Welcome to the Fatigue and Stress Analysis Lab

Fatigue is the process of progressive localized permanent change occurring in a material subjected to cyclic stresses and strains at some points which may result in crack nucleation and growth to final failure after a sufficient number of fluctuations. Alternations of stress and/or strains are difficult to avoid in many practical engineering situations and are very important in design. In many components such alternating stresses and/or strains are applied in a multiaxial manner with variety of load path patterns including in-and-out-of-phase. This interest has a broad range including automotive, aerospace, off shore structures, power generation, and microelectronics industries. 

The Laboratory for Fatigue and Stress analysis (FATSLAB) is a laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering with three major goals:

  • Fatigue characterization, modeling and life enhancement.
  • The study and development of the robust and efficient methods for durability analysis and their applications to CAE design.
  • The education of engineering leaders.

The current research thrust areas are: multiaxial fatigue of emerging light materials, durability of advanced joining, soild state additive manufacturing, cold spray coating, cyclic plasticity modeling of wrought alloys.

  1. May 29, 2020FAST Lab members working from home during COVID-19 shutdown
    picture shown FATS Lab member video conferencing

    Thanks to FATS Lab team members who are working hard from home during the pandemic closure.

  2. Nov. 12, 2019Researchers awarded $1.9M for strategic projects

    Dr. Hamid Jahed, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, is one of three professors in Waterloo Engineering who have been awarded a total of almost $1.9 million in funding to collaborate with Canadian-based companies and government organizations on strategic research projects. 

  3. Aug. 13, 2019Premier Ford tours lab

    During his visit to Waterloo region last Friday, Premier Doug Ford came to campus to see Professor Michael Worswick’s Waterloo Forming and Crash Lab and experience first hand one of the largest academic laboratories for such research.

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