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Philip Doubell Memorial Lecture


When: 25 October 2018
18h00 for 18h30
Where: Philip Doubell Memorial Lecture
Eskom Academy of Learning
Ian McRae Auditorium, Dale Road
Midrand, Gauteng  
South Africa
Professor Malcolm Neil James
Lucinda Lindsay


'South African Research & Platform Development in

Industrial Applications of Welding'

Presented by Professor Malcolm Neil James

You are cordially invited to a Lecture on: 'South African Research & Platform Development in Industrial Applications of Welding'. 

The intention of this lecture is to honour Philip Doubell as an iconic figure who played a significant role in the South African welding community and his momentous contribution to the welding industry.

* Attendance is FREE.
* Refreshments will be served after the Lecture.
* RSVP by 11 October.

About Professor Malcolm Neil James:
Prof James has been Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Plymouth since 1996 and his research interests lie in design for structural integrity, covering the fields of fatigue and fracture, residual stresses, fatigue life prediction and welded joints. He has variously been Dean of Technology, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the School of Marine Science & Engineering/Associate Dean. He was educated at Allan Wilson Technical High School, Harare, Zimbabwe; holds a BSc(Eng) degree in Mechanical Engineering (Cum Laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; a PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, England; a DTech (Honoris Causa) from Port Elizabeth Technikon, South Africa, and a DSc(Eng) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Prof James holds, or has held, Visiting or Honorary Professorial appointments at Sheffield-Hallam University, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa and the University of Ferrara, Italy.

He has been an Editor of the International Journal of Fatigue (Elsevier Science) since 1998, is an Editorial Board member of Engineering Failure Analysis (Elsevier Science) and Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale - the International Journal of the Italian Fracture Group. He has authored/co-authored more than 160 research publications in refereed International Journals and Conference Proceedings, and have received several awards related to these publications, e.g. Silver Medal of the SAIMechE (1986). He has given numerous invited Plenary or Keynote lectures at International Conferences on aspects of this work and has significant experience acting as a failure analyst and metallurgical consultant, generating some 160 reports over the last 30 years. This work has ranged over advising on fatigue design, through determining mechanisms and causes of failure in mechanical equipment, plant and structures, to metallurgical assessment, corrosion problems, fatigue life and fracture toughness testing. He has acted as an Expert Witness in court cases, and as a forensic engineering consultant to industry and legal firms in a number of countries, including the UK, USA, South Africa, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.

The lecture is hosted by the Nelson Mandela University, in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, Eskom, Sasol and SAIW.


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