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The Structural Integrity and Materials Design (SIMD) Laboratory studies the mechanical behaviour of structures and structural components in operating conditions. Researchers analyze the causes of degradation processes in structural materials.

The Laboratory has a range of tensile testing equipment used to determine strength and local mechanical characteristics using miniature specimens. There is also equipment for testing the strength of real-size structural components. Besides performing standard hardness tests, the Laboratory is also able to determine micro- and nanohardness in localized volumes of material. Resistance to crack propagation in structures at real stress states is determined by toughness testing under quasistatic and dynamic loading. Stress deformation characteristics and toughness characteristics are used to calculate the lifespan of structures operating at extremely high or low temperatures, under conditions of high-speed dynamic impact or under time-variable loading. Microstructural causes of material damage are studied using optical, confocal or scanning electron microscopy techniques. The Laboratory compiles expert reports on the causes of damage to structures and structural components; researchers also recommend measures for extending service life and optimizing safety.

Services and expert reports

Metallographic testing (Metallography Laboratory)

Hardness testing (HV HRC, HB, Knoop)
Nanoindentation (hardness tests, scratch tests, modulus mapping, AFM regime)
Macroscopic/microscopic structural tests (macro/micro etching)
Phase composition determination / structural analysis
Micropurity determination

Mechanical properties testing (Mechanical Testing Centre)

Tensile tests at various temperatures (from -70 to + 900 °C)
Charpy notch toughness tests at temperatures from -70 to 200 °C
Fracture toughness tests
Paris fatigue crack propagation tests
High-cycle/low-cycle fatigue tests
CTOD tests
Flexural tests
Static stiffness testing on rubber
Dynamic properties testing
High-speed tensile tests from 1 to 20 m/s


Production of testing specimens and jigs

Expert reports

Fractographic analysis of fracture surfaces
Determination of roughness / surface topography (confocal microscopy)
Assessment of causes of failure
Tensiometric measurements
Deformation measurement (optical/laser method)
Residual stress measurement (hole-drilling method)
NDT – acoustic emissions measurement
NDT – capillary tests
NDT – ultrasound measurement
Technical calculations
Design and implementation of thermal processing
Induction heating

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Ing. Mareš Vratislav

Head of laboratory / Researcher
+420 732 916 931
+420 597 329 407

Lukáš Horsák

Technical manager / Technician
+420 597 329 360
+420 776 843 564

Postal address

Vysoká škola báňská – Technická univerzita Ostrava, útvar 9330
Studentská 19/6203
708 33 Ostrava-Poruba
+420 597 329 313

Invoicing address

Vysoká škola báňská – Technická univerzita Ostrava
17. listopadu 15/2172
708 33 Ostrava-Poruba
+420 597 329 313