Bochun Zhang presented his research seminar

Last Friday featured a graduate seminar by my own MASc candidate,Bochun Zhang. Bochun gave a talk titled “Failure Mechanism Analysis and Life Prediction based on Atmospheric Plasma-Sprayed (APS) and Electron Beam-Physical Vapor Deposition (EB-PVD) Thermal Barrier Coatings”.  Bochun’s primary supervisor was Dr. Kuiying Chen, from Canada’s National Research Council, and I was the cosupervisor. Unfortunately, Dr. Chen could not attend, but I’m sure he would have been as proud of Bochun as I was! Well done, Bochun. 

First seminar of the semester – this Friday!

The first seminar of the semester will be this Friday! MASc CandidateMajid Tanbakuei Kashani will be giving a talk on “Effect of Forming Process on the Deformational Behaviour of Steel Pipes”.  The seminar abstract is below.

Date: Friday September 16th

Time: 2:30pm

Room: SITE J0106



Buried pipeline networks play a vital role in transportation of oil and natural gas from centers of productions to centers of consumptions. A common manufacturing technique for such pipes is the UOE process, where a flat plate is first formed into a U shape, then in an O shape, welded at the seam, and Expanded before being shipped on site. The UOE forming process induces residual strains in the pipe.

When buried pipelines cross the regions of discontinuous permafrost, they undergo differential frost heaving, inducing significant bending deformations, which potentially induce local buckling in the pipe wall. To control local buckling, design standards impose threshold limits on buckling strains. Such threshold values are primarily based on costly full-scale experimental results. Past nonlinear finite element analysis attempts aiming at determining the threshold buckling strains have neglected the presence of residual stresses induced by UOE forming and were thus found to grossly overestimate the buckling strains compared to those based experiments.

Within the above context, the present study focuses on developing a numeric technique to predict the residual stresses induced in UOE forming, and incorporating the residual stresses in 3D nonlinear FEA modeling to predict improved buckling strain limits. Comparisons against conventional analysis techniques that omit residual stresses reveal the importance of incorporating residual stresses when quantifying buckling strains.

Jeff Lamonde presented his Seminar

Yesterday, Jeff Lamonde presented his MASc thesis seminar on “Development of an Autonomous Inspection Robot for Small Diameter Pipes”. Interesting talk, and supervisor Dr. Eric Lanteigne was present to support his student. 

Missing in action were the timbits and coffee.  There was a near riot, but luckily we staged an intervention. No riots. Sadly, no timbits either. 

Ruben Fernandez presented his PhD thesis seminar

Ruben Fernandez presented his PhD thesis seminar, giving a talk titled “Deposition of Thick Copper Cold Spray Coatings on Steel for Used Nuclear Fuel Repository using Nitrogen and Pulsed Waterjet Surface Preparation.”  

It was a really interesting talk, lots of questions afterwards! Unfortunately, supervisor Dr. Bertrand Jodoin was unable to attend but I am sure he would have been very proud.  The labmates stood in for the supervisor in the obligatory photo. Congrats Ruben on almost completing your PhD!

uOttawa Supermileage team competes at the Shell Ecomarathon

I’m very proud of our uOttawa Supermileage team who qualified, competed and placed 16th out of 45 teams at the Shell Ecomarathon this past weekend.

Here are some photos (courtesy of the official Shell Ecomarathon photographer via their Flickr).

How to survive after graduation

A two‐day workshop focusing on the essential professional skills required for a successful career in the broad areas of engineering and science.

The program includes lectures from speakers within academia, research labs, industry, and government departments.

This workshop is particularly suited to graduate students and post‐doctoral fellows.


  • Dr. Ioan Nistor, Vice‐Dean Graduate Studies, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa
  • Dr. Richard Blute, Vice‐Dean Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science, uOttawa
  • Dr. Fabio Variola, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, uOttawa
  • Dr. Andrew Sowinski, Student Experience Officer, Faculty of Engineering, uOttawa

April 28th ‐ 29th, 2016


  •  Colonel By (CBY) Room C03 (Seminars)
  • Colonel By (CBY) Room A04 (Coffee break and Lunch)


  • Register online here!
  • Fee: $25 (incl. tax) for tea/coffee and lunches for both days.
  • Deadline: April 27th, 2016

Contact: Dr. Andrew Sowinski,


Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Time Subject Speaker Room
8:00 – 9:00 Registration CBY A04
9:30 – 10:00 Applying for academic positions:  Tips from a current dean Dr. Steve Perry

Dean Faculty of Science

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break CBY A04
10:30 – 12:00 Online personal branding Dr. Umar Ruhi

Telfer School of Management

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break CBY A04
13:00 – 14:00 Quest for Tenure Dr. Richard Blute

Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics

14:00 – 15:00 Tips on Scholarships and Grants Daniel Melanson

Awards Officer, FGPS

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break CBY A04
15:30 – 16:30 Interviewing in Industry Dr. William Ogilvie

Dept. Of Chemistry

16:30 – 17:30 Intellectual Property, Commercialization and Technology Transfer Joe Irvine

Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise



Friday, April 29th, 2016

Time Subject Speaker Room
9:00 – 10:00 Starting your own business Dr. Aali R. Alizadeh

    CEO, Giatec Scientific Inc.

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break CBY A04
10:30 – 11:30 Careers In  the Space Industry Dr. Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, Director General, Space Science and Technology

    Canada Space Agency

11:30 – 12:30


Managing Diversity in Engineering & Science Dr. Catherine Mavriplis, NSERC Chair WISE

Dept. Mechanical Engineering

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break CBY A04
13:30 – 14:15 Working for the Federal Government Marc Prudhomme

Statistics Canada

14:15 – 15:00 Working for NRC Scott Baker

National Research Council

15:00 – 16:00 “Survival” Skills for Researchers Dr. Federico Rosei

Director of the INRS-ÉMT