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EMFWeld - Electromagnetic fields in welding

EMFWELD research project to increase knowledge and understanding of worker’s exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the fabrication industry.

Employers in the European Union will be required to ensure that worker’s exposure to EMF is assessed, minimised and below the levels set out in the new EMF Directive (2013/35/EU) published on 26 June 2013. EMFWELD is a European Union funded research project which will develop an interactive web based software application to calculate and assess workers exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) in metal fabrication, particularly welding and non-destructive testing (NDT). The goals of the project are to: • improve knowledge of EMF in welding and inspection • provide tools for the correct assessment of worker’s exposure to EMF • reduce the cost of compliance with the EMF Directive for SMEs Some welding and NDT processes are believed to be high emitters of EMF, but there is a lack of good information and measurements, on which to base an assessment of welder’s exposures and to compare the exposure to limit values. In many cases a simple measurement may not be sufficient to demonstrate compliance with the forthcoming Directive, so complex numerical modelling will be required to make a full assessment. Without clear guidance and support, European industry and particularly SMEs, will be put at a competitive disadvantage. EMFWELD aims to lower SMEs cost of compliance with the forthcoming EMF Directive by providing an innovative, economic, easily accessible, and accurate EMF exposure risk assessment software toolkit. The expertise of the project partners in welding processes, measurement and numerical modelling of EMF will ensure the successful development of this software application. The project is comprised of a transnational consortium, which includes seven partners (EWF, CEEMET, SWANTEC, INACEINOX, LINK MICROTEK, TWI, and CHALMERS). The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement no. FP7-SME-2012-2-315382. For more information please visit:


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