University: the building

Wrocław University of Technology is an inheritor of the tangible property of the German Königliche Technische Hochschule Breslau and the intellectual and research traditions of the Lvov Polytechnic. The university has been functioning under the current name since 1945. Today, it belongs to the best technical universities in Poland – over 32 000 students study here under the guidance of 2 000 academic teachers, at the 12 faculties and the Department of Fundamental Studies, as well as in the 4 regional branches (Bielawa, Jelenia Góra, Legnica, Wałbrzych). Recently, it has been announced the best technical university in Poland for the second consecutive time in the oldest Polish ranking of higher education schools carried out by the “Wprost” magazine (in 2006 and 2007). Wrocław University of Technology allows students to learn either according to standard programmes or to choose an individual programme. The university maintains lively contacts with teaching and research institutions from all over the world – from Europe to America. Thanks to the co-operation agreements signed, students and research employees of the Wrocław University of Technology have the opportunity to study abroad and to take part in joint research projects. The university is involved in the following research programmes: LLP-Erasmus, Erasmus-Mundus, the 7th Framework Programme, and Leonardo da Vinci. The high level of research carried out, matching the world’s best, and the well-equipped laboratories result in a wide co-operation with Polish and international companies, e.g. Philips Lighting Poland S.A., KOGENERACJA S.A., Toyota, LG, WABCO, EnergiaPro, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., Whirlpool. As part of these agreements, joint research projects are carried out. Also, students gain the opportunity to perform internships or training or to write their diploma thesis in the branches of the renowned companies in any part of the world.

Facts and Figures

  • one of the largest academic schools in Poland,
  • 32 929 students,
  • 12 Faculties and the Department of Fundamental Studies in Wrocław,
  • 4 regional branches in Bielawa, Jelenia Góra, Legnica and Wałbrzych,
  • over 4 000 employees, including about 2 000 research and teaching staff,
  • over 250 buildings with modern laboratories, libraries, Internet access, multimedia-fitted lecture rooms,
  • over 640 international agreements,
  • active international co-operation; involvement in numerous research programmes, within 7th Framework Programme, EUREKA, COST, ARISS, the Coal and Steel Fund, Structural Funds (foresight),
  • participation in international students exchange programmes: LLP-Erasmus, Erasmus-Mundus, Leonardo da Vinci,
  • participation in double diplomas programmes,
  • member of the European University Association.
  • Institute of Materials Science and Applied Mechanics

The Institute of Material Science and Applied Mechanics (part of WRUT, engaged in Project) is completely equipped for studies of materials and constructions under static and dynamic loads. There are facilities for measuring displacement, deformation, speed and acceleration. It disposes of facilities for investigating acoustic emission and precise temperature measurements. It has original (constructed in the Institute) appliances for measuring the magnetic field around mechanically deformed samples and constructions. It has means to carry out complete studies of microscopic structures (optical and electronic microscopes) and X-ray examination.
Fields of Interests: methods of experimental mechanics, modeling of processes in mechanics, fracture mechanics and the fatigue of materials, strength of materials, dimensional analysis and theory of similarity, structural studies, biomechanics, dynamics of mechanical systems, strength hypotheses, elasticity and plasticity theory, materials technology (SMART materials, nano-materials, new plastics and their technology, reinforced composite structures, changes in microstructure and material properties, sol-gel technology), technology and testing of high-pressure composite vessels (CNG and H2), recycling of plastics.
The Institute employs 48 persons (8 professors, 20 doctors) and 20 Ph.D. students.

University: the building

Main contributions to the project

WRUT will be involved for experimental and numerical tasks of Project:

  • Study on metal alloys and materials that show Giant Magnetocaloric Effect,
  • Symulations of magnetic field distribution.
  • Thermodynamics studies and analyses,
  • Study on sol-gel sensors,
  • Study on waste recovery techniques.

Key scientific staff

Prof. Jerzy KALETA, coordinator of 12 national grants (Polish Government Scientific Committee) and Polish coordinator of 5 international grants (for example: Polish-German Research Project, PHARE, 6th. FP). Competence in Pressure Vessels: Head of Research Project “Construction of Types of Movable High Pressure Composite Vessels for Methane”, Research Grant of Polish Government Scientific Committee, 1999-2002. StorHy Project – WRUT coordinator. Fields of Interest: Energy Hypothesis of Fatigue, Measurement of Energy and Damping, Application of Cross Effects in Fatigue (Villari Effect, Thompson Effect), Magnetovision, new NDT in Fatigue, MR Fluids, GMM Materials, Plasticity Induced Martensitic Transformation (PIMT).

Selected Publications

  • Gasperowicz, J. Kaleta, D. Lewandowski, P. Zając., “Isotropic magnetorheological elastomers with thermoplastic matrices: structure, damping properties and testing”, Smart Materials & Structures, 2010, vol. 19, nr 4, 7.
  • E. Zschech, M. Hasiak, J. Kaleta, M. Miglierini, J. Zbroszczyk., “Microstructure investigations and magnetic after-effect in amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-Zr-Ti-B-Cu alloy”, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. 2008, vol. 320, nr 20, s. e783-e786.
  • D. Lewandowski, J. Kaleta, G. Ziętek., “Inelastic properties of magnetorheological composites: II. Model, identification of parameters”, Smart Materials & Structures, 2007, vol. 16, s. 1954-1960.