Composites Research Group (CRG)

Based at the University of Waterloo, the Composites Research Group’s (CRG) conducts applied and fundamental research in many areas related to high-performance lightweight composite materials and structures. This includes the processing of fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP), assessing multi-scale material constitutive behaviour, fracture and damage mechanics, impact and crashworthiness, fatigue and long-term durability.

The CRG’s research is applicable in many sectors, including automotive, aerospace and wind energy. The need to improve fuel efficiency, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and lower operational cost is the main motivation to reduce the weight of primary load-bearing structures in various industrial sectors. The main challenge lies in simultaneously improving the performance of these lightweight structures.


East Campus 4 (EC4) Building – Room 1159
University of Waterloo
295 Phillip Street
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3W8

Areas of Expertise

Manufacturing and process simulation
Material characterization
Multi-scale modeling
Constitutive modeling
Impact and crashworthiness
Fatigue and long-term durability
Multi-material FRP/metallic structures
Bio-inspired composites


Research using FRP Composites Processing Facility & collaborator facilities

Contact Information


Email: John Montesano – Director –



Published: September 22, 2021

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