AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Foundry Engineering.
The Faculty of Foundry Engineering was established in the academic year 1951/1952 by the act of splitting up the Faculty of Metallurgy. In line with the Faculty’s profile, there were two specializations: foundry technology, and foundry machines and mechanisation. At present, the Faculty is entitled to confer the academic degrees of Doctor, Senior Doctor (habilitation), and Professor. The Faculty educates specialists in the field of foundry technology, and is the only faculty of this kind and scope of education operating within the structure of the higher education system in Poland and Europe. Modern foundry technology mainly strives for the improvement of casting production quality, reduced consumption of energy and raw materials (lean processes and lean production), improved processes and product economy, and, last but not least, reducing the harmful effect of the foundry industry on the environment. The idea of constructing and operating a waste-free foundry plant is nowadays the main subject of largescale international research projects. Graduates of the Faculty are well prepared to face the challenges of modern industry. They possess skills and capabilities necessary to develop and implement new, advanced technologies, and to undertake management challenges of modern industrial enterprises. Therefore, they are also highly valued in other countries (for example, in Germany, where the demand for foundry specialists is very strong). Students of the Faculty also have a possibility to obtain a double diploma – one of AGH UST, and one of a foreign university. In 2011 – with the help of the Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science – a new, interdisciplinary field of studies called VIRTOTECHNOLOGY was introduced. Graduates in this discipline will gain knowledge and practical skills with regard to the processing of metals, materials technology, computer science, economics, and ecology. They will demonstrate creative attitude towards issues related to virtualization processes and the professional use of computer tools for the purpose of processing technological problems. In 2016 name of the field of study Virtotechnology has been changed to Computer Aided Process Engineering and name of the field of study Metallurgy has been changed to Enginnering of Foundry Processes. The Faculty maintains permanent contact with foundry enterprises, organises training courses for students, as well offers post-graduate scholarships for those who have successfully completed their studies. Members of the Faculty staff maintain relations with numerous scientific and research centres, universities, research institutes, and industry. A map of the location of foundries and enterprises with which the Faculty of Foundry Engineering has been cooperating covers practically the whole area of Poland.
Among our partners are: Volkswagen Poznań Sp. z o.o., Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland Sp. z o.o., Georg Fischer AG, Brembo S. p. A., GE Power, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Montanuniversität Leoben, Jönköping University, Bergakademie Freiberg and many others.
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Foundry Research Insitute, Krakow
The Foundry Research Institute is a leading centre conducting scientific research activities for the foundry industry in Poland under the supervision of the Ministry of Economic Development.
The scope of research and development works covers metallurgy and casting technology of cast iron alloys, cast steel, alloys of Al, Mg, Cu, Zn, Ti, Ni; moulding technology; gravity and pressure die casting, and investment casting; the use of lost foam patterns; sand reclamation; high-temperature corrosion tests and studies; high-temperature studies of the liquid state, studies of nanostructured materials, physicochemical and mechanical properties, and casting defects; work in the field of rapid prototyping, 3D scanning, simulation of the casting pouring process, casting solidification and stress distribution. The research activity is facilitated by scientific information; monitoring of the foundry industry; certification of products; publishing, standardisation, and training activities.
The strategic directions in the research and development work carried out by the Institute are closely linked with the latest developments in the field of research methodologies using highly specialized and innovative research equipment. The research works are conducted on the basis of advanced feasibility study, on the analysis and assessment of the current state and forecast organizational, technical and technological progress in the area of the Institute activities.
The Foundry Research Institute operates in the area of innovative basic, applied and industrial research. It is also actively involved in advanced development work for companies operating in the foundry industry with the potential of more than 400 foundry plants, mostly based on domestic capital investment.
The Foundry Research Institute is actively involved in industry association initiatives, such as e.g. operating since 2000 Polish Foundry Centre (co-sponsored by the Polish Foundrymen’s Technical Association, the Foundry Chamber of Commerce and the Faculty of Foundry Engineering of the AGH ‒ University of Science and Technology).
Noteworthy is the undisputed and stable international position of the Foundry Research Institute (rich collaboration with such research centres and companies like NASA, ESA, Aérospatiale, Rolls-Royce, Toyota, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, etc., and also with many organizations and scientific societies operating in the country and abroad). Owing to this global involvement and awareness of the Foundry Research Institute in Kraków, Poland was entrusted with the organization of the World Foundry Congress in 2018 ‒ the most prestigious international event of the foundry industry.
The Foundry Research Institute is also a reliable partner in numerous scientific and industrial consortia implementing research, development and innovation projects in the EU financial perspective 2014‒2020.