MASc Student

Affiliations

Elliot Powidajko Centre for Advanced Materials Joining
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo

Contact Information

Phone: (519)-888-4567, ext. 33326
Fax: (519)-888-6197
Office: E3-3110A
Email: ejpowida@engmail.uwaterloo.ca

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

Biographical Information

2007: BASc, Mechanical Engineering, Specializing in Welding and Joining Processes, University of Waterloo

Research Projects

Laser and resistance spot welding (RSW) of magnesium alloys

Magnesium alloys are implemented to help produce lightweight vehicles which ultimately results in better fuel efficiency. Both laser and resistance spot welding (RSW) are being investigated in order to identify the effect of different variables on achieving an acceptable weld in magnesium alloys. The process, microstructure and mechanical properties of welds will be examined in order to produce a welding schedule that will satisfy industrial needs.

Project sponsor(s)

  • Auto-21 (Automobile of the 21st Century)

Project supervisor(s)

  • Professor Michael Kuntz
  • Professor Y. Norman Zhou

Research Interests

  • Laser and resistance spot welding of magnesium alloys
  • Material joining process
  • Metallurgy of weld zones
  • Mechanical properties
  • Electron and optical microscopy

Thesis Supervisor(s)

  • Professor David C. Weckman
  • Professor Y. Norman Zhou
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo