NMMU's ground-breaking welding technology showcased

DECEMBER 1, 2015

The technology used in WeldCore® - an award-winning sampling and repair process in partnership with Eskom – will be showcased and demonstrated to create awareness in the South African Science & Technology sector on Wednesday.

"Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), with the support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), has reached ground-breaking milestones with this local technology which we believe will now even stronger penetrate international market boundaries," the university said in a statement.

"Industry application of WeldCore® was recently approved by the world's leading engineering body, ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) making NMMU the first South African University to receive this type of accreditation. ASME accreditation also opens this technology to an international market."

The accreditation follows 15 years of research by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's engineering technology station, eNtsa, which has spearheaded a number of innovative engineering solutions.  

"Some of the inventions include the design and development of one of the smallest remote controlled Friction Stir Welding Platform for performing partial penetration repair welds for the nuclear industry. This was enabled by developing a ground breaking 'low force' welding strategy," the NMMU said.

The aim of TMS004 is to "Create an application portfolio to support the commercialisation of the WeldCore® Technology and Friction Hydro Pillar Processing”.