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Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Materials Engineering

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The Materials Group in MME includes experts in processing, structural/chemical characterization, mechanical testing, and modelling of metals and ceramics. There are particular research strengths in materials for the Nuclear, Automotive materials, Aerospace, and Energy Conversion industries. Other materials research areas at Queen’s can be found in collaborating Departments – see the links in the side bar.

We have a comprehensive suite of characterisation equipment including:

  • Accelerator laboratory: 4MV tandem producing 8MeV H or 12MeV He; for damage or implantation studies.
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory: FEI Osiris FEG-TEM (STEM, EDS, EELS, in situ heating & straining), FEI FEG-Nova NanoSem (EBSD, EDX, in situ heating and straining).
  • Mechanical Testing Laboratory (quasi-static; fatigue; fracture; delayed hydride cracking; digital image correlation measurements; nano- and micro-indentation from ambient to elevated temperatures).
  • X-ray Laboratory (Xradia micro-CT; texture; diffraction; in situ deformation and heating; thin film).
  • A wide range of sample preparation techniques (including 50kV focused ion beam, ion milling, electropolishing, etc.) is also available.

News Spotlight

June 2015: Congratulations to PhD student Hongbing Yu on winning best poster at the 35th annual Canadian Nuclear Society Conference.


Materials Summer 2015

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Research Activities by Faculty

J. Doug Boyd
  • Steel Physical Metallurgy
  • Metal Matrix Composites
Brad. Diak
  • Microstructural Phenomena in Metals and Alloys
  • Materials for Transportation Applications
  • X-ray/Electron Scattering Techniques
Mark. Daymond
  • Micromechanisms of Deformation in Metals, Ceramics and Composites
  • Advanced Neutron and X-ray Scattering Techniques
  • Engineering Mechanics, Components and Processes
Shig Saimoto
  • Metal Physics Fundamentals
  • Processing and Constitutive Modelling of Aluminum Alloys Performance
Vlad Krstic
  • Ceramics Processing and Properties
  • Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Thin Films
A. Keith Pilkey
  • Material Failure Mechanisms
  • Metallographic Image Analysis
  • Metal Forming
Richard. A. Holt
  • Nuclear materials/zirconium alloys
  • Crystallographic texture/anisotropy
  • Modeling materials behaviour
Zhongwen Yao
  • Characterization of Micorstructures
  • Radiation induced defects in nuclear materials

Materials Engineering Laboratories