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Laboratories of the Institute of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials form an integrated complex structure, essential for scientific research, consisting of 50 specialist laboratories, equipped and gradually expanded with high-end scientific and research devices. Only qualified academics of the Institute, who completed specialized training courses can become operators of research equipment in the Institute Laboratories.


Laboratory of Engineering Materials and Biomaterials consists of several workrooms responsible for:

  • High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Photovoltaic and Electrical Properties
  • Computer-Aided Stereology Investigations
  • Computer-Aided Engineering Works for Bioengineering and Prosthodontia
  • Material Processes Technology in Prosthodontia
  • Laboratory of Forming Dentistry Prosthesis
  • Integrated Material Processes in Bioengineering and Prosthodontia
  • Light and Confocal Microscope Methodology
  • High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Chemical Analysis
  • X-Ray Diffraction Analysis and Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Atomic Force Microscopy and Spectral Analysis
  • Polymer Materials Investigation


Scientific and Didactic Laboratory of Nanotechnology and Materials Technologies consists of workrooms responsible for:

  • Materials, Composites and Polymer Nanocomposites Processing
  • Metal Materials, Ceramic and Photovoltaic Laser Surface Treatment
  • Powder Metallurgy and Ceramic Materials
  • Composite and Nanostructural Materials Technology Using the Intensive Plastic Deformation Methods
  • Metal Alloys and Materials Heat Treatment Using Semiconductors
  • Metal Alloys Plastic Deformation
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computer Assistance in Nanotechnology and Materials Technology
  • Equipment and Materials Technologies Design by the Use of Virtual Reality Methods
  • Technological Processes Visualisation Using Virtual Reality Methods
  • Nanostructural Coatings Surface Engineering
  • Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Materials Manufacturing and Metal, Ceramic and Gradient Materials Laser Constitution
  • Nanotubes and Nanomaterials
  • Materialographic Control and Manufacturing Quality Management


Laboratory of Computational Materials Engineering consists of workrooms responsible for:

  • Computer-aided Materials Processes Management 
  • Computer-aided Materials Processes Designing 
  • Multimedia Techniques 
  • Computer Networks and Internet Tools 
  • Computer-aided Machine Material Design 
  • Artificial Intelligence Methods in Materials Engineering 
  • Computer-aided Stereological Examination 
  • Computational Materials Science Examination


Laboratory of Technology consists of workrooms responsible for:

  • Mechanical Working 
  • Amorphous and Nano-crystalline Materials
  • Heat Treatment
  • Corrosion Examination


The Institute of Technological Processes, Automation and Integrated Manufacturing System has a complex network of laboratories, operating under the Institute:

Laboratory of Automation, Mechatronics, Integrated Manufacturing Systems and Methods of Production Control is divided into nine labs:

  • The Laboratory of Integrated Manufacturing Systems and Virtual Reality:
    Contact: Associate Professor Andrzej Baier PhD, DSc (

    Intended for research in the field of integrated manufacturing and virtual reality, in this laboratory it is also possible to train engineers, technicians, PhD students, participants of extramural and postgraduate studies in the field of VR and integrated manufacturing systems. 
  • The Laboratory of Pneumotronics and Hydrotronics:
    Contact: Agnieszka Sękala PhD (, and Krzysztof Foit PhD (

    The laboratory is intended for research in the field of automation of technological processes related to mechatronic systems design, production and operation methods, including pneumatic, electro-pneumatic, pneumotronics and hydrotronics control systems. In this laboratory it is also possible to train engineers, technicians, PhD students, participants of part-time and postgraduate studies in the field of computer methods associated with elaboration of the visualization of both technological processes, as well as the synthesis and analysis of electro-pneumatic control systems. 
  • The Laboratory of Automation and Robotisation of Technological Processes:
    Contact: Wacław Banaś PhD (

