Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference


Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii

July 16-20, 2017




Opening Ceremony and Plenary Session

Dr. Stewart Williams
Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre
Cranfield University

Topic:  "Large Scale Metal Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture for Pipes and Pressure Vessels"

Additive manufacture of large engineering structural parts is currently of great interest to industry in general. The only realistic processes for this are those based on wire feed technology and the status of these will be briefly reviewed. Wire + Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM) shows the highest level business benefit and examples of systems, capabilities and associated material properties will be given.  There are many potential applications of WAAM for production of pressure vessels and pipe structures which will be highlighted. Developments required for WAAM to allow industrial application including the approach towards qualification will be discussed.

Thomas R. Kurfess, Ph.D., P.E.
HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor
George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia USA

Topic: "High Performance Computing and Big Data the Parents of the Digital Twin"

Description: Sensors are ubiquitous in modern manufacturing operations, and they generate significant quantities of data. With the advent of low cost, readily available broad band communication and virtually infinite cloud storage, many of the old stigmatisms related to taking data from a plant are no longer of concern. However, the question still remains as to what to do with the data. This lecture will discuss the use of large scale data sets from production operations and how they can be leveraged to better understand not only traditional operations, but untapped opportunities from data that are readily available today. Such opportunities provide an improved platform for classical analytic techniques as well as more modern, data intensive approaches to process and operations modeling. The talk will then focus on a specific next generation digital representations and their application to pressure vessels and piping. Examples will be given for both manufacturing operations (additive and subtractive) and validation/verification, as well as how this capability is extensible to cloud computing operations, and next generation technology and business models such as Desktop as a Service (DAAS). The talk will conclude with a discussion of the technology, workforce and infrastructural directions and needs to fully enable the next generation digital twin, and where such a capability will drive the future of manufacturing.