Turbine Dynamics and Diagnostics Department

The Department of Turbine Dynamics and Diagnostics has operated under its present name since 2014, and was formed on the basis of the Department of Rotor Dynamics and Slide Bearings, which functioned from 1998 to 2014. In the years 1991-2014, the department was led by Professor Jan Kiciński.  The historic name of the department  ‘Machine Components Department' dates back to the founding of the institute in 1956. Professor Tadeusz Gerlach was then appointed as the Head of the Department. In 1971 the Department changed its name to ‘Mechanics of Friction and Lubrication Department‘. This name was valid until 1998.

The research works currently being carried out by the Department of Turbine Dynamics and Diagnostics are focused mainly on a broadly understood dynamics of fluid-flow machinery, including unconventional bearing systems. In the course of scientific investigations we take advantage of modern measurement equipment and advanced numerical models.

Our research topics include:

  • Analysis and modelling of dynamic impacts
  • Experimental studies of machinery
  • Renewable energy

The software called MESWIR system, initiated by Professor J. Kiciński, has been developed for many years. This system, in its current form, consists of several software tools for the analysis of kinetostatic and dynamic properties of rotating systems, enabling modeling of bearing systems that are inherently nonlinear in their nature. Currently, apart from classical rolling and slide bearings, MESWIR system also allows to analyze and model gas and foil bearings.

The Department of Turbine Dynamics and Diagnostics has at its disposal a very modern laboratory base. It includes Machine Vibrodiagnostics Laboratory, Micro CHP Power Plant Laboratory and Rapid Prototyping Laboratory. Our employees have also participated in the design of one of the laboratories in the Research Center PAN in Jabłonna near Warsaw. A new laboratory has been launched, the ‘Cogenerative Micro Power Plant Laboratory’, where several test rigs for testing micro bearing systems have been placed. All laboratories located in Jabłonna use leading-edge solutions in measurement technology from the hardware and software point of view.

The department also carries out works which have an utilitarian significance, providing research and innovation services for entrepreneurs representing various industries, such as: dynamic state assessment for different types of machinery, post-failure technical assistance and consulting, enhancing knowledge bases for expert systems, calculation of bearing characteristics, expertise and analyses of industrial objects, etc. Our team members are also involved in other, knowledge-intensive actions.