Research and Development

Division of Biomaterials

The scientific research conducted by the Division of Biomaterials currently concentrates on three basic areas: (i) development of biomaterials and long-lasting implants and their production technology, (ii) laser modification of the surfaces of metals and (iii) development of zirconium alloys resistant to the hydrogen degradation in nuclear disaster conditions. Within the field of biomaterials engineering and technology, the conducted research regards the degradation of titanium alloys in the biological environment; production of titanium implants for dentistry and prosthetics using 3D printing methods; design and production of porous titanium implants for orthopedics; development of anti-corrosion and bio-activating oxidation technology for titanium implants; production technology for hydroxyapatite layers with nanometal additives. As far as laser processing is concerned, the division researches the effect exerted on the properties of the top layer of non-ferrous metal by laser remelting. Within the area of hydrogen degeneration, the research covers the modification of the composition of alloys for the fuel element pellets in nuclear power plants

The Division’s didactic activity is primarily conducted in such fields of study as: Nanotechnology, Material engineering, Mechanical and medical engineering. Subjects taught by the Division’s members of the staff include: Nanotechnologies in engineering and medicine, Biomaterials and nanobiomaterials, Layers and coatings, Powder metallurgy, Surface engineering.

Division of Bonding Engineering

The Division of Bonding Engineering realizes a wide range of didactic and scientific-research tasks. These tasks can be completed due to laboratories equipped with the state-of-the-art research and measurement equipment: laboratory of bonding and plastic working, laboratory of laser bonding, laboratory of material diagnostics, laboratory of non-destructive testing, laboratory of underwater bonding and bonding, laboratory of bonding metallurgy, laboratory for metal weldability testing, and computer laboratory.

High experience of the staff members and the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment allow the Division to co-operate with the industry, offering testing and research services: giving opinion and consulting regarding the development of bonding technology for complex objects meeting the requirements of the standards and regulations issued by Ships Classification Societies, technology of regeneration of machinery components, technology of plastic working of metals and works on the plastic working of metals, research on the theory of thermal processes accompanying bonding, bonding stress and deformation theory, brittle failures and delayed failures, theoretical basis and technology of explosive bonding. The Division’s staff members conduct classes on bonding, plastic working, foundry engineering and materials science within first and second cycle courses in 6 fields of study. Additionally, the members of the staff conduct the post graduate studies IWE I, IWE II, IWE III for the bonding personnel of all the levels of the supervision of bonding process. The graduates receive the diploma of the International Welding Engineer.

Division of Construction Materials

The Division’s field of scientific research includes:

  • Problems related to the quality of the process of cementing the casing pipes for hydrocarbon exploration and production boreholes
  • Problems related to the environmental degradation of casing pipes for hydrocarbon exploration and production boreholes
  • Problems related to the degradation of metals caused by cavitation loads
  • Problems related to the application of the laser beam for shaping the properties of the top layer of metal and ceramic construction compounds
  • Problems related to the application of ceramic nano-particles in designing composite materials on polymer matrix and their application as protective layers
  • Problems related to the optimization of the shape of the prosthesis of aortic valve made of bionanocellulose - Human Aortic Bioprosthesis
  • Problems related to the determination of the influence of bionanocellulose production technology on its mechanical properties in the context of its application in cardiovascular surgery

The didactic field of the lecturing staff is vast. The range of specialized subjects includes optical and electron microscopy, degradation of materials, selection and design of materials.