Dr. Constantin Ciocanel

Dr. Constantin Ciocanel, Associate Professor, has expertise in modeling and characterization of smart materials and systems, and in development of multifunctional lightweight composite materials. The smart materials of primary interest include magnetic shape memory alloys, magnetorheological fluids, and piezoelectric materials.

Educational background 

  • PhD - Mechanical Engineering, The University of Toledo, Ohio, 2006 
  • DSc - Mechanical Engineering, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania, 1999
  • BS – Mechanical Engineering, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania, 1989

Employment history         

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University (2013-present) 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University (2007-2013)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Toledo, Ohio, (2006-2007)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Toledo, Ohio, (1999-2006)
  • Lecturer, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania, Strength of Materials Department, (1999 – 2003)
  • Assistant, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania, Strength of Materials Department, (1993 – 1999)
  • Tutor, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania, Strength of Materials Department, (1991 – 1993)

Courses and topics usually taught        

  • Machine Design 
  • Experimental Methods in Thermal Sciences
  • Adaptive Materials and Systems

Research interests

  • Smart Materials
  • Adaptive Systems
  • Multifunctional Materials
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Fatigue

 Honors, awards, and professional activities

  • Winner of the 24th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium, University of Toledo, 2003
  • President of the Student Association, "Gh. Asachi" Technical University of Iasi, Romania, 1985-89
  • Class President, 1984-89
  • Member of ASEE, ASME, Sigma Xi, SPIE.

Selected publications

  • N.M. Bruno, C. Ciocanel, H.P. Feigenbaum, A. Waldauer - A theoretical and experimental investigation of power harvesting using the NiMnGa martensite reorientation mechanism, IOP Smart Materials and Structures Journal, http://iopscience.iop.org/0964-1726/21/9/094018/pdf/0964-1726_21_9_094018.pdf.
  • A.B. Waldauer, H.P. Feigenbaum, C. Ciocanel, N.M. Bruno - Improved thermodynamic model for magnetic shape memory alloys, IOP Smart Materials and Structures Journal, http://iopscience.iop.org/0964-1726/21/9/094015/pdf/0964-1726_21_9_094015.pdf.
  • A.B. Waldauer, H.P. Feigenbaum and C. Ciocanel - Magnetic shape memory alloys under complex load paths, Bulletin of the Polytechnic Institute of Jassy, published by The Technical University “Gh. Asachi” of Jassy, Romania, Tome LVI (LX), Fasc. 4A, pp. 559-566, 2010.
  • S. Cioc, C. Ciocanel, K. Masiulaniec and D. Oliver - A project to develop initiative and innovation through laboratory improvement, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 37(4), pp. 318-325, 2009.
  • C. Ciocanel and H.P. Feigenbaum - Analysis of geometry effects on the magneto-mechanical behavior of magnetic shape memory alloys, Bulletin of the Polytechnic Institute of Jassy, Materials Science and Engineering Section, published by The Technical University “Gh. Asachi” of Jassy, Tome LV (LIX), Fasc. 3, pp. 149-156, 2009.
  • C. Ciocanel, T. Nguyen and M. H. Elahinia – An adaptive magneto-hydraulic vibration isolator, Bulletin of the Polytechnic Institute of Jassy, published by The Technical University “Gh. Asachi” of Jassy, Tome LIV (LVI), Fasc. 1, pp. 17-22, 2008.
  • C. Ciocanel, M.H. Elahinia, K.E. Molyet and N.G. Naganathan – Design analysis and control of a magnetorheological fluid based torque transfer device, International Journal of Fluid Power, 9 (3), pp. 19-24, 2008.
  • M. Elahinia and C. Ciocanel - A Problem Solving Approach for Teaching Engineering Laboratories, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 36 (2), pp. 140-159, 2008.
  • K. Molyet, C. Ciocanel, H. Yamamoto and N.G. Naganathan - Design and Performance of a MR Torque Transfer Device, International Journal of Fluid Power, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2006, pp.21-28.
  • C. Ciocanel, K. Molyet, H. Yamamoto, S.L. Vieira and N.G. Naganathan - MR Fluid Behavior under Constant Shear Rates and High Magnetic Fields over Long Time Periods, ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 128, pp. 163-168, 2006.
  • S.M. Peelamedu, C. Ciocanel and N. Naganathan – Impact Detection for Smart Automotive Damage Mitigation Systems, Smart Materials and Structures, 13, pp. 990-997, 2004.