    The laboratory of Automation and Robotisation of Technological Processes is equipped with a robotised technological system in the form of a work-cell, designed to carry out research related to the control of robotised technological systems, network integration of technological systems and off-line programming of manipulation robots, as well as planning tasks for robots, with particular attention to collision-free movement in the workspace. The AiRPT laboratory is equipped with two modern FANUC AM 100iB industrial manipulation robots with RJ-3iB and RJ_3iC systems, the FlexLink line transport system with SEW drive and programmable control, and a CNC machine tool with the Sinumerik 840D control and FANUC and Simatic S7 PLCs. 
  • The Laboratory of Sensor Systems and Industrial Networks:
    Contact: Piotr Michalski PhD (, and Mariusz Hetmańczyk PhD (

    The laboratory enables the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of industrial networks, such as: Industrial Ethernet, PowerLink, Profinet, Profibus DP, AS-interface, CC-Link, MelsecNET, MelsecNet B, CANopen, Devicenet. Research and measurement systems are developed by the doctoral and individual students, based on the available network standards and laboratory industrial sensors. Scientific and developmental research is being conducted in the laboratory, related to the design of industrial networks structure, building of distributed control systems, selection of industrial sensors, programming of PLC controllers, automation of technological processes, construction of real-time diagnostic systems, construction of systems for checking the correctness of details.
  • The Laboratory of Management Methods and Integrated Management Systems:
    Contact: Associate Professor Damian Krenczyk PhD, DSc (

    Research on modelling and simulation of production and logistic systems is conducted in the laboratory. Students learn how to use different kinds of management software, e.g. for production scheduling and verification of orders (KbRS, SWZ), simulation of production and logistic processes (Enterprise Dynamics, Flexsim) and integrated enterprise management (IFS, ISOF).
  • The Laboratory of Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering:
    Contact: Cezary Grabowik PhD, DSc (, Krzysztof Kalinowski PhD, DSc (, and Witold Janik PhD (

    Rapid prototyping and tooling equipment in the laboratory provides students with practical possibility to gain experience in the field of modern technology, 3D scanning and printing methods in manufacturing. 
    Research on practical implementation of the additive manufacturing techniques in small batch production is conducted in the laboratory, as well as the research on inverse engineering application in various areas of industrial activities.
  • The Laboratory of Composite Materials Application in Design and Machine Operation:
    Contact: Sławomir Żółkiewski PhD, DSc (

    Technical laboratory is responsible for conducting practical research on application of composite materials in machine design and operation. 
  • The Technical Laboratory:
    Contact: Rafał Rząsiński PhD (

    The intention of Technical Laboratory is to undertake activities related to the physical preparation of research and student stands. The laboratory features lathe, milling machine, CNC controlled milling machine and vacuum casting system. 
  • The Laboratory of Drive Application Mechatronics:
    Contact: Julian Malaka, MSc 

    The Laboratory of Drive Application Mechatronics features educational and laboratory stations in the field of modern electric drives. The SEW-EURODRIVE company participates in the process of educating students in the laboratory. As an industrial partner of the Silesian University of Technology, the company provides technologically advanced equipment and guarantees specialised assistance, allowing future graduates to familiarise themselves with practical issues, drawn directly from the market areas of production and transportation. 


Laboratories of Advanced Material Technologies and Mechatronics, Robotisation and Machining Technology. Laboratory of Robotisation is divided into 3 Labs:

  • The Laboratory of Technological Processes:
    Contact: Wacław Banaś PhD (, Sławomir Żółkiewski PhD, DSc (

    The laboratory is equipped with Fanuc ArcMate industrial robot with a modern 100iC controller characterised by enhanced productivity. The robot has multitude of mounting options, offering huge versatility across a wide range of high-speed technological applications. This standard 6-axis robot is both economical and space-saving. It is also equipped with additional axis, precise robotic track, visual safety barriers and traditional safety fence.   
  • The Laboratory of Power Hydraulics:
    Contact: Klaudiusz Klarecki PhD (

    The equipment of the Laboratory of Power Hydraulics consists of three working stations, used for testing:
    • directly operated valves and the piloted operated valves – equipped with three positive displacement pumps, two of which are variable axial piston pumps. With such devices, it is possible to test small hydraulic valves and pilot operated valves.

