R&D Projects

Grantor, program

  • Národní centra kompetence 1 (National Competence Centres)

Object of the project

  • The object of the National Centre for Power Engineering is nurturing of long-term cooperation among top R7D organizations and main application entities on the power engineering market. Sharing of unique infrastructures and know-how of expert teams of existing R&D centres via dealing with joint projects of the applied research will occur.

Project period

  • 01/2019 – 12/2020

Receiver

  • VSB – Technical University of Ostrava

Co-receivers

  • University of West Bohemia in Plzeň
  • Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Brno University of Technology
  • The Institute of Thermomechanics, Czech Academy of Sciences v. i.
  • Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i.
  • ČEZ, a. s.
  • Centrum výzkumu Řež, s.r.o.
  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
  • Výzkumný a zkušební letecký ústav, a.s.
  • Doosan Škoda Power s.r.o.
  • COMTES FHT a.s.
  • ZAT a.s.
  • ŠKODA JS a.s.
  • Veolia Energie ČR, a.s.
  • Vyncke s.r.o.
  • EGC – EnerGoConsult ČB, s.r.o.
  • ČEZ Distribuce, a.s.
  • E.ON Distribuce, a.s.
  • MEgA – Měřící Energetické Aparáty, a.s. 
  • Smolo a.s.
  • ELVAC a. s.
  • ATEKO a.s.
  • ENERGON Dobříš, s.r.o.

Grantor, program

  • Technologická Agentura ČR, Národní centra kompetence (Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, National Competence Centres)

Object of the project

  • The R&D focuses on future means of sustainable mobility by road and rail vehicles, and their inclusion into traffic systems with respect to the strategic development of technical level of fields important for the economy of the Czech Republic, as well as short-term immediately implementable objects in the industry.

Project period

  • 01/2019 – 12/2020

Receiver

  • Czech Technical University in Prague

Co-receivers

  • Brno University of Technology
  • VSB – Technical University of Ostrava
  • Technical University of Liberec
  • University of West Bohemia in Plzeň
  • Pardubice University
  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
  • ŠKODA AUTO a. s.
  • TÜV SÜD Czech s.r.o.
  • VÚKV a.s.
  • ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION a.s.
  • SIEMENS s.r.o.
  • Garrett Motion Czech Republic s.r.o. (EIH Czech s.r.o.)
  • BRANO a.s.
  • Advanced Engineering, s.r.o.
  • PLASMAMETAL, spol. s r.o.
  • Vision Consulting Automotive s.r.o.
  • Iveco Czech Republic, a. s.
  • SVOS, spol. s r.o.
  • DAKO-CZ, a.s.
  • KAR group, a.s.
  • PBS Turbo s.r.o.
  • EATON ELEKTROTECHNIKA s.r.o.
  • ZETOR TRACTORS a.s.
  • TRIBOTEC, spol. s r.o.
  • Sobriety s.r.o.
  • STROJÍRNA OSLAVANY, spol. s r.o.
  • DATRON – TECHNOLOGY CZ s.r.o.
  • VarioTec s.r.o.
  • ŠKODA ELECTRIC a.s.

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Grantor, program

  • Technologická Agentura ČR, Zéta

Object of the project

  • The project mainly focuses on development of ceramic-based coat spraying technology on the grounds of studies of connections between the spray process parameters and microstructural properties of applied coats. The technology development will focus on one of the latest SinplexPro spraying apparatus.

Project period

  • 06/2019 – 05/2021

Receiver

  • University of West Bohemia in Plzeň

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Grantor, program

  • The project is co-funded by state subsidy from Technologické agentury ČR (The Technological Agency of the Czech Republic) under TREND program

Object of the project

  • The main object of the project is replacement of existing surface anti-corrosion protections of aircraft materials with new technologies being environmentally friendly and less harmful to human through implementation of the applied research and experimental development. The project outcome will be proven technologies for surface protections of aluminium and steel materials to be used at production workplaces of the main tenderer and other project participants for further production.

