Associate Professor

M.Sc. (Lund), M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Toronto), P. Eng.

phone: 6048223673
Frank Forward Room 115
Research Interests


I received my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in solid mechanics from the University of Lund, Sweden. For my diploma thesis, I worked with composite materials at an aeronautical research institute. I then went on to do Master’s and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto working on fracture of structural adhesive joints. After receiving my PhD, I joined the Composites Group at UBC as a postdoctoral fellow and started working on composites processing and process simulation. I joined the department of Materials Engineering at UBC as a faculty member a few years later.


I am very interested in teaching and learning and currently teach the following courses:

  • APSC 100/101 – Introduction to engineering I/II
  • APSC 278 – Engineering materials
  • MTRL 485/585 – Failure of materials/Topics in fracture mechanics
  • MTRL 466/467 – Engineering project I/II

Research and other interests

My current research is focused on polymer composite materials and composites manufacturing. I work closely with my colleagues in the UBC Composites Group in this area: Anoush Poursartip and Reza Vaziri as well as with the international aerospace industry. I am the Technical Director of the Composites Research Network, which is a large research network focused on research, best practices, and knowledge transfer to industry.

Other interests are: risk and uncertainty, sports equipment, biomaterials, adhesive bonding and entrepreneurship.

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. L. Fahrang, G. Fernlund. Void and porosity characterization of uncured and partially-cured prepregs. Accepted for publication in J. of Composite Materials (March, 2015)
  2. E. Kappel, D. Stefaniak, G. Fernlund. Predicting process-induced distortions in composites manufacturing A phenol-numerical simulation strategy . Comp. Structures 120, 2015, 98-106.
  3. J. Kratz, K. Hsiao, G. Fernlund, P. Hubert. Thermal models for MTM45-1 and Cycom 5320 out-of­ autoclave prepreg resins. J. Composite Materials, 2013, vol. 47 no. 3, 341-352.
  4. B. Hori, R.J. Petrel!, G. Fernlund, A. Trites. Mechanical Reliability of Devices Subdermally Implanted into the Young of Long-Lived and Endangered Wildlife. J Materials Engineering and Performance, July 2012.
  5. P. Comeau, H-P Frei, C. Yang, F. Rossi, G. Fernlund. In vivo Evaluation of Calcium Polyphosphate for Bone Regeneration, J. Biomat. Appl. 27, 267-275, 2012.
  6. C. Albert, H-P Frei, C. Duncan, G. Fernlund. Mechanisms of Stem Subsidence in Femoral Impaction Allografting. Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 39(6): 493-510, 2011.
  7. Y. Park, C. Albert, Y-S Yoon, G. Fernlund, H-P. Frei, T. Oxland. The effect of abductor muscle and anterior-posterior hip contact load on the in-vitro primary stability of a cementless hip. Journal of Orthopedic Surgery and Research, 5, 40, 2010.
  8. A. Bebamzadeh, T. Haukaas, R. Vaziri, A. Poursartip, G. Fernlund. Application of Response Sensitivity in Composite Processing. J. Comp Materials; vol. 44, 15: pp. 1821-1840, 2010.
  9. K. Siggers, H.P. Frei, F. Rossi, G. Fernlund. Effect of bone graft substitute on marrow stromal cell proliferation and differentiation. J. Biomedical Materials Research A, Vol 94A, Issue 3, pages 877-885 , 2010
  10. G. Fernlund. Reduction of risk and uncertainty in composites processing using Bayesian methods. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, Volume 41, Issue 2, 2010, Pages 295-303.
  11. 11.  C. Albert, B. Masri, C. Duncan, T. Oxland, G. Fernlund. Influence of cement profile and graft properties on stem stability in impaction allografting: A finite element study. Clinical Biomechanics, 201O (Vol. 25 , Issue 1, Pages 43-49).
  12. A. Bebamzadeh, T. Haukaas, R. Vaziri, A. Poursartip, G. Fernlund. Response Sensitivity and Parameter Importance in Composites Manufacturing. J. Comp. Materials 2009; 43 621-659.
  13. Albert C, Masri B, Duncan C, Oxland T, Fernlund G. Impaction allografting The effect of impaction force and alternative compaction methods on the mechanical properties of the graft bed. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B Applied Biomaterials, (2008) Nov; 87(2): 395-405.
  14. T. Curiel, G. Fernlund. Deformation and Stress Build-up in Bi-Material Beam Specimens with a Curing FM 300 Adhesive Interlayer. Composites Part A, 39, 2, (2008) 252-261.
  15. Albert C, Patil S, Frei H, Masri B, Duncan C, Oxland T, Fernlund G. Cement penetration and primary stability of the femoral prosthesis after impaction allografting: A biomechanical study in the cadaver femur. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery British Edition, 89-B, 7, (2007) 962-970.
  16. C. Yip, G. Fernlund, K. Pinder, D. Walker. Role of dermal fibroblasts on rat skin tissue biomechanics. Bio­ Medical materials in Engineering, 17, 2 (2007) 109-117.
  17. G. Fernlund. Stress analysis of bonded lap joints using fracture mechanics and energy balance. Int. J. Adhesion and Adhesives 27 (2007) 584-592.
  18. M. Robinson, G. Fernlund, R.M. D. Meek, B. A. Masric, C. P. Duncan and T. R. Oxland. Structural Characteristics of Impaction Allografting for Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty. J. Clinical Biomechanics, 20 (2005), 853-855.
  19. C. Wonderly, J. Grenestedt, G. Fernlund and E. Cepus, Comparison of mechanical properties of glass fiber/vinyl ester and carbon fiber/vinyl ester composites. Composites B, 36, 5, {2005) 417-426.
  20. G. Fernlund. Spring-in of angled sandwich panels. Composites Science & Technology 65 (2005) 317-323.
  21. G. Twigg, A. Poursartip and G. Fernlund. Tool-Part Interaction in Composites Processing. Part I: Experimental Investigation and analytical model. Composites A, 35, 1, {2004) 121-133.
  22. G. Twigg, A. Poursartip and G. Fernlund. Tool-part interaction in composites processing. Part II: numerical modelling. Composites A, 35, 1 (2004) 135-141.
  23. M. Conrad, G.D. Smith, and G. Fernlund. Fracture of wood composites and wood-adhesive joints: a comparative review. Wood and Fiber Science, 36, 1, (2004) 26-39.
  24. M. Conrad, G.D. Smith, and G. Fernlund. Fracture of solid wood: a review of structure and properties at different length scales. Wood and Fiber Science, 35, 4, (2003) 570584.
  25. G. Fernlund, A. Osooly, A. Poursartip, R. Vaziri, R. Courdji, K. Nelson, P. George, L. Hendrickson, J. Griffith. Finite element based prediction of processs-induced deformation of autoclaved composite structures using 2D process analysis and 3D structural analysis. Composite Structures 62 (2003) 223- 234.


