research projects with overall value in excess of £10 million from various funding agencies (FP7, TSB, EPSRC, industry). He has over 75 journal publications, 6 patents and is Regional Editor of I. J. of Mach. Tools and Manuf., Fellow of IMechE, Fellow of the International Academy of Production Engineering – CIRP and since 2006 Guest Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Professor Vadim Silberschmidt
Chair of Mechanics of Materials, Loughborough University
Professor Vadim Silberschmidt was appointed to the Chair of Mechanics of Materials at the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University, UK in 2000. He heads the Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group and is Associate Dean (Research). He is a Charted Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering and Institute of Physics, where he also chaired Applied Mechanics Group in 2008-2011. He is also a member of the editorial boards of international journals 'Materials Science and Engineering A', ‘Computers, Materials and Continua’, ‘International Journal of Automotive Composites’ and Associated Editor of ‘Shock and Vibration’. He has co-authored two research monographs and more than 300 peer reviewed scientific papers on mechanics and micromechanics of deformation, damage and fracture in advanced materials.
Maurice  Linscott
Country Manager, ESI UK
With more than 30 years’ experience in the engineering field, Maurice has amassed a broad wealth of knowledge, working with many of the world’s leading companies. His 13 years’ experience at British Aerospace, working with sophisticated missile systems, provided him with a strong basis in computer design techniques for a challenging domain. He has assisted many organisations to define and implement PLM solutions including numerical analysis and has always considered simulation a key enabling technology for business acceleration. Having supported and sold many engineering software solutions, he has a wide understanding of both process and product optimisation in many industry sectors including Auto, Aero and composites. As Regional Director for Altair in the UK, he was involved with helping UK companies ‘weather the storm’ of the 2009/10 crash; aiding Altair UK achieve growth in that difficult climate. Now working as the UK Country Manager for ESI, ; using simulation as a key enabler to achieve this. The talk will focus on companies working in the sheet metal manufacture domain, how they can deliver and contribute to achieving the ‘virtual Body Shop’ and the benefits this can deliver.

Baljesh Mehmi
Director: HyperWorks Business, Altair
Dr Baljesh Mehmi is a fellow of the IMechE, he has 10 years of experience in the virtual simulation of manufacturing processes such as sheet metal stamping, extrusion and welding. Following his Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in sheet metal forming at Swansea University, he went on to work in the field of manufacturing simulation at Corus Automotive Group. Eight years ago Baljesh joined Altair, he currently holds the role of Director: HyperWorks Business. Highly experienced across multiple industries, Baljesh specialises in virtual simulation of manufacturing processes. Recently, he has been working with several OEMs with a view to maximising the potential of ALM through simulation.

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