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Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering - Scientific research

Main research activities of the Department of Heating, Ventilation and Dust Removal Technology primarily focus on:

• Energy management in district heating and ventilation
• Energy auditing in building
• Calculation and allocation of heating costs
• Aerodynamic optimisation of ventilation and dust removal processes
• Simulation of thermal systems and air exchange in building
• Evaluation of thermal comfort and indoor air quality in rooms

The Department carries out research on:

• Heating devices and elements, as well as heat cost allocators under steady and unsteady thermal conditions (simulated heating season).
• Efficiency of heating and ventilation systems, including renewal energy source systems.
• Air movement in rooms, ventilating jets and convective plumes.
• Indoor environment. Measurement and evaluation of thermal conditions and air quality in rooms.
• Local dust emission exhaust systems and aerodynamic optimisation of construction of dust removal and gas cleaning devices.
• Improvement of dust contents measuring methods in flue gases and testing metrology characteristics of velocity and dust probes.
 
Department of Air Protection
conducts research in the following areas:

• Physical and chemical properties of spherical and fibrous airborne particles
• Studies of emission, transport and concentration level of atmospheric aerosols and gaseous pollutants, including pollutants contained inside airborne particles (trace elements, PAHs)
• Characteristics of bacterial and fungal aerosols
• Development of new measurement techniques and new samplers for aerosol and bioaerosol particles.
• Study of air pollutants' migration from outdoor to indoor environments
• Assessment of exposure to air pollutants and prognosis of related adverse health effects
• Development of risk assessment and risk communication methodology.
 
Department of Technologies and Installations for Waste Management employs highly experienced staff and owns specialized technical background, which includes equipment and advanced computational tools, enabling comprehensive analysis of a wide range of technical issues.
In particular, research area of the Department concentrates on:

• Waste treatment based on chemical engineering,
• Thermal processes,
• Using organic matter machine designs,
• Equipment for waste disposal and degradation,
• Energy and non-energy technologies of using waste,
• Flue gas cleaning technology,
• Emission spreading technology.
 
Department of Water and Wastewater Engineering conducts complex studies in the field of environmental protection, works out conceptual projects of water supply and sewage disposal. In addition, the Department conducts research of water, sewage and sludge according to Polish Standards and EU Directives.
 
Department of Power Engineering and Turbomachinery.
In particular, research area of the Department concentrates on:

• Theory and design of turbines, compressors and fans (research of flows, diagnostics and durability);
• Computational fluid dynamics and aeroacoustics;
• Advanced energy technologies (gas-steam combined cycles, clean coal technologies, biomass energy conversion systems);
• Gas turbines in industrial energy systems;
• Thermodynamic and economic analysis of advanced CHP systems;
• Power plants thermal diagnostics;
• Fuel cells;
• Laboratory flow tests of radial and axial compressor stages, as well as fans;
• Modernization of turbines, compressors and fans;
• Laboratory and numerical research of transonic wet steam flows.
• Design and model tests of new single and multistage centrifugal pumps, especially waterworks and main drainage pumps, for impure liquid, sludge and ship pumps;
• Investigation of characteristics of centrifugal pumps in laboratory and industry;
• Design of pipelines for clean water and hydraulic transport of solids and techno-economic analysis of pump and pipeline designs in a heat generating plant, main drainage;
• Small hydropower plants (SHP): design and modernization, investigation and construction of small and micro hydro turbines, investigation and selection of pumps as turbine (PAT).
• Design of hydraulic energy recovery systems.
• Design and tests of positive displacement pumps for special applications.
• Design of computerized devices to measure characteristics of pumps (CAT).
• Hydraulic transport of solids, especially mineral materials and combustion wastes.
• Testing the resistance of construction materials against cavitation and sanding erosion.
• Boilers and auxiliary equipment – design calculation methods;
• Low-NOx combustion of fossil and renewable fuels;
• Catalytic and non-catalytic methods to remove NOx from the flue gas;
• Grinding and drying of solid fuels;
• Gasification technologies and pre-combustion treatment of solid fuels;
• Development of new types of heating surfaces;
• Development of modernization concepts in order to increase efficiency and operational reliability of boilers;
• Modernization measures to adapt boilers to use other fuel types than the designed fuel;
• Numerical modelling of heat transfer, fluid flow, combustion and erosion;
• Methods to prevent erosion, corrosion and fouling in boilers;
• Methods of slagging and ash deposit reduction in power boilers development;
• Improvement of boiler start-up and operation technologies;
• Supercritical boilers – technical and operational issues;
• Experimental research on regenerative rotary air preheaters;
• Investigation of operation improving the emission reducing additives;
• Problems related to the extension of boiler elements lifetime.
• Identification of static and dynamic properties of energy objects;
• Design and development of measurement and monitoring systems, as well as automatic operation systems;
• Systems for field measurement of flow velocity;
• Microprocessor controller software;
• Development of measurement methods, with respect to the environmental protection.
• Risk analysis and risk management in power engineering;
• Development of monitoring methods and operation control procedures for power units;
• Complex technical state assessment of power plants (especially steam turbines), with respect to the durability and operating effectiveness criteria;
• Monitoring, diagnostics and numerical simulation of steam and gas turbine operation;
• System for on-line analysis of thermal and stress states of steam turbines;
• Operation, maintenance and modernization decision support for power units, with  regards to operation and risk costs;
• Steam turbine modernization and adjustment in scope of off-design conditions.
 
