MMRG PhD student, Ross Williams, recently attended the Strategic Partnership Conference organised by Rolls-Royce plc. This conference is held to purvey research which has occurred through a partnership between Rolls-Royce, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and academic institutions. Ross was flying the flag for Scotland even though the University of Glasgow is not in the partnership as an institution, as his funding and project are closely related to key Rolls-Royce objectives around friction welding.
Held at the Vale Resort near Cardiff, the conference featured a broad spectrum of presentations; from computational mechanics to experimental mechanics, materials characterisation and even some machine learning. Ross presented recent work of his and his colleagues Dr Daniele Barbera, Mark Docherty, and Dr Andrew McBride, alongside presentations from PhD students also working on friction welding technologies at Birmingham and Swansea Universities.