The JOIN’EM project addresses current shortcomings of more traditional welding technologies when joining dissimilar metal combinations. It aims to create a cost-effective and practical way of joining aluminium and copper. Joining by electromagnetic forming (EMF), also called electromagnetic pulse welding, is a promising innovative technology which can be used for welding of similar and dissimilar material combinations, including multiple combinations, which are difficult or impossible to join using conventional processes.
During the 12-month project meeting, several Mechanical Engineering students from University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Técnico, attended the workshop organized by EWF (a partner in JOIN’EM H2020 Project). These students showed the project partners their interest on this innovative solid state joining process.
For the participants it was a great opportunity to have a closer contact with the major players in the European Manufacturing industry, as well as with important research and technical development institutions.
The changes in manufacturing industry are requiring development of various joining technologies. Raising the interest on these technologies among the future engineers is a necessity that needs to be satisfied. In this way, industry can benefit from having qualified personnel with the necessary knowledge and skills.
In terms of the project dissemination this workshop showed one more time the importance to link the industry needs with the higher education environment, the necessity to have highly qualified personnel to easily adapt to the market challenges.
The JOIN’EM Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. H2020-FoF-2014-677660 — JOIN-EM.