Department of Thermal Technology
 In particular, research area of the Department concentrates on:

• Modelling of combustion processes, pollutants formation and reduction based on commercial and in-house codes, optimization of boilers’ operation and design
• Low-emission combustion - reduction of pollutants’ emission in stoker-fired, pulverized-fuel, underfeed stoker, gas and oil boilers
• Technology of combustion in highly preheated air - HTAC - application to gaseous, liquid and solid fuels combustion
• Solid and liquid biomass utilization in the energy sector - investigation and optimization of ignition, combustion and gasification processes, utilization of syngas as a reburning fuel
• Thermochemical conversion of organic substances - gasification, devolatilization, pyrolysis, combustion and TG-DTA analysis
• Measurements of pollutant emission - sampling techniques using different kinds of probes, determination of pollutant concentration using exhaust-gas analysers and gas chromatography
• Optimization of heat generating systems and heat distribution networks with special stress on coal, gas and oil boilers
• Control of heat generating plant boilers, optimization of stoker fired boilers - development of control algorithms
• Transport and thermal properties of solid, liquid and gas fuels - determination of rheological parameters and surface tension of liquid fuels including bio-oils, laminar flame speed of gaseous fuels, burning constant of liquid fuels (d-square law of droplet combustion), etc.
• Velocity of the reaction front in solid fuel fixed-bed
• Atomization of liquid fuels and other liquids with application to burners and flue gas desulphurization units
• Transfer of heat radiation in oil flames - investigation of influence of combustion process parameters on soot formation and heat exchange
• Design, construction, development and optimization of operation gas, oil and pulverized-fuel burners
• Transformation of heavy metals during thermochemical conversion processes of solid fuels (combustion/gasification/pyrolysis) - the impact of process conditions and fuel composition
• Optimization of efficiency and pollutant emission from gasifier-boiler system,
environmental impact of combustion and gasification processes
• High efficiency isothermal gas turbine
• Mathematical modelling of energy management of industrial plants
• Analysis of cumulative consumption of energy and exergy
• Balance of thermal industrial processes
• Optimization of thermal processes
• Application of the least squares adjustment technique in thermal engineering
• Management of heat and power cogeneration, gas, coal, combined gases and steam cogeneration plants
• Energy storage and problems of blast-furnace and Corex processes
• Improvement of industrial plant’s heat management
• Thermodynamic and economic problems of environmental protection
• Thermovision measurements technique
• Control systems of power operation and CHP units using advanced measurement validation techniques
• Selection method for the most effective technologies for fuel chemical energy conversion into heat and electricity
• Mathematical modelling of thermodynamic processes in refrigerating technology
• Energy and economics analysis of refrigerating technology
• Optimization of design of refrigerating device parameters
• Waste energy utilization in the industry by applying refrigerating technology
• Industrial air conditioning
• Optimization of cooling processes
• Cooling of industrial water
• Heat and mass transfer problems modelling utilizing in-house codes and commercial packages
• Application of inverse methods in heat and mass transfer problems
• Development of inverse techniques
• Thermal-hydraulic process modelling within the containments of nuclear reactors’ water during normal and accidental conditions
• Mathematical modelling of thermal and flow problems, coupled with chemical reactions and phase changes
• Development of numerical methods: Finite Volumes, Finite Elements and Boundary Elements Methods
• Modelling of bio-Med-engineering problems (heat transfer in humans, human thermal physiology, environmental ergonomics, thermal comfort)
• Heat generation in different stages of a nuclear fuel cycle
• Deterministic safety analysis of nuclear reactors
• Mathematical modelling of power industry devices and installations
• Shape optimization
• Artificial intelligence
• Mathematical modelling of thermodynamic processes, gas power systems, combined steam and gas power systems, ground water flow and pollutant spreading
• Heat radiation - development of in-house code. modelling of radiative properties of gases
 
Department of Environmental Biotechnology brings together theoretical and applied research in the field of environmental sciences, especially in biotechnology merged with other processes in co-treatment techniques and eco-toxicology.

The department conducts research connected with knowledge about biotechnology, together with membrane techniques and advanced oxidation processes, as well as adsorption processes.

This research facilitates as follows:

• Profound treatment of re-used water, liquid waste and wastewater as landfill leachates, post-fermentation effluents, industrial wastewater from pharmaceutics, preservation products and food production,
• soil and groundwater bioremediation using permeable biobarriers.
Main research activities focus on a wide range of biological and chemical threats in water management. The main issues are the removal of biotoxins, endocrine disrupting chemicals, traces of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, pesticide metabolites, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon metabolites and toxic intermediate products of chemical oxidation processes from wastewater, re-used water, soil and groundwater.

Scholarships 2020/2021
Admission 2019/2020
Art & Design Competition
European projects
ELSEVIER Awards Poland
HR Excellence in Research
 
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