Robert P. Wei
Phone: (610) 758-3587
Fax: (610) 758-6224
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Environment-Sensitive Fracture Group
Appointed to Lehigh Faculty: 1966
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1960
M.S. Princeton University, 1954
B.S. Princeton University, 1953
Related experience - teaching, industrial, etc.:
Chair, Dept. of Mech. Engrg. & Mech., Lehigh University, 1990-96
Acting Chair, Dept. of Mech. Engrg. & Mech., Lehigh University, 1983-84
Professor, Dept. of Mech. Engrg. & Mech., Lehigh University, 1970-present
Associate Professor, Dept. of Mech. Engrg. & Mech., Lehigh University, 1966-70
U.S. Steel Corporation, Assoc. Research Consultant, 1959-1966
Princeton University, Research Assistant, June 1955-Sept. 1955 & June 1958-Sept. 1959
Princeton University, Instructor, Sept. 1954-June 1957
Bakelite Company, Project Engineer, June-Sept. 1956
Research activities, consulting, patents, etc.:
Research on fracture mechanics, including chemical, microstructural and mechanical considerations of stress corrosion cracking, hydrogen embrittlement, fatigue and corrosion fatigue of structural materials, and on life-cycle engineering.
Principal investigator in (past and current) research projects sponsored by AISI, ALCAN, DARPA, DOE/BES, DOE/FE, DOT/OPSO, ONR, McDonnell Douglas, NASA, AFOSR, NSF and FAA.
Scientific and professional societies of which a member:
Fellow, ASM International
Beta Pi Chapter of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society
Materials Research Society
Technical Committee, International Conference on FATIGUE in the Very High Cycle Regime, July 2-4, 2001, Vienna
Honors and awards:
Plenary Lecturer, The European Corrosion Congress (EUROCORE 2005), Lisbon, Portugal, September 2005
ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture 2002 Award for Fatigue Research
Certificate of recognition and appreciation for a career of outstanding contributions to the study of Hydrogen Effects and Corrosion Deformation Interactions, H-CDI Conference, September, 2002
Annual Fatigue Lecturer, ASTM Committee E8 on Fatigue and Fracture, Dallas, TX, November 2001
Plenary speaker, International Symposia on Materials Science for the 21st Century (ISMS-21), Osaka, Japan, May 2001
Invited Keynote Lecturer, Japan Society of Materials Science, 50th Anniversary Celebration, Osaka, Japan, May 2001
Keynote speaker, ASTM Symposium on Environmentally Assisted Cracking: Predictive Methods, Orlando, FL, 2000
Keynote speaker, FATIGUE '99, The Seventh International Conference, Beijing, China, 1999
Keynote speaker, Environmental Degradation on Engineering Materials, Gdansk-Jurata, Poland, 1999
Eleanor and Joseph Libsch Research Award, Lehigh University, 1994
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award, 1990-91
Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences - Fellowship, 1987
Exxon Educational Foundation Grant (1981-83)
Henry Marion Howe Medal, American Society for Metals, 1979
ASTM Award of Merit, 1978
ALCOA Foundation Grant, 1977-79
ASTM Committee E-9 Award - for best paper presented on fatigue, 1976
Van Horn Distinguished Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University, 1976-77
Recent Ph.D. and M.S. Thesis and/or Projects Supervised:
(contact the department for a copy)
2009 - Matthew Adler, Ph.D. Thesis, "Fatigue Crack Growth Spectrum Simplifications: Facilitation of On-Board Damage-Prognosis Systems"
2008 - Matthew Cullin, Ph.D. Thesis, "Modeling Constituent Particle Microstructure in 7075-T6 Aluminum"
2002 - Osama M. Alyousif, Ph.D. Thesis, "Corrosion and Corrosion Fatigue of Aluminum Alloys"
2002 - Zhifan Huang, Ph.D. Thesis, "Environmentally Enhanced Crack Growth in Nickel-Based Superalloys"
2001 - Mary Chilton Latham, M.S. Thesis, "Characterization of Corrosion Fatigue Damage in the Fastener Holes of a Boeing 707"