Zengtao Chen, PhD, PEng, FASME, FCSME

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dept


Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dept
(780) 492-2620
10-219 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Mechanics And Materials



  • PhD, University of Waterloo
  • MSc, PhD, Harbin Institute of Technology
  • BSc, Nanjing University of Science and Technology


  • International Journal of Applied Mechanics 6 year most cited paper award 2009-2015
  • University of New Brunswick Merit Award, 2007, 2013
  • University of New Brunswick Research Scholar, 2012-2014
  • Mechanical Professor of the year and UNB Teaching Excellence award, 2012


Dr. Zengtao Chen joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta as a Professor in August 2014. He has been a faculty member with the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University of New Brunswick for ten years prior to the current position with UofA. His research areas include Mechanics of Materials, Materials Modelling, and Damage and Fracture Mechanics. His recent work includes multiscale modelling of deformation and damage evolution in aluminum and steel alloys, advanced thermal stress analysis of smart materials and structures, nanostructures, and composite structures. He is a Fellow of ASME and CSME.


MEC E 360B - Mechanical Design II

Design procedures, theories of failure, material selection, design for fatigue, creep and relaxation, selection of gears and bearings and application of computer-aided design software. Prerequisite: MEC E 260 and 265, MAT E 202 and CIV E 270. Corequisite: MEC E 362.

Summer Term 2022 Summer Term 2022

MEC E 362 - Mechanics of Machines

Velocities and acceleration in plane mechanisms, balancing of rotating and reciprocating machinery, gears and gear trains. Prerequisite: MEC E 250.

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MEC E 685 - Macro Fracture Mechanics

Basic concepts of linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics: linear and nonlinear stationary crack-tip stress, strain and displacement fields; energy balance and energy release rates; fracture resistance concepts-static and dynamic fracture toughness; criteria for crack growth; fracture control methodology and applications.

Fall Term 2022

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