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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Technological / Research offer

 

Research and Technological offer of the Institute of Technological Processes, Automation and Integrated Manufacturing System include:

In the area related to production engineering and management:

  • application of new methods of design and preparation of manufacturing proces
  • modular systems for design and technology,
  • computer-aided design (AutoCad mechanical, I-deas NX).
  • development of algorithmic methods,
  • theory of construction and technology similarity in creation of series of design types and technology,
  • automatic classification in the process of aggregation of dimensions and creation of recycling processes.
  • computer-aided overhaul, technical state examination, refurbishing, reverse engineering.
  • production organization, computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM), rapid prototyping and tooling, reverse engineering, CAPP systems, technical and organizational production preparation.
  • mapping of business and production processes;
  • selection and implementation of computer simulation systems;
  • creation of simulation models;
  • performance and implementation of mapping,
  • transformation and exchange of data systems;
  • advice and consultation - analysis and implementation of MRP/ERP systems;
  • training and consultancy in application of lean management and lean manufacturing methods and tools;
  • creation and development of production planning and control.
  • design and development of production scheduling software,
  • software for supporting technical and organizational production preparation.

Contact: Cezary Grabowik PhD, DSc (cezary.grabowik@polsl.pl)

 

Area related to mechanics and dynamics of machinery:

  • determining dynamical discrete and continuous mechanical systems with transportation, as well as changes of their parameters in time, as a necessary condition of their modelling and the investigation of graphs, hypergraphs and structural numbers,
  • determining discrete, continuous and discrete-continuous mechatronic systems,
  • setting industrial and scientific consortiums,
  • measurement of physical quantities in automation using extensometry electrofusion
  • analysis and application of piezoelectric stacks.
  • modelling and testing of vibrating mechanical and mechatronic systems,
  • non-destructive testing,
  • energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations

Contact: Professor Andrzej Buchacz PhD, DSc (andrzej.buchacz@polsl.pl)

 

Research area related to robots programming:

  • integrating information about automated and robotic systems (industrial network of the Fieldbus type and hierarchized structures of numerical control),
  • designing specialized technological tools for manipulation robots (grippers, mechanical interfaces, positioners),
  • graphical modelling of a robot environment using CAD systems (e.g. simulation of kinematics and dynamics of technological systems),
  • tracking (control) of robots behaviour in their workplace, using sensor systems and programmable logic controllers (PLC),
  • adaptive robot programming using movement synchronization algorithms in technological, multi-robot systems,
  • scheduling tasks of manipulation robots, in particular planning the collision-free movement of a robot in its workspace.

Contact: Professor Gabriel Kost PhD, DSc (gabriel.kost@polsl.pl)

 

Research area related to applied hydraulics:

  • experimental tests of elements and hydrostatic drives, design of new and modernization of existing hydraulic components,
  • creating special, custom solutions of hydraulic cylinders and sequential control systems.

Contact: Professor Jerzy Świder PhD, DSc (jerzy.swider@polsl.pl)

 

Research area related to automation of technological processes:

Designing automation systems:

  • industrial automation systems based on logic controllers (PLC) and SCADA applications,
  • systems of component detection in assembly systems,
  • drive systems with frequency inverters,
  • diagnostic systems based on expert knowledge,
  • control systems in industrial networks, together with the PLC controllers and relay systems,
  • implementing solutions for industrial automation systems,
  • creating operation programs for systems with pneumatic and electropneumatic control, as well as PLC,
  • developing apparatus systems for integrated control systems, including selection of sensors and controllers,
  • creating prototypes of automatons,
  • creating control systems on the base of industrial networks, PLC controllers and relay systems.

 

Computer simulations and analysis:

  • simulation analysis of hydraulic components and systems, using the Matlab/Simulink environment,
  • simulation of pneumatic and electropneumatic systems in the FluidSIM environment,
  • hydraulic systems simulation in the FluidSIM H environment,
  • analysis of the phenomena associated with flows in hydraulic elements in the Siemens NX environment,
  • verification and simulation of control system operations using SCADA class software.

 

Providing assessments and reports in the area of:

  • devices’ design correctness, based on Mitsubishi, Bernecker und Rainer, FESTO and Siemens PLC controllers,
  • correctness of components selection and regularity of control systems operation
  • machine construction and technology concerning innovativeness.

 

Diagnostics of machines, networks and devices, in particular:

  • actuating industrial network modules and bus transmission networks,
  • resources of programmable logic controllers,
  • data exchange between devices in industrial networks of Profibus DP, Melsec NET and Ethernet types,
  • industrial application related to the implementation of industrial automation,
  • NI CompactRIO devices, PLC Siemens S7-300, S7-200, Mitsubishi Q, A2, A4, Fx; GC and Fanuc Micro, Nano controllers.

Contact: Professor Jerzy Świder PhD, DSc (jerzy.swider@polsl.pl)

 

Practical application of the CAD/CAE class programs:

  • product modelling,
  • joints creation,
  • creation of design and constructional documentation,
  • surface modelling,
  • modelling of bended elements from metal sheets,
  • kinematics and dynamics analysis,
  • motion simulation of mechanisms,
  • strength analysis and simulation of physical phenomenon using FEM.

Contact: Professor Gabriel Kost PhD, DSc (gabriel.kost@polsl.pl)

 

Technological and research offer of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics include:

Dynamics and sensitivity analysis, optimization of electromechanical propulsion systems.

The area of research of the Institute consists of propulsion systems testing, including planetary gearboxes with induction, servomotors and BLDC machines. The Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics can conduct torsional and flexural vibration analysis, including bearing stiffness, natural frequency assessment, sensitivity analysis and optimization of structural dynamics, in order to modify natural frequencies and maximum forces.

