Over the course of 2017, EASL will be attending a number of engineering conferences across the country, either as exhibitors, delegates or presenting papers and talks.
Two of our young engineers, Tom Hurst and Mike Orton, attended a FESI conference in Manchester, on 16th and 17th May 2017. The conference was a collaboration between FESI and CSIC. It represented the first time a CSIC conference has been held outside of China.
Mike describes his experience and thoughts on the event.
“This was the first engineering conference I had attended. I found it was an eye-opening experience and a great introduction to the wider engineering community outside the office doors. I did not have the chance to produce a paper myself but took the opportunity to fully engage in the event.
The International Symposium on Structural Integrity arranged the conference in conjunction with FESI. It was a great opportunity for Chinese delegates to present and share engineering ideas with their counterparts from the UK.
Chinese and UK based speakers predominantly made up the delegates. Though, presenters from all over the globe were in attendance, with speakers from Canada, Spain, Japan, Korea, Netherlands and USA.
Academic, research driven papers made up the majority of those presented. Industrial based papers were in the minority. There was a focus on welding and defect tolerance during the first and second days respectively. I found the most interesting presentation to be an analysis on the treatment of bending stresses due to internal pressure in different assessment codes and their inconsistencies. This was presented by Dr Katsumasa Miyazaki from Hitachi in Japan.
It was a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of people and discuss new and exciting on-going research. There was also the opportunity to catch up with known faces also present from industry.
I look forward to attending future conferences and having the opportunity to present my own paper.”
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