Project period

  • 01/2020 – 12/2022

Receiver

  • Aircraft Industries, a.s.

Spolupříjemce

  • JIHLAVAN, a.s.
  • První brněnská strojírna Velká Bíteš, a. s.
  • SVÚM a.s.
  • Výzkumný a zkušební letecký ústav, a.s.
  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Grantor, program

  • The project is co-funded by state subsidy from Technologické agentury ČR (The Technological Agency of the Czech Republic) under TREND program

Object of the project

  • The main object of the project is optimization of production technologies for shape-complex extrusion dies for extrusion of refractory mixes on hydraulic presses. Optimization is required in order to improve mould components quality and ability to produce long lifecycle shape-complex components. The subordinate object includes technical and organizational measures for mould production to reduce total costs, increase production capacities of the moulds, and thereby improve competitiveness on world markets.

Project period

  • 01/2020 – 12/2022

Receiver

  • P-D Refractories CZ a.s.

Co-receivers

  • Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Grantor, program

  • Ministry of Industry and Trade, OPPIK – Potential (project registration number: CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/16_092/0008673)

Object of the project

  • The project will expand existing research and innovation capacities in the field of plasma spraying, assist in fulfilling of the above-mentioned strategy by providing resources and capacities for the development of new products and applications of protective coatings applied using the plasma technologies to increase corrosion resistance, improve tribological properties, increase refractory and heatproof properties. The results of the R&D activities will be commercialized in the future in particular by customers from the power engineering and aircraft industry, and manufacturers of transportation means.

Project period

  • 01/2017 – 3/2019

Receiver

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

The list of purchased subsidized assets and the list of tests available on this device for other entities under market conditions.

List of assets

  • Twin wire arc spray (SmartArcTM)
  • Thermal plasma spraying (SinplexProTM)
  • Jetting chamber for surface treatment before thermal spraying
  •  List of procured assets

Tests

  • Development of technical procedures for air plasma spraying including experimental validation.

The R&D infrastructure is accessible to other users via a commercial service. More information: Ing. Bc. Zdeněk Česánek, Ph.D., EUR ING, tel. 734 368 550.

Grantor, program

  • Ministry of Industry and Trade, OPPIK – Application

Object of the project

  • The project focuses on the structural documentation for subsequent series production of new bearings characterized in high unladen operational stability provided by so-called hydrodynamic dam.

Project period

  • 06/2018 – 12/2020

Receiver

  • GTW Bearings s.r.o.

Co-receivers

  • Wikov Gear s.r.o.
  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Grantor, program

  • Ministry of Industry and Trade, TRIO

Object of the project

  • The main object of the project is the application of modern thermal spraying technology as an alternative surface protection for rail vehicles components, taking into account the extension of lifecycle, one-off and unit costs, and the impact of the application of surface treatment on the environment. The components will be selected from various types of rail vehicles, in particular engines, electric one-floor units, and trams depending on the mode of load, impact of external influences, shape complexity, and more criteria.

Project period

  • 05/2019 – 04/2022

Receiver

  • ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION a.s.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Grantor, program

  • Ministry of Industry and Trade, TRIO

Object of the project

  • Under the proposed projects the project participants intend to transform their know-how into development of advanced systems for online measurement and analyses of operational load of structures, for which virtual numeric models will be established in parallel. More accurate information about real operation of machines and validated numerical models allow for faster, safer, and more reliable draft of new vehicle prototypes, machines, and other industrial equipment.

Doba řešení

  • 06/2019 – 12/2022

Project period

  • Vision Consulting Automotive s.r.o.

Co-receivers

  • University of West Bohemia in Plzeň
  • Advanced Engineering s.r.o.
  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Grantor, program

  • Ministry of Industry and Trade, TRIO program

Object of the project

  • The subject of the project is R&D of properties of thermally sprayed linings of sliding surfaces of bearings, development of accurate application methods in case of commercial use by GTW, including development of methods for structural drafts of the bearings with thermal sprays. The other area the project will marginally focus is the review of options for use of the laser welding technologies for functional surfaces, in particular in the sense of review of the extent of expected thermal deformations of the bearing in application of the lining coating technology.

