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Guidance on best practice for welding for the nuclear construction industry
Article Type: Conferences, training and publications From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 59, Issue 6
Welding quality assurance, welding skills and the introduction of new technologies are the three focus areas behind a series of recommendations set out for the nuclear construction industry in support of the 2012 Nuclear Construction Lessons Learned study report. A working group from the Engineering the Future alliance, with lead authors Sayee Raghunathan and Paul Jones from TWI, published The Royal Academy of Engineering guidance earlier this year.
In summary, the Guidance on best practice: welding document includes a recommended approach to quality assurance, referencing ASME and RCC/ETC codes/standards with detailed discussion of the relevance of the ISO 3834 framework – welding-specific quality assurance. In terms of skill requirements, guidance to the nuclear construction industry is to encourage, influence and define – alongside relevant skills and certification bodies – detailed skills requirements and competencies. This drive for improved industry co-ordination of new or adapted welding technologies and associated skills, in the light of an increasing number of new build nuclear construction projects, will enable realisation of the benefits in weld quality.
TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies.
Established at Abington, Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with several facilities across the globe, the company has a first class reputation for service though its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff, whose knowledge and expertise are available to its Members as and when they require. The company employs over 700 staff, serving 700 Member companies across 4,500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, The Welding Institute, with a separate membership of 6,000 individuals.
More information is available from: www.twi.co.uk