  1. J. Wells, J. Kay, G. Fernlund, A. Poursartip. Bulk and surface porosity in out-of-autoclave prepregs. ICCM-20, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 20-24, 2015
  2. J. Fabris, C. Mobuchon, N. Zobeiry, D. Lussier, G. Fernlund and A. Poursartip. Introducing thermal history producibility assessment at conceptual design. SAMPE Baltimore, May 18-21, 2015
  3. M. Roy, J. Kay, G. Fernlund, A. Poursartip. Porosity in configured structures . SAMPE Baltimore, May 18- 21, 2015.
  4. G. Fernlund, A. Poursartip, J. Fabris. Use of simulation to assess producibility of composites structures during conceptual design. JEC Americas, Boston, MA, Oct 28-29, 2014.
  5. G. Fernlund, A. Poursartip, A. Arafath, C. Lynam. Simulation of composites processing to reduce manufacturing risk and manufacturing cost. CAMX, Orlando, FL, Oct 13-16, 2014.
  6. L. Fahrang, G. Fernlund. Gas Permeability Measurements: Effect of Measurement Technique. Canada­ Japan workshop on Composite Materials, Vancouver, Aug 19-21, 2014.
  7. C. Mobuchon, C. Keulen, K. Hsiao, G. Fernlund, and A. Poursartip. Development of a structured approach to porosity management in composites manufacturing. 2014 SAMPE Annual Tech Conference, June 2-5, Seattle, WA.
  8. E. Quinlan, L. Farhang, J. Kay, G. Fernlund et al. Evaluation of laminate qualitYt for out of autoclave manufacturing for a complex shaped crew door. American helicopter society 70 h annual forum. May 20- 22, 2014, Montreal, QC.
  9. G. Fernlund and E. Ardouin. Tooling Compensation for Process Induced Deformations of Composite Structures. 2014 COE Annual Conference, April 27 – 30, 2014, Anaheim, CA.
  10. 10.  G. Fernlund and A. Poursartip. The Composites Research Network a path to effective and low-risk knowledge-based composites manufacturing. Aeromat 2013, April 2-5, Bellevue, WA.