- The overall focus of research in the department is the optimization of energetic processes and machine properties. The emphasis is placed on the reduction of energy consumption by implementing ecological technologies. The research is facilitated by optical visualization methods, which are used for the objectification of numerical simulation data. Optical measuring methods are specially developed to identify the development of dynamically and thermally unstable processes.
- The following phenomena are investigated within the research plan: unsteady turbulent processes with coherent structures, subsonic and supersonic mixing flows in ejectors, cavitation and recrystallization processes driven by a translational and rotational magnetic field.
Research in the field of applied mechanics focuses on two key areas. Our prime field of research
is into vibroisolation of mechanical systems. Secondly, the department conducts experimental and analytical research into the following areas:
- The mechanical properties of nonlinear anisotropic materials and their mathematical modelling
the development of robotized chassis for autonomous mobile robots.
- The mechanics of vibrating systems.
- The construction of controlled dynamical systems.
A significant part of our research is into vibroisolation of flexible mechanical systems such as a loaded driver’s seat and chassis, or an ambulance couch and vehicle cabs. This task also includes investigation into, and construction of different types of vibroisolation elements such as dampers, springs and combined units, determination of basic characteristics of the flexible elements and
of damping properties of rubber and rubber composites. A vibration platform with six degrees
of freedom was erected specifically for this purpose top carry out biomechanical research in the field of human body loaded by acceleration in general direction.
The research activity of the department focuses on these aspects of material engineering: thermal treatment, surface testing of materials, surface treatment, thin layers, intermetallics, polymer materials, composites and technical ceramics.
Research in the department focuses particularly on the following areas:
- Theoretical aspects of the machining process.
- Monitoring the cutting process when using a tool with defined geometry of the edge.
- Monitoring the cutting process when using a tool with undefined geometry of the edge.
- Research into the methods of cutting process monitoring by acoustic emission.
- Research into intelligent cutting tools.
- Simulation of the grinding process.
- The department specialises in applying research to solve problems in industry. The particular emphasis is on research into the influence of thermal and mechanical processes on the properties of the parts produced by different technological processes within the branches of metal forming, plastics processing, casting, and welding.
- As far as the technologies of plastics processing is concerned, the research is focused on analysing and optimising the processes of polymer processing, its mixtures and composites, in relation
to thermal processes, as well as the rheology of plastic melts and the application of software simulations. This research is applied to increasing the usable properties and quality of the parts, optimising the construction of the moulds, the morphology of the plastic materials and also the non-conventional methods of injection, cooling, etc.
- In the area of metal forming and tribology, the department focuses developing new processes
of production for sheet processing using numerical simulation and control of forming operations and tribological conditions in tools, with the emphasis on improving of stamping´s surface quality.
- Research into the branch of casting is focused on analysing the porousness and crystal structure
of the casts, dilatation properties during the casting with metal moulds and on analysing and optimising the metallurgical processes in the production of thin-walled casts.
- In the area of welding, research is being carried out in several fields: observation of welding process parameters, the influence on effective production and quality of fillet welds for MAG welding method, and the optimisation of welding conditions for materials which are quite difficult to weld – e.g. ferrous aluminides. Another area of interest is quality provision for resistance point welding by monitoring the electrical values of the welding process.
- Design of machines and devices for the glass industry.
- Numerical simulation of glass melt forming processes (pressing, press-and-blow processes) and the subsequent handling of products.
- Operational and model measurements of the machine forming of glass melt.
- Optimisation of the glass forming process, design and cooling of forming tools.
- Design of handling devices and industrial robots, optimisation of handling flows, design and optimisation of effectors and peripheries for the handling of glass.
- Interpretation of data obtained during experiments and from industrial practice, using statistical tools and fractal geometry.
- Innovation of machinery, and its parts.
- Human-machine interaction.
- Vibration and vibroisolation of machines.
- Research into the seating comfort of car seats.
- Research into and development of passive safety features of cars.
- Innovative structures of textile and single-purpose machinery with the use of controlled drives.
- Innovation and optimization of textile machines to obtain high levels of competitiveness, reliability and operation efficiency of machines in development.
- Winding and unwinding processes of textile structures.
- Research into machine dynamics, analysis and optimization of highly stressed mechanical components of machines.
- Application of mechatronic systems in the construction of machines with higher levels
- New components for textile and single-purpose machinery with higher integration levels
for advanced and state of the art technology.
- Special-purpose and servicing machines and equipment.
The principle areas of research are: utilization of alternative fuels, gaseous fuel engine development, mixture formation, optimization of the combustion processes, and reduction of emissions; hydrostatic power transmission devices for transport and manipulation machinery (motor vehicles, wheeled loaders, forklifts); strength and tension analysis of components and subsystems of engines and vehicles; new engine and vehicle concepts; parameters of vehicles with active directional drive; technical diagnostics, noise measurement and analysis, vibrodiagnostics, measurement of acoustic absorption, reduction of noise of motor vehicles, products and buildings.
- The research and application of new technologies and methods (Rapid Prototyping, 5 axis cutting – prototypes production).
- The design of production machines, single-purpose machinery, special devices and servicing machines and equipment.
- The design of positioning servomechanisms, hydraulic mechanisms, pneumatic and hydraulic circuits.
- Automatization of equipment and technological functions.
- Computer simulation of production and logistic systems.
- Scheduling of production orders.
- The department's research, as well as the application of results, focuses on analysis and synthesis of control systems with digital controllers and developing control software using modern programming equipment.
- In order to optimize development, methods are used from the area of identification, simulation and modelling of dynamic systems.
- Great attention is paid to information technology, especially the development of applications, desktop applications and the basics of artificial intelligence.
- The department also focuses on the field of computer networks and the internet.