WROCŁAW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (WRUT)
Departement of Mechanics, Material Science and Engineering
The Department of Mechanics, Materials Science and Engineering is completely equipped for studies of materials and constructions under static and dynamic loads. There are facilities for measuring displacement, deformation, speed and acceleration. It disposes of facilities for investigating acoustic emission and precise temperature measurements. It has original (constructed in the Institute) appliances for measuring the magnetic field around mechanically deformed samples and constructions. It has means to carry out complete studies of microscopic structures (optical and electronic microscopes) and X-ray examination. Fields of Interests: methods of experimental mechanics, modelling of processes in mechanics, fracture mechanics and the fatigue of materials, strength of materials, dimensional analysis and theory of similarity, structural studies, biomechanics, dynamics of mechanical systems, strength hypotheses, elasticity and plasticity theory, materials technology (nano-materials, new plastics and their technology, reinforced composite structures, changes in microstructure and material properties, sol-gel technology), technology and testing of high pressure composite vessels (CNG and H2), recycling of plastics. The Department employs 48 persons: 8 professors, 20 doctors and 20 Ph.D. students. The Laboratory of High Pressure Vessels (part of the Department) was involved in numerous collaborative research projects on high pressure vessel field at both National and European levels (eg.: StorHy, HyComp, InGas, HyCube and Copernic).
Key people involved
Prof. Jerzy KALETA is the coordinator of 12 national grants (Polish Government Scientific Committee) and Polish coordinator of 7 international grants. Competence in Pressure Vessels: Head of Research Project “Construction of Types of Movable High Pressure Composite Vessels for Methane”, Research Grant of Polish Government Scientific Committee, 1999-2002. StorHy Project - WRUT coordinator. Fields of Interest: Energy Hypothesis of Fatigue, Measurement of Energy and Damping, Application of Cross Effects in Fatigue (Villari Effect, Thompson Effect), Magnetovision, new NDT in Fatigue, MR Fluids, GMM Materials, Plasticity Induced Martensitic Transformation.
Dr Eng. Paweł GASIOR is a specialist with technical expertise in application of measurements and SHM techniques based on optical fibre methods as well as its implementation for high pressure vessels and other industry application.
Michal BARCIKOWSKI, Ph.D. Eng. is a researcher with expertise in the field of reinforced plastics, including especially manufacturing technologies, as well as in impact behaviour, impact testing, impact damage and residual strength assessment of composite materials.