    • proportional operated valves – used to test modern proportional valves, which are components of hydrotronic systems. This station is equipped with WRE6 proportional directional valve and DBE6 proportional pressure relief valves with VT-VSPD digital amplifiers. It enables testing static and dynamic performance curves of the proportional valves. The station can also be used to verify the correction methods of proportional valves flow or pressure characteristics.
    • electric synchronous linear motor – used to compare the electric and hydraulic linear motors. It is based on the servo electric IndraDrive family with synchronous linear motor type IndraDyn L.
  • The Laboratory of Simulation of Vehicles Movement:
    Contact: Piotr Ociepka PhD (, and Andrzej Dymarek PhD, DSc (

    The laboratory is equipped with a simulator dedicated specifically to people with physical disabilities, who wish to learn how to drive. It has four screens and projectors, used to display virtual environment (manoeuvring area, roads in undeveloped and city traffic areas). The screen located at the back of the simulator enables the observation in the right side mirror, rear-view mirror and shows the image during the reversing manoeuvre. A car body is placed on a hexapod unit, which guarantees appropriate movements during the simulation of real physical sensations that occur while driving. For this purpose, the laboratory uses classic Stewart platform placed on six legs with variable length. In the simulator, there are three computers responsible for operation of the simulator within a range of elaborated scenarios.

    The Laboratory is also responsible for conducting research in the field of simulation and analysis of movement of motor vehicle and motion of parallel robots (Stewart’s platforms).


Laboratory of Mechatronics, Sensors, Mechatronic Systems in the Control and Visualization of Technical Systems is divided into 6 Labs:  

  • The Laboratory of Discrete and Continuous Processes Control:
    Contact: Grzegorz Ćwikła PhD, DSc (, and Iwona Paprocka PhD (

    The workstation located in the laboratory gives students the possibility to learn about computer systems used for monitoring of production flow in real time. It is integrated with intelligent image processing system, 3-dimensional manipulator, part identification system with laser code reader and RFID with network equipment used for integration of production systems.  
  • The Laboratory of MULTIMOTION – Multi-Axis Control Laboratory:
    Contact: Adam Cholewa PhD (, Grzegorz Głoda PhD, and Krzysztof Herbuś PhD (

    MULTIMOTION – Multi-Axis Control Laboratory provides students with the possibility to acquire hands-on experience with computerised control and drive systems used in the industry. Currently, the laboratory features one drive application with a system of three electric cylinders. This application is used by students to master the use of various communication protocols, such as PROFIBUS, INTERBUS, INTERBUS LWL, DeviceNet, CAN, CANopen and Ethernet. An integral part of such complex application is the MOVIAXIS multi-axis servo frequency inverter. The laboratory is equipped with Kawasaki RS005L industrial robot with grippers and storage systems. 
  • The Laboratory of Simulation and Visualisation of Mechatronic Systems:
    Contact: Andrzej Wróbel PhD (

    The Laboratory of Simulation and Visualization of Mechatronic Systems was designed as a  control centre and data archive for other laboratories of the Institute, where students can design and launch visualizations of industrial systems. A few years ago, operator supervising the process in industrial plants had to stand in front of the wall with hundreds of indicators, switches and recorders. Today, you can achieve the same functionality with one or two monitors, as well as a more powerful data archive using SCADA programs. iFIX software for visualization of industrial processes, and the Proficy Historian for SCADA, installed on the computers, allowing users to archive historical data from the process on local node PC with the ability to provide information to the central Historian server.
  • The Laboratory of Mechatronic Systems Control:
    Contact: Piotr Michalski PhD (

    The Laboratory gives the opportunity of a comprehensive training in the field of mechatronic systems control, using the newest automation solutions. Laboratory equipment consists of three main elements. The first one includes a PLC controller integrated with operator’s panel and a set of input/output analogue and digital modules, temperature sensor and counter module. The second element includes a security system consisting of a safety controller, safety I/O and peripheral devices. There is also a servo-drive with two synchronous motors and frequency inverter with asynchronous motor. The last element contains a communication gateway, compliant with popular industrial standards, such as POWERLINK, ProfiBus, ProfiNet, AS-i, IO-Link and others. 
  • The Laboratory of MEMS Applications:
    Contact: Mariusz Hetmańczyk PhD (

    The Laboratory of MEMS Applications is located in the Centre of New Technologies of the Silesian University of Technology and belongs to the resources of the Institute of Engineering Processes Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Systems.

