Research

The Centre’s research tasks are designed to facilitate the following as effectively as possible:

  • Accelerate the transfer of scientific and research knowledge to companies’ operations
  • Accelerate the translation of new applied research findings into teaching at institutions of higher education
  • Secure and maintain long-term competitiveness and growth of the Czech economy.

The Centre's research programmes described below were carried out from the second half of 2012 to the end of 2014.

Thermomechanical Treatment of Advanced Steels

New technologically viable thermomechanical treatment processes were developed for new and selected existing steels. The research focused on achieving excellent properties in steels which can be used by particular manufacturing companies.

The programme comprised the following projects:

  • Processes for Controlled Microstructure of Steel
  • Forming Technologies for Ultrafine Microstructure
  • Technologies Producing High-Quality Surfaces in Formed Products

The outcomes are as follows:

  • Expansion of the applicability of wrought structural steels. New use will be found for steel, for instance in transport equipment, power generation, production of tools and instruments and in sports industry. Steel will also become relevant in areas where, until now, more expensive materials, alloys or difficult-to-recycle composites have been used.
  • Cost reduction. Application of modern forming methods and heat treatment or thermomechanical treatment procedures at reduced temperatures to steels leads to energy savings, substantial surface quality improvement and considerable shortening of heat treatment times, e.g. in soft annealing, grain-refinement annealing, recrystallization annealing or normalizing.
  • An increase in the utility value of selected existing applications of wrought structural steels. The outcomes include, for instance, longer life, higher reliability, in some cases lower weight and improved weldability.
  • The findings are published in professional journals, presented in lectures and at conferences.

Metallic Materials for Special Applications

The aim of the research programme was to develop new grades of materials and their manufacturing and processing technologies. The programme comprised three projects:

  • Lightweight Super-High-Strength Alloys for Medical and Transport Applications
  • Nickel Alloys for Power Engineering
  • Tool Steels for Forming Tools

The outcomes are as follows:

  • High-strength sheet and sections of aluminium alloys for use in automotive and aviation technology and rail vehicles.
  • New technologies for forming aluminium alloys using severe deformation to achieve grain refinement.
  • Sections of nanostructured titanium with very good biocompatibility and high strength. They are expected to find use in dentistry and surgery as the feedstock for implants.
  • Technology of forming modified Mo-Ni-Cr superalloys. These are expected to be used in nuclear power engineering.
  • Processing routes for selected nickel and iron alloys. The results will find use primarily in the electrical engineering industry.
  • New grades of tool steels for forming at elevated temperatures.
  • The new findings are published in journals and through lectures at scientific conferences.