"Italian Group of Fracture (IGF)" is a cultural association concerned in:

  • spreading and promoting works and researches about fracture phenomena, even forming workgroups;

  • promoting all the activities concerning the development of materials and structure testing standards;

  • cooperating with foreign associations with the same intents (International Congress on Fracture, ICF; European Structural Integrity Society, ESIS; etc.)

  • organizing meetings (at least, every 2 years), workshops, conferences, debates and courses about fracture phenomena and publishing meetings proceedings, news, journal etc.

David Taplin Obituary

David Michael Robert Taplin was born in Chesterfield, England on July 19, 1939, and died on May 31, 2022, in Lynn Valley, BC, Canada. Educated at Christ’s Hospital School in Sussex, England (1950-57), he became a materials engineer with a DPhil (Oxford), DSc (Aston), MA (Dublin) and was a university professor including in Australia, India, Canada, California, Ireland & Singapore. He published some 200 books and research papers in the field of fracture mechanics, structural integrity, metallurgy, and industrial ecology. He was President Emeritus of the International Congress on Fracture (2010 Japan), Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin (1992 Ireland), Fellow of the Institute of Materials (1974 UK) and IGF Honorary member (2002 Italy). Survivors include daughters Louise (Somerset), Alison (Devon) & Tessa (Madrid-Paco) and sons Justin (San Francisco-Kate) & Toby (Vancouver-Ann), grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sailing, Rugby, Bridge & Poetry were amongst his passions - and above all the immense joys of Family – and of wonderful, enduring Friends. A funeral service is planned at St Clement’s Anglican Church.

Next events

ECF23, 23rd European Conference on Fracture; June 27 – July 1, 2022. Funchal, Madeira, Portugal; LINK

ICF15, 15th International Conference on Fracture, June 11-16, 2023, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; LINK

Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale: Issue 60 (April 2022) is online

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