    The Laboratory is equipped with NU-LB-NUC140 educational kits produced by NUVOTON company, which allow to carry out classes with the basics of microcontroller programming, dedicated especially to MEMS applications. Additionally, the equipment also contains triaxial accelerometers and base plates for the assembly of electronic circuits prototype based on standard electronic components. Portable computers with dedicated NUVOTON ICP_Programming_Toolsoftware also belong to the core laboratory equipment. 
  • The Laboratory of Hydraulic and Pneumatic Microdrives:
    Contact: Klaudiusz Klarecki, PhD (

    The Laboratory is equipped with a powerful laboratory station, which includes: microdrive modules, servo-cylinders and integrated CPX electronic central unit with MPA valve terminal produced by FESTO. The CPX central unit is equipped with two CPX-CMAX axis controllers with full motion control. Each axis controls the proportional VPWP valve and servo-cylinder with integrated encoder. With such equipment, students can practically test the pneumatic microdrives. Furthermore, they can research the effect of compressed air as a working medium for pneumotronic and micropneumatic units. In addition to that, due to the CoDeSys programming environment of the CPX terminal controller, students can improve their programming skills, with the ability to immediately test the created program in practice.


Scientific equipment of the Institute:

  • 3D printer Stratasys FDM360mc,
  • 3D printer Objet 24,
  • 3D scanner SMARTTECH ScanBright DUAL VOLUME,
  • 3D scanner Roland LPX600,
  • milling-engraving CNC machine (Roland MDX-40R),
  • vacuum casting (RENISHAW 5/01 PLC),
  • workplace for testing of computer systems used for production flow monitoring with intelligent In-line image processing system, 3-dimensional manipulator, part identification system with laser code reader and RFID radio identification with network equipment used for integration of production systems,
  • quasi-professional and professional programmes for synthesis and analysis of mechanical and mechatronic systems,
  • MGC plus amplifier,
  • Kawasaki RS005L robot,
  • robotic production cells (Fanuc ArcMate),
  • programmable logic PLC controllers,
  • extensometers,
  • high quality HBM measuring equipment
  • platform scale and force transducers, transmitters roads, strain gauges, MGC plus amplifiers, CANhead modules and acceleration sensors,
  • Polytec Modular Vibrometer (with OFV-534 Compact Sensor Head and OFV-2570 HF Vibrometer Controller),
  • WW5064 Tabor Electronics Arbitrary Waveform Generator,
  • MFC1500/50 Physical Instruments High Voltage Power Amplifier,
  • Piezoelectric accelerometers: PCB Piezotronics.


Computer software:

Authors Software:

  • Production order verification – SWZ,
  • Scheduling – KbRS,
  • CAD/CAM software: AutoCAD, Mechanical, I-DEAS, NX.

Other software:

  • Computer simulation of production systems  – Enterprise Dynamics, FlexSim,
  • Enterprise management – IFS Application 2000, ISOF – HEUTES.


The Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics has laboratories operating in various fields of research, it has at its disposal the newest professional equipment:

  • Cluster with 16 nodes -2 x Intel Xeon E5400, 128 cores, with Ethernet and InfiniBand DDR, 16 GB RAM on each node. LS Dyna MPP (massively parallel processing) is installed on cluster.
  • 192 licences for LS Dyna for research purposes (mpp)
  • 1 commercial license for LS Dyna
  • Matlab/SIMULINK software


Experimental modal analysis:

Laboratory equipment and experience in the field allow scientists to perform modal testing, including impact testing and operational modal analysis using natural excitation, as well as vibroacoustic measurements based on accelerometers and microphones. Modal testing can be used for structure dynamics assessment and modification. Dynamic signal measurement could be used for diagnostic purposes.

