Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials for Low-Emission Energies

MSDL in a Nutshell

In an ideal world, a jet engine turbine blade would never crack, would never fatigue, would withstand as high a temperature as we can impose, and would be as light and as strong as we can imagine. In the real world, to take even partial steps towards such goals, we need a deep understanding of materials performance at many length and time scales. At nano and meso scales, the mismatch between elastic and plastic properties of each grain in a polycrystalline material results in local stress concentrations and in crack nucleation which eventually limits the life and performance of a design. Understanding the nature and the source of local stress heterogeneities and their impact on the macroscopic behaviour require development of numerical methods describing each length and time scale, approaches to bridge between methods, and the use or development of cutting edge experimental techniques to validate the numerical results. 

Our research focuses on the development of different numerical methods and on the linking of them to diffraction and image based experimental techniques. At MSDL we seek to explain the effects of various environments on the performance and integrity of polycrystalline materials. 


Research topics:

  • Mechanics of materials across length and time scales- both modeling and experimental.
  • Fatigue, fracture, and (irradiation) creep.  
  • Finite element, crystal plasticity, and dislocation dynamics.
  • Synchrotron x-ray, neutron, and electron diffraction/imaging.
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Hamid will be presenting.
Alireza and Karim will give a talk. 
Hamid will deliver an invited talk. 
Several memebers of the group will give a talk.


Feb 2024: Several PhD positions are available: Click here for more information.

Feb 2024: Congratulations to Karim for defending his PhD thesis successfully! 

Jan 2024: A new paper from the group on 3D-XRD and CPFE: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2023.119567

Sep 2023: A new paper from the group on hydrogen embrittlement: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2023.119356  

Aug 2023: Congratulations to Steven for receiving the first place award in poster presentation for summer research students. Read more here. 

July 2023: Alireza joins Candian Nuclear Laboratories as a new Grad Scientist. Read more here

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Selected Publications 
Taherijam et al., “On the effects of transformation strain induced by hydride precipitation”, Acta Materialia, 2023, 261, 119356, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2023.119356  
Abdolvand, H.* "Development of microstructure-sensitive damage models for zirconium polycrystals", International Journal of Plasticity, 2022, Vol 149, 103156, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijplas.2021.103156 
Abdolvand H.* "Progressive Modelling and Experimentation of Hydrogen Diffusion and Precipitation in Anisotropic Polycrystals". International Journal of Plasticity, 2019, Vol 116, P 39-61. DOI:10.1016/j.ijplas.2018.12.005 
Abdolvand, H.*, Wright, J., Wilkinson, A.J., “Strong Grain Neighbour Effects in Polycrystals”, Nature Communications, 2018, 9, 171, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02213-9 
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