Dr Filomeno Martina, lecturer in additive manufacture at Cranfield University, has been recognised by The Welding Institute (TWI) for his early career successes and ongoing enthusiasm for research in the welding and joining industry.

The Richard Dolby – Rolls Royce biennial award is presented by TWI’s Younger Members Committee to a young person under 35 years of age who can demonstrate success in, and enthusiasm for, welding, joining and/or materials engineering at the early stage of their career.

Filomeno said: “I am very happy to receive this award and be recognised for the work I have done earlier on in my career.” He obtained both an MSc and PhD from Cranfield and now combines his research with teaching as a lecturer within the University’s Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre.

The annual award event recognises major contributions made by materials scientists and engineers in welding, joining and engineering-related technologies. The winner of the Richard Dolby – Rolls Royce award receives £1,000 and may have the opportunity to present their work at TWI events.

Dr Martina’s submission for the award was a paper about the development of in-process cold-work methods for Cranfield’s Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process. He said: “With the addition of such cold-work during the additive manufacture of metallic structures, we can now produce material properties that are even better than the equivalent forged alloys.

“If the other benefits of WAAM are taken into account, such as much shorter lead times and much less material waste, it means that now we can produce aerospace parts much faster, much cheaper, and without paying any mass penalty.”

Dr Filomena Martina collecting his TWI award
Dr Martina collecting his TWI award

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