Laboratory equipment:

  • Signal analyser (SigLab 20-42)
  • TIRAvib 51075-M Excitation system 
  • TIRAvib 51120-M Excitation system
  • Triaxial accelerometers ICP (M356A02)
  • One axis accelerometers ICP (333B31)
  • M086C03 Modal hammer
  • M086D20 Modal hammer
  • Impedance head (M288D01)


Strength and fatigue testing, taking into consideration different environmental conditions:

  • Strength tests of materials and static loads specified for components, dynamic and changing cycle (fatigue testing),
  • determination of mechanical properties,
  • Calibration of prototype load cells,
  • Relaxation studies,
  • Three-point bending test,

Laboratory equipment:

  • Static: MTS Insight,
  • Dynamic: MTS 858 Table Top System,


Registration of fast-changing phenomena

The possibility to carry out fast-changing phenomena and identify selected elements of speed, acceleration and trajectory.

  • high-speed camera Phantom v.9.1


Autonomous vehicles and electric propulsion systems:

  • Simulation and design of hybrid electric propulsion systems,
  • Vehicle testing and diagnostics,
  • Electric and hybrid propulsion control algorithms formulation and optimization,
  • Semi-active suspension systems,
  • Hybrid electric tracked vehicle designs.

Laboratory equipment:

  • BOSCH FSA 740 with KTS 560 vehicle testing system,


Biomechanics and gait analysis:

  • Modelling and experimental gait and balance analysis of patients with neurological and physical disorders,
  • Blast pressure effects on human body simulation and testing,
  • Video motion and gait analysis,
  • Medical and rehabilitation equipment development.

Laboratory equipment:

  • Basler piA640-210qc cameras
  • Tema software
  • BTS Smart system


In the field of composite materials:

  • Design of composite materials and structures,
  • Simulation, stress analysis and optimization of composite structures,
  • Fatigue analysis of composites,
  • Simulation and testing of fatigue and aging of composite structures,
  • Non-destructive composite condition testing and degradation prediction.


The Institute of Mechanics and Computational Engineering has three well-equipped laboratories:

The Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence Application is equipped with professional tensile testing machines and measuring apparatus, including:

  • MTS hydraulic universal tensile testing machine (max. load 100kN, static and dynamic),
  • Instron ElectroPuls E10000 electrodynamic tensile testing machine (max. load 10kN, static and dynamic),
  • ZWICK model SMZ050/TH3S electrodynamic tensile testing machine (max. load 50kN, static),
  • MTS Insight System 10kN electrodynamic tensile testing machine (max. load 10kN, static),
  • HBM MGCplus Amplifier for strain gauges measurements,
  • LMS Scadas Mobile analyser,
  • CCD cameras (res. 1280x1024),
  • Thermal chamber (-70 to +350 °C).


Tissue Modelling Laboratory is equipped with professional apparatus for tissue modelling, including:

  • FLIR X6540sc thermovision camera (res. 640x512)
  • FLIR THERMACAM B20HS thermovision camera (res. 320x240)
  • FLIR i7 thermovision camera (res. 140x140)
  • OLYMPUS SZX 16 universal stereoscopic microscope
  • OLYMPUS CX 31 laboratory microscope
  • KS-2 set for cryodestruction of tissues
  • K21 and T100 cryostats
  • M310–HT calibration source
  • FLUKE 1502A reference thermometers for calibration


The Laboratory of Materials Tensile Testing is equipped with machines and devices used by students during practical classes, as well as to conduct research for engineers’ and masters’ theses.


