Why a doctorate?

The international industry is developing at an incredibly fast rate. This process demands a strong, well qualified engineering staff. The five-year-period of BSc and then MSc studies begins to be not enough to make a graduate meet this challenge. Therefore, it has been observed that the commercial companies have turned their attention to the engineers with PhD degrees. The three-stage study system - the BSc, the MSc and the PhD - has inevitably become crucial in the European Community.

About the Institute...

The Institute of Thermal Technology is affiliated with the Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology. Almost half of the scientists out of over 30 full time staff members at the Institute are Professors can supervise doctoral thesis. Currently, the Institute employs about 20 postgraduate students involved in different fields of thermal technology.

Further information is available on www.itc.polsl.pl

Our strength

Our offer includes:

  • collaboration with the dynamic staff of the Institute
  • possibility to have interim programs at European universities
  • access to a state-of-the-art laboratory base
  • access to advanced computer programs
  • flexibility of work with the students (but not less than 3 hours per week)
  • possibility of additional income from the participation in research projects at the Institute
  • accommodation offer in the Academic Hotel
Financial conditions

A postgraduate student is granted a scholarship, as stated in the Regulations for Postgraduate Studies available on the home pages of the Silesian University of Technology. The scholarship depends on the academic achievement and is currently about 1200-1300 PLN per month plus extra money for the best students in each year of the studies. Additional forms of the financial support for the Ph.D. students are presented at www.polsl.pl. There are also possibilities of additional income from the participation in research projects at the Institute.

If you are interested in postgraduate studies, contact the prospective supervisor and ask for the possibilities of additional sources of income. Click the respective surname to find out more about the postgraduate offer.

Prof. Ryszard Białecki

  • Numerical methods (boundary elements, finite elements) in heat transfer, solid and fluid mechanics
  • Heat radiation
  • Inverse problems
  • Simulation of energy mass and momentum transfer phenomena occurring in industry
  • Shape optimization
  • Artificial intelligence

Dr Małgorzata Hanuszkiewicz-Drapała

  • Modelling and thermal analysis of  vertical and horizontal ground heat exchangers
  • Modelling and numerical analysis of  systems: heating space - vapour compressor heat pump - ground heat exchanger
  • Thermodynamic and economic analysis of the air recuperator
  • Thermal analysis of steam electric power stations

Prof. Joachim Kozioł

  • power and environmental engineering
  • refrigeration
  • industrial energy systems
  • mathematical modelling of thermodynamic processes
  • energy and economic analysis of industrial processes

Prof. Andrzej J. Nowak

  • Mathematical modelling of heat transfer processes
  • Numerical methods in heat transfer
  • Computational Fluids Dynamics
  • Conjugate heat transfer
  • Heat transfer during phase change
  • Sensitivity analysis of heat transfer processes
  • Inverse thermal problems
  • Thermal processes in biomedical engineering
  • Boundary Element Method
  • State equations of real gases
  • Heat pumps
  • Chemical equilibrium in mixtures of real media

Prof. Stefan Postrzednik

  • Theory, design, operation and technology of internal combustion engines
  • Internal processes of combustion engines
  • Charge exchange processes in combustion engines
  • Pollutants emission
  • Application of reconciliation algorithm in engine problems
  • Exhaust aftertreatment systems in combustion engines
  • Engine indication
  • Porosity of materials
  • Environment protection in automotive engineering
  • Legislation aspects of pollutants emission

Prof. Henryk Rusinowski

  • Empirical modeling of the complex thermal and energotechnological processes  with the application of neural and regression models
  • Advanced validation of the measurements with the application of the compensatory calculation method
  • Thermal diagnosis and control systems for power plants and CHPs
  • Empirical modeling and evaluation of the operation of energotechnological furnaces in copper metallurgy

Prof. Jan Składzień

  • Numerical modeling of temperature fields with internal heat sources
  • Mathematical modeling of some types of heat exchangers
  • Experimental analysis of air flow through an extended surface cooler
  • Mathematical modeling of heat transfer in systems with heating pumps
  • Thermal analysis of selected structures of power plant units
  • Thermal analysis of accidents LOCA types inside nuclear power plants with pressurized water reactors

Prof. Janusz Skorek

  • Energy audyting
  • Mathematical modeling and balances of thermal systems and technological processes
  • Technical and economical optimization of gas supplied CHP systems
  • Technical and economical optimization of the CHP systems integrated with biomass gasification
  • Analysis of the pressure and temperature distribution within containments of nuclear reactors
  • Determination of the thermal and ecological characteristics of closed fireplaces

Dr Jacek Smołka

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical methods in heat transfer, solid and fluid mechanics
  • Multiphase, transonic and compressible flows in heat pumps ejectors
  • Coupled CFD-electromagnetic problems in electrical transformers, switchgears and motors
  • Shape optimisation
  • Artificial intelligence in energy system optimisation
  • Inverse problems in continuous casting
  • Gas combustion simulations in coke ovens
  • Modelling of industrial heat and fluid flow problems

Prof. Wojciech Stanek

  • Mathematical modeling of energy management of industrial plants
  • Analysis of the cumulative consumption of energy and exergy
  • Energy problems of blast-furnace process and Corex process
  • Thermodynamic and economic problems of environmental protection
  • Control systems of operation of power an CHP units using advanced measurement validation techniques
  • Empirical modeling of thermal processes

Prof. Ireneusz Szczygieł

  • Numerical methods (Boundary Elements, Finite Elements, Finite Volumes) in heat transfer, solid and fluid mechanics
  • Thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Gas engines
  • Combined cycles
  • Gas turbines
  • Heat transformers

Prof. Marcin Szega

  • Mathematical modeling and balances of thermal systems and technological processes
  • Application of the data reconciliation (least squares adjustment method) in thermal engineering
  • Heat and power cogeneration management
  • Practice of waste energy recovery

Prof. Andrzej Szlęk

  • Measurements and modeling of combustion processes
  • Chemical kinetics of combustion processes
  • Combustion in highly preheated oxidizer (HTAC)
  • Solid fuels combustion in fixed beds
  • Gasification of solid fuels
  • Modeling of central heating networks

Prof. Ryszard Wilk

  • Liquid atomization
  • Fuels and their properties
  • Combustion of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels
  • Low-emission combustion
  • Combustion and gasification of the biomass
  • Coal gasification
  • Desulphurization and denitrification
  • Investigation of the combustion processes in high-temperature air (HTAC)

Prof. Andrzej Ziębik

  • Energy management in industrial plants
  • System analysis in industrial energy management
  • Mathematical modeling of industrial energy management systems
  • Theory of waste energy recovery
  • Co-generation processes; combined heat-and-power generating plants
  • Thermal energy engineering in iron and copper metallurgy; energy engineering in a blast-furnace plant
  • Energy auditing in industrial plants
  • Computer control systems of operation of power plants and CHP?s

Dr Zbigniew Żmudka

  • Theory, design, operation and technology of internal combustion engines
  • Internal processes of combustion engines
  • Charge exchange processes in combustion engines
  • Pollutants emission
  • Application of reconciliation algorithm in engine problems
  • Exhaust aftertreatment systems in combustion engines
  • Engine indication
  • Porosity of materials
  • Environment protection in automotive engineering
  • Legislation aspects of pollutants emission
Contact

If you have any questions, please, contact Professor Andrzej Szlęk or directly the prospective supervisor.