Mechanical and Materials EngineeringWestern Engineering

Materials and Solid Mechanics

Research in this area covers broad topics related to microstructure and properties of metals, polymers, composite materials, nano materials, and fuel cells. Both industrially relevant and fundamental aspects of the science and engineering of materials are covered. Materials & Solid Mechanics also incorporates aspects of continuum mechanics, mechanical engineering structures, and material processing.

Materials & Solid Mechanics

The following faculty members are involved in this area:

S. A. Asokanthan, Ph.D. (Waterloo, Canada), Professor

Primary research is in the area of inertial systems, sensors and control with emphasis on dynamics, control and damage detection in Flexible Multi-body Systems. In particular, characterization of inertial sensors, dynamic influence of sensors and effective use sensors for damage detection are of interest. Recent projects include dynamics and stability of MEMS-based angular rate sensors (Gyroscopes) and their applications in vehicle dynamics and control; dynamic behavior of RF-MEMS devices; damage detection in large-scale flexible structures; hybrid control of flexible robots.

L. Y. Jiang, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Alberta, Canada), Assistant Professor

Nanocomposites; Nanomechanics; Carbon Nanotubes; Multi-Scale Modelling; Micromechanics; Composites; Functionally Graded Materials; Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis of Materials; Smart Structures; MEMS and NEMS; Health Monitoring of Engineering Materials/Structures.

J. R. Dryden, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Windsor, Canada), Associate Professor

Mathematical analysis of linear and non-linear deformation in solids, including composites. Micromechanical modeling of materials and discontinuities (cracking, interface debonding). Applications of analytical methods in modeling mechanical and thermal properties of materials.

R. J. Klassen, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Toronto, Canada), Associate Professor

Relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure of ductile metals and metal matrix composites. Experimental techniques for measuring the stress- and temperature-dependence of plastic strain rates of nano-scale volumes of material. Nanoindentation testing, wear testing, and microstructural characterization using optical- and electron-microscopy. Numerical modeling of plastic deformation processes.

T. Kuboki, Ph.D, (Kyushu, Japan), Assistant Professor

Process-structure-property relationships of synthetic and natural fiber reinforced polymer composites, biocomposites, nanocomposites, polymer blends, and biopolymers.  Foaming, microcellular foaming, and nanocellular foaming of polymers and composites.  Deformation and fracture mechanisms of polymers and composites.

A. V. Singh, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Ottawa, Canada), Professor

Computational Solid Mechanics. Vibrations, stress analysis and instabilities of plates and shells. Free, transient and random vibrations. Dynamic instability of structures. Development of FE and other variational methods based on work/energy principle. Linear and nonlinear problems of composite material structures. Numerical simulations of continuous systems made with isotropic, orthotropic, viscoelastic, and piezoelectric materials. Treatment of sandwich and smart material structures. Angle-ply laminated plates, shells and panels.

X.A. Sun, Ph.D. (Manchester, UK), Associate Professor

Nanotechnology and clean energy. Synthesis, characterization and properties of carbon nanotubes, nanowires, nanoparticles, nanocoatings as well as their composites as electrochemical electrodes for fuel cells and batteries.

J. T. Wood, Ph.D., P.Eng. (McMaster, Canada), Associate Professor

Experimental and numerical investigations of composite systems for energy absorption applications. Mechanical properties of metals: strengthening mechanisms, deformation processing, multi-phase systems. Multidisciplinary modeling of process-structure-property relationships in high-pressure die-casting.