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00-908 Warsaw, gen. Sylwestra Kaliskiego Street 2, Poland
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  Historical outline

Along with the origin of Military University of Technology in 1951, Department of Theoretical Mechanics and Strength of Materials initiated its activity in the frameworks of the team of academic-wide departments. In 1959 the Department was assigned organizationally to the Faculty of Mechanics Engineering. The Department formally consisted of two departments: Department of Theoretical Mechanics and Department of Strength of Materials. The heads of Departments of Theoretical Mechanics and Strength of Materials were:
  • Professor Stefan Zięba, Ph.D., Eng., MA, 1951-1965,
  • Professor Jan Szmelter, Ph.D., Eng., 1966-1978
  • Professor Zbigniew Orłoś, D.Sc., Eng., 1978-1986,
  • Professor Marian Dacko, D.Sc., Eng., 1986-1992
  • Professor Mieczysław Wieczorek, D.Sc., Eng., 1992-1994.

Photo: The Department team in 1964. From the left to right: A. Jakowlik, J. Raniszewski, M. Barszczewski, L. Sieklucki, A. Piątkowski, S. Ziemba, P. Jarzębowski, T. Purwin, Z. Orłoś, R. Gutkowski, R. Nadolski, K. Bogdańska, Z. Dyląg, M. Rybak, M. Dacko, C. Downar

In 1994 the reorganization took place what resulted in inititing of the Institute of Material Science and Technical Mechanics (IMiMT). In years 1994-2002 the head of the Institute was Professor Mieczysław Wieczorek. Both institutes which were a part of Department of Theoretical Mechanical Engineering and Strength of Materials were incorporated into the Institute of Material Science and Technical Mechanics. In year 2004, Professor Tadeusz Niezgoda became the head of Department of General Mechanics. The heads of Department of Strength of Materials were: Doctor Grzegorz Galin, Ph.D., Eng. (1993-1998), Zdzisław Kurowski, D.Sc. (1998-2000), Professor Tadeusz Niezgoda (2000-2002). In year 2002 both departments united into Department of General Mechanics under Prof. Tadeusz Niezgoda’s management. As a result of subsequent restructuring of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of General Mechanics was transformed into Department of Mechanics and Applied Computer Science in 2006. Since 2006 Prof. Tadeusz Niezgoda has been the head of Department. In year 2008, as a result of the changes in the MUT statutes, Professor Marian Klasztorny became a vice-head of the Department. Professor Marian Klasztorny previously worked in the Institute of Mechanics and Design, Warsaw University of Technology.

Photo: The Department team in 1984. From the left to right: B. Osipowicz, I. Lewińska, A. Włodarczyk, Z. Jaworska, K. Bogdańska, D. Jaremkiewicz, Z. Orłoś, M. Suwalska-Antosik, L. Sieklucki, M. Dacko, D. Szczygielska, T. Niezgoda, M. Wieczorek, W. Borkowski, G. Galin, Z. Jędrzejak, W. Adamczyk, B. Drążkowiak, G. Mielczarek.


  Didactic work in the past...

Since the origin of Institute of Material Science and Technical Mechanics its workers have conducted courses in Theoretical Mechanics (presently Technical Mechanics) and Strength of Materials. In 1950s the Laboratory of Strength of Materials was organized and quite well equipped in strength machines. It was one of the first laboratories in Poland where the elastic-optic and tensometric research was introduced to the syllabus for students. For several years now, the laboratory has been consecutively equipped in modern apparatus for tensometric researches, mapping of 3D models and strength studies of elements of constructions. In 1970s the introduction of modern computer methods to the Ph.D. students syllabus began. In late 1980s Prof. Marian Dacko introduced the finite elements method to Strength of Materials lectures. In early 1990s the Laboratory of Computer Methods in Mechanics was originated.
Since 1999 the traditional didactic offer in the field of basic subjects has been extended with new subjects: Applied Software for Mechanical Engineers, Excel for Mechanical Engineers and Matlab for Mechanical Engineers.
Since academic year 2006/2007 Military University of Technology adapted its teaching system to European Union requirements by introducing two-degree studies. First degree studies (B.Sc.) last for 3 years and half, including 2 years of general and specific education and one year and half of specific and complementary education. Second degree studies (MSc) last for a year and half including specific education in whole.
The real changes occurred along with the introduction by the Department a new speciality called Computer Techniques Machine Design. It was addressed to the recruitment for MSc studies in 2005 and for the recruitment for BSc studies in 2006. Within the frameworks of this speciality, the workers of the Department conduct the author’s lectures, classes and laboratory duties:
  • Foundations of mechanics of solid body
  • Computer simulation of linear problems in mechanics
  • Theory of elasticity
  • Computer modelling of construction and mechanical systems
  • Numerical methods in construction analysis
  • Foundations of calculation of discs, plates and shells
  • Computer simulation of non-linear problems in mechanics
  • Advanced techniques of modelling and simulation
  • English in mechanics of constructions
  • Computer simulation of fatigue problems
  • Experimentally support for numerical modelling
  • Engineering data bases
  • Computer support for engineering calculations (CAE)
  • Elements of analytical mechanics
  • Foundations of designing in symbolic language
The speciality name was changed into Computer Techniques in Mechanical Engineering in 2007.


  Scientific work in the past...

Scientific investigations were taken up soon after the completing of works connected with the organization of educational process in years 1951-1953. In 1960s and 1970s three main directions of scientific researches were formed:
  • static and dynamic analysis of construction with the use of MES, developed first by the team of Professor Jan Szmelter, and next by the team of Professor Marian Dacko,
  • mechanics of composites, developed by the team of Professor Stanisław Ochelski
  • Experimental analysis of strain state, with consideration of the influence of temperature, with the use elastic optic method and tensometric methods and with the use of thermographic camera, developed by the team of Professor Marian Orłoś.
In 1970s the team of Department of Theoretical Mechanical Engineering and Strength of Materials developer, according to Professor Jan Szmelter’s conception, the first in Poland system of finite element method programmes called WAT-KM for the static analysis of rod and shell-rod constructions, analysis of proper and force vibration as well as for determined and non-determined problems of termoelasticity. The system was developed upto late 1980s and applied in a number of universities and design offices in the versions for Digital machines Odra1305 and R32. Since 1990s more modern software MSC Software and LSTC Has been used and the subject-matter of researches has been extended with two new disciplines.


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