Friction Stir Welding, Design Team Formation Methods, Effects of Manufacturing Process Variation in Design
Professor Sorensen received a B.S. in Physics from Brigham Young University, where he was elected a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. He received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his dissertation involved digital signal processing in gas-tungsten arc welding. Following postdoctoral work at MIT and with Chrysler and General Electric Aircraft Engines, he began teaching at BYU. During his tenure at BYU, he has served as a faculty member in Manufacturing Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering. He has also served as a Visiting Professor of Design at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, in Kanazawa Japan.
Professor Sorensen is married to the former Cindy Cobabe. They are the parents of six sons and one daughter.
Current Graduate Students include:
Jon Erickson, M.S. Candidate, Temperature control in the early stages of friction stir welding
Ty Dansie, M.S. Candidate, Simulating inertial friction welding of superalloys with a FSW machine
Howell, L.L., Sorensen, C.D., and M.R. Jones (2014) Are Undergraduate GPA and General GRE Percentiles Valid Predictors of Performance for Admission to an Engineering Graduate Program?, International Journal of Engineering Education,30(5), 1145-1165.
Cook, G.O. III and C.D. Sorensen (2013), Partial transient liquid phase bonding, part I: A novel selection procedure for determining ideal interlayer combinations, validated against Al2O3 PTLP bonding experience, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 44(13), 5732-5753.
Cook, G.O. III and C.D. Sorensen (2013), Partial transient liquid phase bonding, part II: A filtering routine for determining all possible interlayer combinations, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 44(13), 5745-5772.
Kuykendall, K., T.W. Nelson, and C.D. Sorensen (2013), On the Selection of Constitutive Laws used in Modeling Friction Stir Welding, Intl. Journal of Machine Tool and Manufacturing, 74 (August 2013), 74-85.
Abbasi, M., Nelson, T. W., Sorensen, C. D., Wei, L. (2012). An Approach to Prior Austenite Reconstruction. Materials Characterization, 66(2012), 1-8
Abbasi, M., Nelson, T. W., Sorensen, C. D. (2012). Transformation and Deformation Texture Study in Friction Stir Processed API X80 Pipeline Steel. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 43(13), 4940-4946.
Cook, III, G. O., Sorensen, C. D. (2011). Overview of transient liquid phase and partial transient liquid phase bonding. Journal of Materials Science, 46(16), 5305-5323. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10853-011-5561-1
Chase, K. W., Sorensen, C. D., DeCaires, B. J. (2010). Variation Analysis of Tooth Engagement and Loads in Involute Splines. IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 7(4), 746-754.
Cederqvist, L., Sorensen, C. D., Reynolds, A. P., Oberg, T. (2009). Improved stability during friction stir welding of 5 cm thick copper canisters through shoulder geometry and parameter studies. Science and Technology of Welding and Joining, 14, 178-184.
C. B. Owen and C.D. Sorensen, “Application of a Coupled Viscoplastic Material Model to Friction Stir Welding with a Variety of Tool RPMs and Feed Rates”, under review at International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture.
B.H. Sader and C.D. Sorensen, “A New Technique for Modeling Production Control Schemes in Manufacturing Systems Part I: Model Development and Application to Push Systems" under review at International Journal of Production Research.
B.H. Sader and C.D. Sorensen, "A New Technique for Modeling Production Control Schemes in Manufacturing Systems Part II: Modeling Pull Control Schemes", under review at International Journal of Production Research.
J.H. Record, J. Covington, T.W. Nelson, C.D. Sorensen and B.W. Webb, “A Look at the Statistical Identification of Critical Process Parameters in Friction Stir Welding”, Welding Journal, April 2007.
J.W. Pew, T.W. Nelson and C.D. Sorensen, “Torque based weld power model of friction stir welding”, Science and Technology of Welding and Joining, 12:4 (July 2007), pp. 341-347.
C. D. Sorensen and A. L. Stahl, “Experimental Measurements of Load Distributions in Friction Stir Weld Pin Tools”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 38:3 (June 2007), pp. 451-459.
R.J. Steel, C.O. Petterson, S.M. Packer, C.D. Sorensen, Y.S. Sato, T.W. Nelson and C.J. Sterling "Friction Stir Welding of SAF 2507 (UNS S32750) Super Duplex Stainless Steel," Stainless Steel World, June, 2004, pp 27-31.
