Lessons from Catastrophic Weld Failures

10 Jan 2018

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West of England Metals & Materials Association Joint Lecture with TWI


Dr Geoff Booth CEng FWeldI


Welding is an enabling technology that is fundamental to many economically vital and visually exciting structures such as bridges, ships and offshore structures. Society expects these structures to perform safely for many years. However, not all of them do. The consequences of these structural failures can be devastating.

The presentation will review catastrophic failures in bridges, boilers, ships and offshore structures. The main engineering reasons for each failure will be described. Lessons will be drawn from each case study and it will be shown how these lessons have been used to develop current engineering design practice.


Members and non-Members are welcome



7.00 for 7.30pm



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About the Speaker

Geoff has been closely involved with many aspects of welding for more than 30 years. He has provided consultancy services for industry and has also managed research projects through his work at TWI. He teaches International Welding Engineer courses at the Open University and his leisure activities are all concerned with avoiding gardening.


Venue and booking

Event Location: 
3rd floor Berry Lecture Theatre
School of Physics
University of Bristol
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Dr Richard Ball


tel. 01225 386944

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