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Institution: FRI - Foundry Research Institute, Kraków Main building of Foundry Research Institute, Krakow
Type: research - scientific organization (main Polish institution in foundry industry)
Contact persons: Prof. Jerzy Sobczak, Ph.D., D.Sc., Director of PFRI
Prof. Andrzej Baliński, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Prof. Andrzej Białobrzeski, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Marcin Latałło-Anulewicz, M.Sc.
Address: 73 Zakopianska, 30-418 Kraków, POLAND
Main building of Foundry Research Institute, Kraków

Tel./ Fax no: (48 12) 26 18 345 / (48 12) 26 60 870
E-mail: mlatallo@iod.krakow.pl,
Discipline: foundry industry materials science environmental forecast

foundry technologies, mathematical modelling, computer programming & simulation, research network, competence, equipment


Research focus of the Center:

The research agenda of the Center focuses on the various aspects of the integration in the European Research Area (ERA) of the Polish R&D potential of the foundry science and technology for Newly Associated Countries (NAS) countries such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Lithuania and Bulgaria. Integration of the Center with ERA in foundry industry will be attempt via a network of information exchange and mutual agreements with R&D centers and organization units of the European Union (EU) through supporting the development of advanced technologies, strengthening links between well-experienced EU research centers and similar centers in NAS countries, reorientation of activity towards new priorities to ensure better competition of the European foundry industry as compared with US and Japan foundry organizations, raising the R&D potential of the Center using skill and competence of the research and development staff and experts. Mission of Center as first one in Central Europe will be transfer of the advanced technologies to ensure of NAS foundries in international markets, development and implementation of methods to eliminate environmental pollution caused by foundry plants and methods for recycling and reuse of wastes generated during foundry production and creation of database in the scope of scientific, technical and economic (including statistics) information and transfer these data to the centers concerned.

Research projects currently run in the Center:

Ministry of Economy (Republic of Poland) projects:

  • Specialized statistic analysis in foundry industry
  • Study of restructuring of foundry industry with taking into consideration of using Polish Foundries as a supplier of cast components to automotive industry

Polish State Committee for Scientific Research (KBN) projects:

  • Analysis of current information on tendencies in foundry industry developing basing on the publications in the foreign technical periodicals
  • Methods of control of foundry processes in aspect of ISO 9001:2000 standard requirements for continuous improvement and benchmarking
  • European and international standards for castings production
  • Optimization of procedures in foundry industry
Scientific quality:

The scientists of the Center publish annually about sixty papers in domestic and international refereed journals and deliver more than seventy communications during domestic and international scientific meetings. They are active members of TMS Minerals, Metals, Materials; American Society of Metal (ASM); International Community for Composites Engineering (ICCE); Polish Community of Composite Materials; Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Foundrymen‘s Society; Polish Society of Materials Science; American Foundrymen‘s Society. They are also EU experts and members of Editorial Boards of Polish and international scientific journals, European Coordinator of the Symposium "State of Art in Cast Metal Matrix Composites in the Next Millenium" sponsored by ASM International Materials Science Critical Technology Sector, Structural Materials Division, Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division, Jt. Composite Materials Committee, Solidification Committee at 2000 TMS Fall Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, USA(2000). The Centre is the organizer of the domestic and international conferences, symposiums, meetings and congresses, being members of Scientific Committees in many of them ("Solidification and Aluminum Cast Alloys" at NATO Advanced Study Institute "Advanced Light Alloys and Composites", Poland 1997); Chairman of Session "Metal Matrix Composites" at Int. Conference "Light Alloys and Composites", Poland(1999); Member of Scientific Committees of the Conferences in Poland (Composites‘98, Composites‘99, Composites‘2000); Member of Advisory and Scientific Committees of Third Int. Conf. "High Temperature Capillarity" Japan (2000)).

Human resources:

The permanent staff of the Center consists of 26 scientists (incl. 5 full professors, 4 associate professors, 17 doctors, 16 scientists), 17 science-engineering, 21 technical-engineering and 25 persons of administration. At present there are also 6 PhD students and, on average, 6 postgraduate students gaining their Master degree in the Center.

Training possibility:

There is a possibility for foreign students to take part or the whole of their studies in the Center - both on MSc and PhD levels. There is also possibilities for full training of scientists and technicians in plenty of foundry sciences and practice.


Optical and emission spectrometers (ARL and Hilger), gas, carbon and sulphur level analysers (Leco), atomic absorption spectrometers (Pye-Unicam), optical microscopes (Neophot), scanning microscope (LEO) plus EDS, high temperature microscope, image analyzer (Leica), dilatometer and microcalorimeter, PSB (Schenck) hydropulse testing machine with numerical control, hardness tester, impact pendulum machine with unique system of continuous recording of applied load in function of displacement, ultrasonic apparatus, acoustic emission system, equipment for measurement of colloidal particles size (nanoscale), full set of apparatus for molding materials testing and environmental conditions (testing of noise, vibration, dust level, microclimate, lightning, gas emission etc), RPS-LOM - Rapid Prototyping System - Laminated Object Manufacturing operating with CAD/CAM techniques, FMX-30 Vertical Machining Center, apparatus for the examination of surface phenomena (wettability testing) in vacuum and/or in protective atmosphere (up to 1800oC), plenty of resistance and induction furnaces, vacuum furnace with protective atmosphere (for Fe including ADI, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn Mg and Al - alloys), equipment for sand and die casting, pressure die casting (pressure casting stand equipped with horizontal cold-chamber machine of 1.6 MN clamping force and melting feeding Rausch furnace for Mg alloys), squeeze casting (hydraulic pressure capacity 1.6 MN and dies), evaporative pattern technology (lost foam), centrifugal casting, precision casting, microcasting in Au, Ag, Zn and Ti - alloys, composite casting and stand for thermal shock resistivity among many others.

Scientific co-operation:
  • Institute of Metal Science, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria;
  • Shenyang Research Institute of Foundry, China;
  • Technical University, Ostrava, Czech Republic;
  • CTIF - Centre Technique des Industries de la Fonderie Sevres, France;
  • IFG - Institut fur Giessereitechnik, Dusseldorf, Giesserei Intitut RWTH, Aachen, Germany;
  • CTI - Casting Technology International , Sheffield, Great Britain;
  • University of Miscolc, Hungary;
  • Joining and Welding Research Institute - Osaka University, Japan;
  • Technical University, St. Petersburg, Institute of Light Metals, Moscow, Russia;
  • Technical University, Lublana, Slovenia;
  • INASMET, San Sebastian, Spain;
  • Gjuterieforoningen, Jonkoping, Sweden;
  • National Metallurgical Academy of Sciences, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine;
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of California, Berkeley Laboratory, Energy Industries of Ohio, Cleveland, United States.
Co-operation with industrial partners:

The Center is permanently collaborating with many of domestic industrial partners, being main foundry organization in Poland. Although there are no well-established permanent links with the industrial partners, the Center is open for co-operation with European foundries.