 

Main activities of the Institute of Mechanics and Computational Engineering relate to a number of issues and methods in solving various engineering problems:

Those issues include:

  • solid mechanics
  • heat transfer problems
  • fatigue analysis
  • micro- and nano-mechanics
  • coupled field problems
  • biomechanics
  • multiscale modelling
  • fuzzy sets in modelling physical and biological systems

Methods

  • finite element method (FEM)
  • boundary element method (BEM)
  • finite difference method (FDM)
  • meshless methods
  • fast multiplied BEM
  • adaptive FEM
  • methods of artificial intelligence
  • sensitivity analysis
  • inverse problems
  • classical optimization methods
  • bio-inspired methods (genetic and evolutionary algorithms, particle swarm optimizers, artificial immune systems)
  • multicriteria optimization methods
  • hybrid algorithms
  • granular methods
  • parallel, distributed, GPU and Grid computing
  • metamodeling

Application

  • Strength analysis by means of computer methods
  • Computer modelling of cracks propagation, coupled problems and biomechanics
  • Optimal design by means of classical and global optimization methods
  • Optimization of shape, boundary conditions, topology and multicriteria in different engineering problems
  • Identification in physical systems
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Method of numerical homogenization
  • Image processing in computer tomography
  • The use of thermography in medical diagnostics,

 

The research carried out at the Welding Department can be divided into five main areas:

  • Development of Advanced Welding Technologies with emphasis on:
    • Laser welding and cutting of steels and polymers,
    • Resistance welding,
    • Plasma welding, cutting and surfacing,
    • Gas-metal-arc welding and surfacing.
  • Monitoring and Automation in Welding:
    • Monitoring of arc based processes,

    • Automation of plasma and laser welding processes,
    • Application of robots in welding. 
  • Computer Aided Welding:
    • FEM simulation of welding processes (SYSWELD),

    • Calculation of expenses related to welding processes,
    • CAD/CAM in welding technology. 
  • Welding Metallurgy:
    • Research of weldability of steels and other structural materials,

    • Micro- and macrostructure observation,
    • Research on metallurgical processes during arc welding. 
  • Expertise and advising for industry

 

Staff of the Institute of Fundamentals of Machinery Design is highly experienced in investigation and industrial application related to main fields of research of the Institute.

The Institute carries out research and service orders in the fields of:

  • diagnostics of machinery state and technological processes:
    • creation and development of modern diagnostic systems, e.g. for production processes control and distribution systems, examination of machinery state under varying operation conditions,
    • diagnostic investigation aided by multi-aspect measurements of vibroacoustic and thermal quantities, e.g. the examination of thermal isolation of buildings, diagnostics of pipelines and thermal equipment,
    • identification of defects on various surfaces using vision systems,
    • estimation of noise and vibration hazards, preparation of expertise concerning noise and vibration propagation ways and their influence on human body.
  • measurement of various physical quantities, e.g.:
    • acoustic measurements, such as: sound level, acoustic power, sound intensity, localization of sound/noise sources,
    • strain measurement using electric resistance wire strain gauges and piezoelectric strain sensors.
  • experimental modal investigation and analysis;
  • acoustic and vibration signal analysis, time-frequency analysis, high order signal estimation, signal processing using pattern analysis;
  • various design and engineering works connected with:
    • designing mechatronic systems,
    • designing stationary and mobile robots for various applications.
  • elaboration of applications aiding engineering works during machinery design processes, with the use of CAD/CAM systems, engineering knowledge acquisition and data mining tools;
  • development of intelligent computational and decision systems for aiding the process of solving various engineering problems, e.g. expert and dynamic expert systems, as well as other computational systems aided by various artificial intelligence methods;
  • creating 3D models of different dimension-limited objects using their digitalisations made on the basis of technical documentation (even incomplete) or with the use of 3D scanner and milling technique (in Necuron material). Such models could be used e.g. in medical, artistic or technical design and production processes.

Moreover, the Institute of Fundamentals of Machinery Design is open for cooperation in terms of solving problems related to:

  • machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery,
  • development of knowledge acquisition methods for diagnostic expert systems, knowledge representation in diagnostic expert systems,
  • information selection and reduction methods,
  • automatic diagnosing,
  • rule-, context- and case-based reasoning,
  • development of diagnostic databases and their implementation in diagnostics and monitoring systems,
  • diagnosing with hidden models,
  • identification and application of approximate and/or uncertain models for technical diagnostics,
  • model-based prediction of state propagation,
  • industrial application of diagnostic and intelligent monitoring systems,
  • probability calculations, identification of diagnostic rules with application of Bayesian networks,
  • innovative applications, identification of inverted models and inverse problem solving,
  • multi-model based diagnostics,
  • data fusion,
  • signal processing in dynamic expert systems.

 

Within the technological and research offer, the Department of Machine Technology can conduct following tests and measurements:

  • measurement of linear positioning of machines with numerical control,
  • measurement of angular positioning of tables and spindles of numerically controlled machines,
  • measurement of straightness
  • measurement of surface flushness
  • measurement of perpendicularity of planes
  • measurement of speed
  • measurement of vibrations
  • measurement of temperaturę
  • measurements using coordinate-based techniques (CMM)
  • scanning of 3D objects
  • measurement of machining forces
  • measurements of static stiffness of technological machines

 

Contact:

  • Arkadiusz Kolka, PhD (arkadiusz.kolka@polsl.pl) – CAD/CAM programming and processing specialist, technology implementation specialist
  • Janusz Śliwka, PhD (janusz.sliwka@polsl.pl) - machine testing specialist and analyst of innovation implementation in the industry
Scholarships 2020/2021
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ELSEVIER Awards Poland
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