Rules for Henry Granjon Prize

Rules for the Henri Granjon Prize

The Henry Granjon Prize Competition is an annual international competition among authors of papers devoted to research into welding technology or a related subject. The purpose of this Competition is to stimulate interest in welding and allied processes among young people.


To be eligible for the Competition, original scientific papers (theses, research reports, state-of-the-art surveys, etc.) must be proposed by responsible of Member Society, must not have been previously published, and must be based on recent work carried out at a University or an equivalent educational institution, or in industry. This work must either form part:
  • of a Master’s or Doctoral Degree project, or
  • of an industrial project at an equivalent technical level.

The work must fall within one of four main categories of technology related to joining, surfacing or cutting:

Category A: Joining and Fabrication Technology This category covers more specifically: Flame welding processes Arc welding processes Physics of the heat source (e.g. arc, laser) Prediction of heat source behaviour and weld zone shape Power sources for arc weldingThermal cutting Surfacing Welding robots Brazing and solderingJoining processes for plastics and ceramicsOrganization of welding plant

Category B: Materials Behaviour and Weldability This category covers more specifically: Test methods for assessing weldabilityCharacteristics of microstructure/macrostructureChoice of material according to service condition (e.g. wear, corrosion, creep)Structure-property relationshipsPrediction/modelling of metallographic structures (weld metal and HAZ)Cracking in weld zone area and other defect

Category C: Design and Structural Integrity This category covers more specifically: Joint designBehaviour of welded structures under different mechanical loadings (static, fatigue, creep)Calculation methods for the design of welded structuresModelling of mechanical in-service behaviour of welded joints and welded structuresModelling of residual stresses and distortionApplication of fracture mechanics to welded joints and welded structuresNon-destructive testing of weldsQuality assuranceFitness for purpose

Category D: Human Related Subjects This category covers more specifically: Qualification and certification of personnelHealth and safetyTerminologyExchange of information Economics

The Award

The Winners of The Henry Granjon Prize Competition will each receive a plaque from the French Delegation, to be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the following IIW Annual Assembly. The Winners will be invited to attend this Annual Assembly, for which their registration fees will be waived.

The Winners of The Henry Granjon Prize will be invited to submit their manuscripts to the Editorial Manager for peer-review. The Winner must be the first author of his/her manuscript. In order to be published in Welding in the World, the paper (i.e. the complete final manuscript) must be drafted according to the requirements of RD308 and successfully pass the peer review process. Any paper deemed un-publishable will be returned to its author.
Additional Privileges

National Delegations are encouraged to assist the Winners of the Henry Granjon Prize to attend the IIW Annual Assembly by providing financial support or other travel assistance.National Delegations are encouraged to lend assistance by offering the Winners of The Henry Granjon Prize the opportunity to visit institutions and laboratories affiliated to the IIW.

Henri Granjon Prize Process

Four Panels of Judges, one for each of the afore-mentioned categories, will be established, consisting of the Chair of the Technical Management Board (who shall act as the Chair of each panel) and, for each category a selection of the Chairs of the Working Units associated, taking into account the wish list with a maximum of six Chairs selected by Category.

The Panels will select a winner in each of the four categories by rating the papers, but each Panel will have the right to recommend that no prize be awarded in a given year, owing to an insufficiently high calibre of submitted papers.

Application Requirements

A full paper of maximum 5,000 words must be provided.

More information is available by contacting the IIW General Secretariat.