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Research activities

    Research by the academic staff of the faculty is of crucial importance. Not only does it help ensure that teaching is as up to date as possible. It is also of great value in its own right, as new ideas are tested, developed, and added to the body of knowledge. Current research is focused on six main disciplines: extractive metallurgy, materials science (physical and powder metallurgy), metal forming, heat engineering and environment protection, applied computer science and computer-aided modelling of metallurgical processes, comprising all problems related to metallurgy, materials science and so-called deep forming of iron-based materials. The Faculty is research-intensive. Its ethos from its earliest days has been to produce highly relevant research that solves real problems to assist both business and industry, and improve people's quality of life. Nearly half of the Faculty's income is for research, and its research partnerships and links with business and industry are the envy of other institutions.

Major research lines in ferrous alloys metallurgy:
  • theoretical and laboratory studies and investigations conducted in industrial conditions and related to blast furnace, steel making processes and continuous steel casting;
  • studies related to metal forming processes - hot forming (rolling and forging) and cold forming (rolling, drawing and sheet-metal forming), with application of non-conventional technologies of deep processing;
  • studies on combustion processes of solid, liquid and gas fuels, heating and cooling of products (heat exchange), heating and air conditioning systems, environmental protection and waste utilisation;
  • problems related to heat treatment, hot and cold forming and the latest achievements of materials science.

Materials science covers:
  • basic problems related to the crystallographic structure of materials and application
  • problems aimed at solving many detailed problems;
  • enabling the production of new materials or known materials, yet provided with precisely described user's and operational properties;
  • surface engineering;
  • functionally graded materials;
  • metallic glasses;
  • laser surface treatment;
  • laser ablation;
  • nanotechnology.

Applied Computer Science research is focused on:
  • computer aided management and information technology;
  • development of computer graphics algorithms of fast visualisation;
  • application of parallel and distributed computation;
  • decision support systems in local and wide area networks;
  • development of domain database systems;
  • application of object oriented programming to simulation of high temperature processes, nanocoating and ion technique;
  • applications of artificial intelligence, including expert systems and artificial neural networks, to control modelling of processes in metallurgy and materials science;
  • numerical modelling of thermal, mechanical and microstructural phenomena in material processing;
  • prediction of microstructure and properties of products;
  • numerical simulations of electron diffraction;
  • numerical modelling of advanced processes, such as the deformation of solids in the two-phase range of temperatures;
  • semi-solid deformation and multi-phase fluid flows;
  • development of constitutive rheological laws for materials deformed under complex conditions.