Ken Su

MASc Student


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

Contact Information


Biographical Information

2003: BASc, Honours in Mechanical Engineering Co-op, University of Waterloo
2005: MASc, Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ), University of Waterloo

Research Projects

Corrosion performance on laser welded tailor blanks

The use of laser welding in the automotive industry has gained increasing popularity in the area of tailor blanks where weight and cost are reduced while structural strength is maintained. Generally, these steel sheets are galvanized to provide corrosion resistance but during the welding and subsequent forming process the galvanized layer is modified and possibly removed in the weld and the HAZ. There has been limited literature on the corrosion of laser welded galvanized blanks and the goal is to determine the influence of laser welding on the properties of zinc coating and ultimately the corrosion performance of these modified coating.

Project sponsor(s)

  • International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO)

Project supervisor(s)

  • Professor Carolyn Hansson
  • Professor Y. Norman Zhou

Research Interests

  • Laser welding of zinc coated steels in tailor blank applications
  • Zinc vaporization during welding and effect on corrosion
  • Corrosion rate on welded and formed zinc coated steels

Thesis Supervisor(s)

  • Professor Carolyn Hansson
  • Professor Y. Norman Zhou