Laboratory of Materials for Energy

Pavilion C-5, premises 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 407, 408, 409, 418, 410, 414, 415, 416, 417, 412


The laboratory includes:

Laboratory of Coating Engineering includes: 

  • Laboratory of epitaxial coatings, office 311,
  • Laboratory of plasma spraying (PS), office 312,
  • Laboratory of magnetron sputtering (MS), office 313,
  • Laboratory of thermal barriers (TB)-office 321, 

Laboratory of laser technology coating (LTC)

  • Laser coating Laboratory (TLP 1) - office 314,
  • Laboratory of laser ablation (TLP 2) - office 315,

Laboratory of coatings’ properties

  • Research laboratory of mechanical and erosion coatings 2 (BWP 2)- office 316,
  • Tribological research laboratory (BWP 1) – office 317,

Structural Research Laboratory (BS)

  • X-ray diffractometer (BS 3) - office 407,
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (BS 2) – office 408,
  • Atomic force microscope (BS 4) – office 409,
  • Sample preparation laboratory (BS 1) - office 418,

Mechanical Testing Laboratory (BM)

  • Technical Room - office 410,
  • Endurance tests laboratory 1 (BM 1) - office 414,
  • Laboratory for strength, hardness and microhardness 2 (BM 2) - office 415,
  • Laboratory of Simulation of the metallurgical processes - Gleeble system (BM 4) - office 416,
  • Laboratory of creeping (BM 3) – office 417,

Laboratory of non-destructive testing (BN)

  • Laboratory of elastic modulus measurements (BN 2) - office 411,
  • Laboratory of non-destructive testing (BN 1) – office 412,
  • Laboratory of portable non-destructive testing (BN 3) – office 413.



Laboratories for energy and testing materials are intended to be used in innovative energy systems. The use of new materials in the energy sector will lead to the improvement of existing and introduction of new technologies in the energy sector. New materials with improved properties will ensure improvement in the resistance to aggressive environment and help to reduce the cost of energy production and CO2 emissions.


In laboratories for energy materials it is going to be investigated materials for both conventional fossil fuel power plants and renewable energy sources, coal gasification, nuclear power plants and smart transmission networks (smart grids).


Among the anticipated implementations of research topics one of the basic issues will focus on increase efficiency in the production of electricity. One of the practical ways to solve the problems related to the lack of electricity is to improve performance, which can be achieved by an increase in energy production systems and operating pressure and temperature conditions to supercritical levels. This allows not only improving the efficiency of energy but also measurably contributes to the reduction of pollutant emissions into the atmosphere. However, this requires the development of new materials that will be able to work in such harsh conditions. Examples of such materials are new martensitic and bainitic, as X12CrCoWMoVNb12-2-2 (VM12) and 7CrMoVTiB10-10 (T/P24) used for example on the wall sealed boilers. It is also planned that this research is to be carried out in cooperation, for example with the company Rafako, which is working on the implementation of austenitic steels and nickel alloys for use in boilers with the most critical parameters in order to improve their thermal efficiency. Explored materials at initial condition and after the operation require the use of advanced research, for which special equipment is needed. This equipment should allow to perform testing of material properties and simulation, so that you will be able to predict the behavior of materials under actual working conditions in long operating times.


Research on the generation will be also carried out in laboratories for energy materials, modification and development of new surface layers of materials used in the energy sector. Research using purchased equipment will be carried out in the framework of cooperation with companies from the energy sector (eg. SEFAKO - Sędziszowska Boiler Factory), which are carried out joint projects for the manufacture of coatings and materials of laser deposited shot peening for energy. Within the framework of these joint projects, coatings and layers are manufactured and tested at the Faculty of IMiIP AGH (and in the future laboratories of KIC). In addition, it is also planned to research innovative laser welds in boiler tubes and laser-deposited coating. It is also planned to manufacture of coatings used on machine parts of wind turbines, which is improved by laser processing technology and which is to contribute to increase efficiency of wind turbines. In addition, the research work will focus on characterization methods of coating properties of magnetron sputtering, epitaxy, plasma spraying with particular emphasis on thermal barrier (TB).


Comprehensive study materials, along with the possibility to manufacture a variety of coatings used in conventional energy and nuclear energy will be able to be carried out in the laboratory of materials for energy. Simulations of real processes occurring in the operating conditions will be also carried out in these laboratories.


Laboratory users:

dr inż. Grzegorz Michta
tel. 12 617 25-66
tel. 12 617 26-20

WIMiIP, Department of Metallurgy and Powder metallurgy, bld. A-2, lower ground floor,18