Kaan Inal

Kaan Inal
Location: EC4 1103
Phone: 519-888-4567 x38114


Kaan Inal is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering (Cross-Appointed to the Department of Systems Design Engineering) at the University of Waterloo, ON., Canada. He received his undergraduate degree in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2001. Dr. Inal joined the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2006 where he is currently the Associate Director of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Dr. Inal also holds a NSERC/General Motors Industrial Research Chair in “Integrated Computational Mechanics for Mass Efficient Automotive Structures”. His primary research focuses on multi-scale modeling and development of mechanism driven advanced material models for metals and composites. Accordingly, Dr. Inal has applied multiscale frameworks for several new and emerging materials to enable their applications for structural lightweighting. He also leads a research group focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and applications of AI in solid mechanics to perform “industrial scale” simulations with advanced physics based models. His research group is one of the first, if not the first, to develop artificial intelligence based numerical frameworks for micromechanics and advanced non-linear FEM problems (crashworthiness, fracture, etc.).

Research Interests

  • Finite-strain plasticity, Micromechanics of deformation, Metal Formability, Crystal plasticity, Numerical modeling with FEM, Parallel Computing, Nanotechnology, Automotive, Instabilities and Localized Deformation Phenomena in Materials, Additive Manufacturing

Scholarly Research

Development of advanced material models. Multi-scale numerical modeling of metal forming based on these advanced material models. Development of parallel computing algorithms (for both shared and distributed memory computers) for the finite element method.

Industrial Research

2003–2006: Research Associate in collaborative research projects on sheet and tube forming funded by NSERC, Alcan Ltd., AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada, and General Motors of Canada. 2001–2003: Postdoctoral Fellow in collaborative research projects funded by NSERC, Alcan Ltd. and AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada.


  • 2001, Doctorate Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  • 1997, Master's Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1995, Bachelor's Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey


  • 2006 A paper published as a result of my work on microstructural modeling of magnesium alloys has been the recipient of the 2006 magnesium best paper – fundamental research award in recognition of the most notable research paper exemplifying the fundamental science in developing magnesium technological understanding and infrastructure, presenting new and significant technological information, published in Magnesium Technology 2006.


  • ME 219 - Mechanics of Deformable Solids 1
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022
  • ME 220 - Mechanics of Deformable Solids 2
    • Taught in 2020
  • ME 559 - Finite Element Methods
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • ME 725 - Special Topics in Advanced Stress Analysis
    • Taught in 2021, 2023

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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Muhammad, Waqas and Brahme, Abhijit and Kang, Jidong and Mishra, Raja and Inal, Kaan, Large Strain Cyclic Simple Shear Behavior of Aluminum Extrusions: An xperimental and Numerical Study, Light Metals 2016, 169, 2016
  • Kohar, Christopher P and Cherkaoui, Mohammed and El Kadiri, Haitham and Inal, Kaan, Numerical Modeling of TRIP Steel in Axial Crashworthiness, International Journal of Plasticity, , 2016
  • Kohar, Christopher P and Zhumagulov, Amir and Brahme, Abhijit and Worswick, Michael J and Mishra, Raja K and Inal, Kaan, Development of high crush efficient, extrudable aluminium front rails for vehicle lightweighting, International Journal of Impact Engineering, 17, 2016
  • Sabiston, Trevor and Mohammadi, Mohsen and Cherkaoui, Mohammed and Lévesque, Julie and Inal, Kaan, Micromechanics for a long fibre reinforced composite model with a functionally graded interphase, Composites Part B: Engineering, 188, 2016
  • Kohar, Christopher P and Mohammadi, Mohsen and Mishra, Raja K and Inal, Kaan, The effects of the yield surface curvature and anisotropy constants on the axial crush response of circular crush tubes, Thin-Walled Structures, 28, 2016

Graduate studies