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John A. Goldak

Distinguished Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Alberta
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5688
Office:3171 ME

Research Interests:

  • Casting: Design and Analysis
  • Fluid Flow, Solidification of Castings
  • Design Environments for Casting
  • Microstructure Models in Casting and Welding
  • Hydrogen Cracking in Welds


Designer driven nonlinear transient FEM analysis of manufacturing processes such as welding, heat treating and casting to optimize the design and production of real production parts in mechanical structures such as tractors, ships and automobiles; software environments that enable designers to accurately simulate and optimize the manufacturing processes and in-service behavior of complex structures such as an automobile frame.


Simulating the process of high pressure die casting for components for the automotive industry. Simulating welding structures such as tractor frames to manage distortion that impacts manufacturing costs and residual stress that impacts fatigue life. Simulating the heat treatment of gears to predict distortion, residual stress and hardness and then optimize the heat treating process.


Member, NSERC Advisory Committee on University-Industry Grants. 2005-2008.
Member, Canadian Welding Association Member, Canadian Council of International Institute for Welding

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