Applied Mechanics


The Applied Mechanics cluster pursues fundamental research on mechanics of solids, materials and structures. Members of this group develop and use modern analytical, computational, and experimental tools to investigate physical phenomena and engineering applications in materials (nanomaterials, metals and alloys, biopolymers and biological cells, wood, paper and other biocomposites), structures (marine and aerospace), devices (biomedical stents, bioadhesives), and sensors (laser, X-ray, microwave). They attract funding from Canadian agencies like the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Mitacs, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and international agencies like Human Frontiers in Research Funds (HFSP) as well as Canadian and international industry.



Mattia Bacca

Multi-scale Mechanics of Materials, Biophysics

Research Interests: micromechanics of synthetic and biological materials; fracture and adhesion; cell mechanics; cutting, piercing and puncturing

Mohamed Gadala

Finite Element Applications

Research Interests: finite element formulation of nonlinear and fracture mechanics problems, design optimizations using the finite element method, bulk and sheet metal forming applications, on line machine monitoring and crack identification, numerical simulation of controlled cooling process of steel

Jasmin Jelovica

Research Interests: lightweight structures & marine structures: nonlinear analysis and failure of sandwich panels, finite element analysis, ultimate, fatigue and impact strength, structural optimization, influence of environment on strength

Xiaoliang Jin

Research Interests: manufacturing processes for advanced materials, vibration assisted machining, machining mechanics & dynamics, material characterization, surface integrity

Srikantha Phani

Lattice Materials, Nanotubes, Graphene Sheets, and Biomedical Implants

Research Interests: mechanics of lattice materials and devices, dynamics and vibrations, mechanics of small scale systems

Mauricio Ponga

Multiscale modeling of materials

Research Interests: spallation in metals, sub-linear scaling methods for calculating crystal defects using DFT

Gary Schajer

Measurement of Residual Stresses, Wood Quality Control

Research Interests: industrial residual stress measurements, full-field optical metrology, x-ray CT log scanning