Strojnícka fakulta

Žilinská univerzita v Žiline

Head of the department: prof. Dr. Ing. Milan Sága


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Pedagogical Profile

The department provides education at the 3 levels of university study and guarantees the following programs:

The 2nd level (M.Sc.) program: Applied mechanics
The 3rd level (Ph.D.) program: Applied mechanics

Profile of the Graduate

Applied mechanics is a basic engineering discipline. It provides engineers with theoretical, experimental and application knowledge. The graduate gains knowledge of research, modelling and optimal design of mechanical elements and systems using analytic, numeric and experimental methods utilizing modern measuring and computational technology.
Study of efficient methods concerning computational mechanics, among which especially the finite element method plays – which influences simulation calculations concerning mechanics of bodies as well as thermomechanics, fluid mechanics, acoustics, electro-thermo-mechanics and other disciples – a dominant role, is one of the spheres on which the studies focus.
Graduates are prepared for work at design, engineering and computation workplaces, in software enterprises and organisation from the sphere of automotive and aircraft industry, transport and electrical engineering. The theoretical knowledge gained in the M.Sc. program prepares graduates for study of the postgraduate doctoral program Applied Mechanics or of a similar program.

Study Abroad

Students have the opportunity to take part of their studies at a foreign university. Our students have had educational stays at the following universities over recent years: University of Bayreuth, Germany, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität, Magdeburd, Germany, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, VUT Brno, ČVUT, Praha, ČR, ATH Bielsko-Biala and other.

Scientific Profile

Research Activities of the Department in the Sphere of:

• new approaches of inverse structure modelling for innovation and optimization purposes, research concerning multiaxial endurance of machine components using FE analyses and experiments, correction of dynamic numeric models using experimental modal analysis,
• numeric simulation of carrying capacity of structures in case of major deformation and of plasticity of material with multibody contact, simulation of fracture in dynamically loaded shell structures made from composite materials, implementation of new technologies concerning dynamic problems of consumer products with rotating elements,
• modern methods for evaluation of mechanical reliability of technical system components, virtual laboratory for teaching experimental and numeric methods from the sphere of mechanics, application of novel approaches to vibration of mechanical systems, algorithmization of computational procedures for reliability analysis of mechanical systems.

Specialized Workplaces:

• laboratory of FEM analyses,
• laboratory of vibration diagnostics and mechanical testing,
• technological plastometry centre.

Cooperation with Industry

Activities of the department concerning cooperation with industry especially focus on computer-based and experimental investigation of engineering problems, such as analysing reasons of pump vane malfunction, residual lifetime of pumping station, analysis and design of piping, static analysis of fuel tanks, design of roller bearings for wind power plants, computational prediction of fatigue life of operating gear elements, strength calculations for press machines, etc. The department has cooperated particularly with the following firms: Matador Púchov, PSL Považská Bystrica, IPM Engineering Zvolen, VUEZ Levice, VÚRAL Žilina.