David Taplin was born in Derbyshire, educated at Christ’s Hospital School in Sussex and is a materials engineer with a DipTech (Industrial Metallurgy 1961) from Birmingham College of Technology, a DPhil from Oxford University (Fracture Mechanics 1964) and a DSc from Aston University (Strength & Fracture of Materials 1979).
Professor Taplin has worked in Industry (ICI, Exxon) but in the main has held University posts (Lecturer, Professor, HoD, Dean).During his research career he received various awards including the Kamani Gold Medal from India, the Yokobori Gold Medal from Japan and the Institute of Materials Outstanding Achievement Award from the UK.
Taplin is presently Visiting Professor of Structural Integrity at Aston University and is CEO/President Emeritus of ICF, The International Congress on Fracture (www.ICFweb.org www.ICF14.org). Dr Taplin was the Founding ICF Council member for Canada thereafter helping to build ICF to be the world premier society in its field including encouraging the evolution of new arenas beyond fracture & engineering structural integrity including sustainable design, safer engineering, geophysics and biomedics. David sails a C&C30 sloop berthed at RVYC marina in Vancouver where he is domiciled.
Abstract This paper presents a case study of a supply chain which is concerned with the distribution of aluminium metal, starting from raw material from a Metal Supplier to a Casting Plant, billets from the Casting Plant to the Component Producer, and finally, die-cast Cited by 16
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