M. Collier, R. Steel, T. Nelson, C. Sorensen, S. Packer, “Grade development of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride for friction stir processing of ferrous alloys,” Materials Science Forum, Vol. 426-432, no 4, pp. 3011-3016.
S. P. Magleby, R. H. Todd, C. D. Sorensen, and D. L. Pugh, “Recruiting and Selecting Appropriate Industrial Projects for Capstone Design Programs”, International Journal of Engineering Education, 17:4 and 5, pp. 400-405, 2001.
A. J. Dutson, R. H. Todd, S. P. Magleby, and C. D. Sorensen, "A Review of Literature on Teaching Engineering Design Through Project-Oriented Capstone Courses", Journal of Engineering Education 86:1 (January 1997) pp. 17-28K.
W. Chase, J. Gao, S. P. Magleby, and C. D. Sorensen, “Including Geometric Feature Variations in Tolerance Analysis of Mechanical Assemblies,” IEE Transactions 1996:23, 795-807.
R. H. Todd, S. P. Magleby, C. D. Sorensen, B. R. Swan, and D. K. Anthony, "A Survey of Capstone Engineering Courses in North America", Journal of Engineering Education 84:2 (April 1995), pp. 165-174.
A.R. Parkinson, C.D. Sorensen, and N. Pourhassan, "A General Approach for Robust Optimal Design", Journal of Mechanical Design, Trans ASME, 115:1 (1993) pp 74-80.
R. H. Todd, C. D. Sorensen, and S.P. Magleby, "Designing a Senior Capstone Course to Satisfy Industrial Customers", Journal of Engineering Education 82:2 (April 1993), pp. 92-100.
S. P. Magleby, K. Gunn, and C.D. Sorensen, "Service-Oriented Integration Environment for CAD/CAM Modelers and Application Programs, Journal of Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, December 1993.
R. H. Todd, S.P. Magleby, and C.D. Sorensen, "Integrated Product and Process Design: Industry and Academia Working Together to Develop a Senior Capstone Design Course", SME Paper ER91-544.
C. D. Sorensen, K. Bateman, R. Haehnel, J. Bogdan, D. Wahlquist, J. Smith, "Statistical Design of Electrodes for Improved Welding of Air Filter Outer Shells", Designers in Action: Case Studies in Mechanical Engineering Design, F.S. Guggenheim, editor, ASME, 1991.
C. D. Sorensen and T. W. Eagar, "Modelling of Oscillations in Partially Penetrated Weld Pools", Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, September 1990.
C. D. Sorensen and T. W. Eagar, "Measurement of Oscillations in Partially Penetrated Weld Pools Through Spectral Analysis", Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, September 1990.
R. J. Bowers, C. D. Sorensen, and T. W. Eagar, "Electrode Geometry in Resistance Spot Welding", Welding Journal,69(2) (February 1990), pp. 45-s to 51-s.
S. A. Gedeon, C. D. Sorensen, K. T. Ulrich, and T. W. Eagar, "Measurement of Dynamic Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Resistance Spot Welds", Welding Journal 66(12), (Dec. 1987), pp. 378-s to 385-s.
C. T. Lane, C. D. Sorensen, G. B. Hunter, S. A. Gedeon, and T. W. Eagar, "Cinematography of Resistance Spot Welding of Galvanized Steel Sheet", Welding Journal 66(9), (Sept. 1987), pp. 260-s to 265-s.
C. D. Sorensen and T.W. Eagar, "Digital Signal Processing as a Diagnostic Tool for Gas-Tungsten Arc Welding", Advances in Welding Science and Technology, S.A. David, ed., ASM International, Metals Park, Ohio, 1986.
Professor Sorensen has taught 24 different courses during his time at BYU. Current courses include:
Me En 475, Me En 476 Capstone Design 1 and 2
Me En 585 Manufacturing Productivity and Quality
Me En 684 Design of Production Systems
Me En 437 Kinematics
- PHD, MATERIALS SCIENCE , MASS. INST. OF TECHNOLOGY (1985)
Honors and Awards
- Alumni Professorship Award, Brigham Young University (2015 - Present)