Zengtao Chen, PhD, PEng, FCAE, 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
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Mechanics And Materials Fracture Mechanics Computational Mechanics Elasticity and Solid Mechanics Materials Modelling Smart Materials and Structures Nanomaterials and Structures Composites and Polymers Thermal Stress Analysis Mechanical Design



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


  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering, elected in 2023
  • Fellow, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, elected in 2020
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, elected in 2017
  • 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 CAE, ASME and CSME.


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.

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