Bradley J. Diak, Ph.D., P. Eng.

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Associate Professor

Room: 328C, Nicol Hall
Tel: (613) 533-3180
Fax: (613) 533-6610
Email: brad.diak@queensu.ca


Research Interests

  • Microstructural Phenomena in Metals and Alloys
  • Materials for Transportation Applications
  • X-ray/Electron Scattering Characterization Techniques
  • Metal Physics Fundamentals

Current Projects

  • Sculpting Energy Landscapes in Materials: Theory, Experiments and Applications
  • Casting and Ageing Behaviour of Al Alloy
  • Structural and Mechanical Behaviour of Dissimilar FSW Al Alloy Joints


Example Past Projects

  • Deformation Response of Oriented Crystalline Aggregates: Experiment and Theory (NSERC)
  • AUTO21- Tailor-Welded-Blank Based Mg Alloy Manufacturing for Structural Automotive Parts (Ford/THMg/Auto21)
  • High Temperature Bond Coatings (Kennametals/Connect Canada)
  • The Role of Interface Region on Texture Development in Clad Aluminum Sheet Products (Novelis/NSERC)
  • Micro-indentation studies of the local ductility of Zr-2.5Nb CANDU pressure tubes (NSERC)
  • Wrought Magnesium for Automobiles - (Timminco/AUTO21 NCE))
  • Temperature Dependence of the Rate Sensitivity of Wrought Mg Alloys (CAMM)
  • Formability Enhancement In Light Weight Structural Materials (GM/NSERC)
  • Facility to Prototype Designer Crystalline Materials with Preferred Shape and Orientation (CFI)

Positions Available

  • PDF, CFD of liquid metal flow and liquid to solid phase transformations (1 year. position; immediate start; require experience of CFD and large scale simulations)
  • Ph.D. Student, Origin of surface patterning and instabilities in crystalline solids (Sept. 2019 start)
  • MASc./Ph.D. Student, Study of proton beam energy rate on irradiation path dependence (Sept. 2019 start)
  • MASc. Student, Yield and Failure in Brass Alloys (joint with RMC, subject to funding availability)

Courses as Instructor (Current and Past)