The Institute of Technology and Mechatronics specializes in aspects of Materials Engineeting and Surface Engineering.
The main research directions realized by the Institute are as follows:
- Physics and technology of electro-ceramic materials with piezo-piro- ferroelectric properties,
- Technology of manufacturing, morphology, properties and usage of a surface layer.
Research issues include the following tasks:
- Advancement in manufacturing technology of nano-structural ferroelectric materials with use of free sintering, sintering under pressure (hot pressing), gradient sintering and the gel-sol method,
- Advancement in technology of ceramic ferroelectric layers obtained with use of gel-sol method,
- Obtaining polymer-ceramic composites for use in electro-acoustic transducers and thermal converters,
- Researching characteristics of dielectric materials, piezoceramic ones and semiconductors in the function of temperature and frequency of measurement field,
- Researching the change of real structure in electro-ceramics with use of mechanical spectroscopy methods,
- Researching the phenomena accompanying the friction process, especially hydrogen consumption and friction metal plating,
- Shaping the utility properties of the surface layer of construction materials for tribological use,
- Elaborating admixtures to lubricants which excessively decrease wear processes,
- Elaborating admixtures to cooling liquids constituting protective and decorative layer,
- Testing, diagnosing and modernization of steelmaking processes including the issue of micro-supplements and impurities – especially contamination by non-metallic inclusions,
- Quantitative and qualitative testing of non-metallic inclusions morphology in casts and their influence on mechanical properties of the alloy,
- Testing the mechanism of iron alloys breakage during solidification and in service (+50oC-+180oC) and elaborating alloys resistant to breakage,
- Elaborating the technology of high-chromic iron alloys providing grains of tenfold fragmentation,
- Use of stereology and statistical methods for analysis, description and control of alloys structure and properties,
- Stereology testing of metals, alloys and ceramic materials with use of computer image analysis.