The Department of Welding has several professional research laboratories:

Laboratory of robotized welding technology:

  • REIS SRV 6/16 robot operated by a programmable controller (Robot STAR V)
  • Teach Pendant connected to the controller (used for programming)
  • GTA (gas tungsten arc)
  • GMA (gas metal arc)
  • PTA (plasma tungsten arc)
  • Plasma cutting

Welding robot:

  • REIS SRV-6

Power sources:

  • CastoTig® 2002 AC/DC
  • CastoTig® 2202 AC/DC
  • EuTronic® GAP 2001


The Laboratory of Laser Techniques is equipped with:

  • high power diode laser (ROFIN DL 020, CNC table Isel Automation), calorimeter and monitoring system
  • fibre laser (SPI 200, with CNC table Isel Automation)
  • TRUMPF TruDisk 3302 – 3300W

Typical applications for high power industrial lasers are:

  • butt-welding of thin steel sheets,
  • surfacing,
  • alloying,
  • welding of thermoplastics,
  • surface treatment,
  • cutting.


Plasma Surfacing Laboratory is equipped with a fully automated Eutronic GAP 2001DC stand for plasma surfacing and cladding. This modern power source can also be used for plasma and microplasma welding. The Stand is controlled by a programmable control unit. It also offers a possibility of plasma surfacing of a broad spectrum of elements.


Metallographic Laboratory has modern microscopes and hardness testers, as well as high precision laboratory scales.


Research and Monitoring Laboratory is equipped with systems for monitoring of welding parameters, acoustic and image signals for arc welding, abrasion resistance apparatus (ASTM G76), impact test apparatus, erosion resistance apparatus (ASTM G65) and Pin-on-Disc apparatus  (ASTM G99).


The Welding Laboratory is equipped with 2 computer stands with the newest version of SYSWELD, which allows to simulate every welding and heat treatment process. Thanks to the close cooperation with MECAS ESI (part of ESI Group), users have access to direct support, as well as the possibility to work in the industrial projects.


Arc Welding and Thermal Cutting Laboratory:

Power sources:

  • Total Arc 5000, CASTOLIN,
  • Idealarc® DC400 LINCOLN ELECTRIC.

Thermal cutting machines:

  • UltraCut 100 Thermal Dynamics,
  • AirJet 100 Castolin,
  • Quicky-R MESER.


SMAW and MMA Welding Laboratory.


Resistance Welding Laboratory (with spot welding, seam welding, flash butt-welding and friction welding machines):

Resistance welding machines:

  • ZDZ-7 ASPA,
  • ZPb-6 ASPA + ASM-713

Submerged arc welding machine:

  • EASB LAF 635 DC + A2 Multitrac PEH ESAB + A2-A6 PEH ESAB


The Multifunctional CAD/CAM and Technical Diagnostics Laboratory operates under the Institute of Fundamentals of Machinery Design. It has been equipped with various types of hardware and software, allowing the realization of didactic classes and carrying out research by the Institute.

Multifunctional Laboratory consists of several other laboratories responsible for:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Process Diagnostics
  • Machinery Design Workshop
  • Machinery Diagnostics
  • Modal Analysis
  • Reverse Engineering and Rapid Prototyping
  • Diagnostic Vision Systems
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Mobile Autonomous Systems


The Department of Machine Technology consists of several well-equipped laboratories: 

  • The Laboratory of Mechatronic Technological Machines (Dynamic Measurement and Metrology Lab, and Mechatronic Drives Lab)
  • The Laboratory of Machine Tools and Machining Automation (Coordinate Metrology Lab, Workshop Measurement Lab, CAD/CAM Lab and Automated Machines and Production Systems Lab)
  • Laboratory of Machine Tools and Machining.

Selected machines and devices:

  • DMU60 5-axis machining centre,
  • MULTUS B200 6-axis lathe machining centre,
  • Coordinate Measuring Machines (Zeiss 400, Accura),
  • Raytek’s pyrometer,
  • thermographic cameras,
  • laser interferometer,
  • PCB Pizotronic’s and Bruel & Kjaer’s apparatus for measuring vibrations,
  • laser vibrometer,
  • Bruel & Kjaer’s apparatus for measuring cutting forces
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