Faculty of Materials Engineering - Scientific research
Research carried out at the Faculty of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy mostly focuses on the following topics:
- waste-free technologies,
- development and utilization of waste materials,
- mathematical modelling and optimization of metallurgic processes,
- environment management,
- electric heating engineering,
- computer aided design processes,
- theory and technology of metallic materials,
- cracking mechanics,
- modelling of heat flow processes,
- kinetics of welding processes,
- waste formation and destruction,
- technologies of composite formation,
- surface engineering,
- structure analysis and properties,
- design of chemical composition and technologies of materials subjected to complex mechanical and thermal load and corrosion environment,
- ceramic technologies of special properties,
- stereological methods,
- new biomedical materials.
Every year, around 100 research projects are implemented at the Faculty.
In the time period between 2013 and 2016, our workers applied for 15 patents.
Department of Production Engineering conducts research activities in the fields of:
Projects implemented at the Department:
Main research conducted at the Institute of Metals Technology:
Main research projects implemented in the Institute:
Modern material technologies in the aerospace industry (PKAero), Innovative Economy Operational Programme (IE OP) No. POIG.01.01.02-00-015/08-00,
Project coordinator at the Silesian University of Technology: Prof. PhD DSc Eng. Eugeniusz Hadasik, duration: 1.07.2008- 30.06.2015
Development of innovative technology for production of significantly improved bends of thick-walled steam pipelines, Innovative Economy Operational Programme (IE OP) No. POIG.01.04.00-24-040/12, Project led by ZRE Katowice S.A.,
Project coordinator at the Silesian University of Technology: PhD DSc Eng. Marek Cieśla, Prof. in SUT
Main areas of research conducted at the Division of Ceramic Materials and Composites, under the Institute of Material Science, in the field of ceramics:
Materials engineering: advanced oxide ceramics, oxynitride ceramics, ceramic phosphors, transparent ceramics, nanocomposites, glass and optic fibres, biomaterials,
Methods of testing: particle size distribution, erosion and corrosion of ceramics, X-ray structural analysis, scanning electron microscopy, optical properties
Major research projects, currently implemented or recently completed at the Division of Ceramic Materials and Composites (financed from external sources):
Removing fibre glass-ceramic preform based on SiO2-Al2O3-PbO-PbF2 doped ions, thulium, ytterbium and erbium for the purpose of active fibres and to determine their ownership of transmission and emission. 2009-2011 Full Professor Michael Żelechower.
Preparation and luminescent properties of single phase YAP:RE3+ ceramic materials, 2014-2017, Daniel Michalik, PhD
A quantitative description of the kinetics of nucleation and crystallization of fluorides and oxyfluorides' nano-crystals in glass fibre and oxide-fluoride co-doped with erbium and ytterbium, as well as luminescent properties of transmission and fibre glass-ceramic. 2015-2017. Full Professor Michael Żelechower.
Synthesis of efficient luminophosphors based oxynitride compounds for the lighting industry, 2015-2018, Full Professor Małgorzata Sopicka-Lizer,
Main areas of research conducted at the Division of Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering, under the Institute of Material Science:
CVD, out of pack and pack cementation technologies - high temperature resistant coatings for aero-engine, turbine blade and vanes application,
Major research projects, currently implemented or recently completed at the Division of Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering:
Development and implementation of deposition technology and properties of protective coatings on aircraft engine components, made of nickel and titanium alloys, industrial partner Pratt and Whitney Rzeszow. Technology was implemented on PW 4000 engine components.
Development and implementation of platinum-modified aluminide coatings technology on gas turbine blades, with increased resistance to high temperature corrosion, industrial partner Pratt and Whitney Rzeszow. Technology was implemented on aero-engine turbine blades made of nickel base alloy.
Development and implementation of anti-corrosion protection technologies for stationary and rotary components of the PZL-10W and PZL-10S engine compressors using alternative chromium-free coatings, industrial partner Pratt and Whitney Rzeszow. Technology was implemented on aero-engine compressor parts.
European Project COST – 522: „POWER GENERATION INTO the 21 CENTURY: “Ultra efficient, low emission plant” Gas Turbine Group, Working Group WP 2, New coatings and processes „Overaluminizing of MeCrAlY coatings by arc-PVD process.”
Cooperative Research for Next Generation High Efficiency LP Turbine, Acronym: Coopernik, “Advanced Improved Efficiency Low Pressure Turbine Unit”, industrial partner Avio Aero Polska, INNOLOT project,
Advanced techniques of aircraft transmission manufacturing, Acronym: InnoGear, “Advanced Technique of Aircraft Gear Manufacturing”, industrial partner Safran Hispano-Suiza Polska, INNOLOT project.
Main areas of research conducted at the Division of Metallography, under the Institute of Material Science:
Major research projects, currently implemented or recently completed at the Division of Metallography:
INNOLOT-1-08, INNOCAST „Investment - casting process optimization and validation of hollow LPT multivane clusters with thin walls and trailing edges for GP7000 turbofan jet engines”: WP7 - Post-cast operation, quality control techniques and procedures, WP8 - Validation and optimization of casting repairing proces parameters.
Main researcher: Jan Cwajna (2013-2015).
Division of Engineering Materials, operating within the Institute of Material Science, is mainly involved in research connected with the analysis of materials' structure and development of technology.
Fields of interests of the scientific staff comprise of:
A number of research projects has been conducted at the Department of Engineering Materials:
“Phenomena occurring during creep of modern, high-silicon Mg-Si-X (Mn, Sn, Zn) alloys”,
Department of Industrial Informatics undertakes research activities in the fields of:
Current research projects implemented at the Department (external financing):