This is a Member only event, specifically for members of the London, Kent, Southern and Eastern Counties Branches of The Welding Institute. Other members may be able to attend should spaces become available.
Overview: Japanese sword blades are a composite of varying carbon content steels forge welded together and selectively quenched. The sword is then polished in such a way as to reveal the metallurgical structures, making the sword both a weapon and a work of art.. The talk will briefly cover the types, fittings and assembly of the sword before looking at the production of the steel, the forge welding of a blade, the heat treatment that the blade receives on completion and the metallurgical processes involved
Speaker Gene Mathers CEng FWeldI
Speaker Biography Gene has over 40 years industrial experience working in pipeline, power generation, heavy engineering, nuclear and the pressure vessel fabrication industries. He worked for NEI-International Combustion Ltd. as the company’s Welding and Metallurgy Manager and latterly Quality Manager for some 10 years before joining TWI Ltd in 1991 as Manager, School of Welding Technology, where he controlled and administered courses ranging from hands on skills training to classroom based welding engineering courses for postgraduate engineers. He then moved into the role of Principal Consultant in the Manufacturing Services Group before taking retirement in 2007. Since then he has provided a welding engineering consultancy service as a private consultant.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development. You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event. As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.
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