Project period

  • 01/2018 – 12/2020

Receiver

  • GTW Bearings s.r.o.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

 Grantor, program

  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, INTER-EXCELLENCE program, INTER-EUREKA sub-program

Object of the project

  • The object of the project is to design and manufacture based on industrial R&D under international cooperation a prototype of revolutionary composite bogie with extremely low burden on the surrounding around the railroads in the first phase, followed by demonstration and verification the innovative design solution of the bogie in operation, and conduct quantity assessment of its benefits with respect to low emission levels, low forces and vibrations conveyed on the railroad followed by reduced railroad maintenance need and reduced need of the bogie repairs.

Project period

  • 01/2018 – 12/2020

Receiver

  • SVÚM a.s.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Centre for R&D and experimental development of reliable power engineering

Grantor, program

  • Technologická Agentura ČR, program Centra kompetence (Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, National Competence program)

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Object of the project

  • The project aims at contribution to improved efficiency, extension of lifecycle, operational reliability, safety, and effectiveness of the power engineering equipment for classic and nuclear power plants. The R&D of new technologies and materials will result in improved competitiveness of products and operators of power engineering plants. Furthermore, the project will contribute to education of new generation of technical intelligentsia and development of weakening know-how in the field of power engineering and energy engineering.

Project period

  • 03/2012 – 12/2019

Receiver

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
    Solver: Dr. Ing. Pavel Polach

Co-receivers

  • Doosan Škoda Power s.r.o.
  • ČEZ, a. s.
  • České vysoké učení technické v Praze
  • Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
  • TES s.r.o.
  • ENERGOSERVIS, spol. s r.o. Chomutov
  • MATERIÁLOVÝ A METALURGICKÝ VÝZKUM s.r.o.

Electron microscopy

Grantor, program

  • Technologická Agentura ČR, program Centra kompetence (Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, National Competence program)

Object of the project

  • The project strives for implementation of new techniques into SEMs responding to the needs of nanotechnologies, development of advanced materials, and application of new teachings in biology and medicine. Included are crystal imaging methods including 2D, non-conductive surfaces, imaging using wave-optic contrasts, and more. New materials, processing technologies, and new construction elements of SEMs with corresponding methodology will be developed.

Project period

  • 03/2012 – 12/2019

Receiver

  • FEI Czech Republic s.r.o.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
    Solver: Doc. RNDr. Josef Kasl, CSc.
  • DELONG INSTRUMENTS a.s.
  • CRYTUR, spol. s r.o.
  • Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i.
  • Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i.
  • Biological Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i.

  • Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v. v. i.

R&D of coats from abradable materials for improvement of thermic efficiency of turboprop aircraft engine

Grantor, program

  • Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu, program TRIO (

    Ministry of Industry and Trade, TRIO program)

Object of the project

  • The project focuses on R&D of advanced thermal spray materials and technologies for coating in cold compressor and hot turbine portion of turboprop aircraft engine and derivatives thereof in order to reduce pressure losses and increase thermic efficiency of the engine. The reduction of pressure loss will be achieved by application of abradable coat materials in the area of radial clearance between rotor and stator portions of the engine.

Project period

  • 01/2016 – 12/2018

Receiver

  • GE Aviation Czech s.r.o.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
  • Brno University of Technology

Development of a new modular line of front and taper-front transmissions

Grantor, program

  • Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu, OPPIK – Aplikace (Ministry of Industry and Trade, OPPIK – Application)

Object of the project

  • The object of the project is development of a new line of front and taper-front transmissions primarily for industrial applications to achieve top parameters, in particular with respect to external dimensions, weight and total efficiency, while characterized in high modularity in order to streamline the production.

Project period

  • 01/2017 – 12/2019

Receiver

  • Wikov Gear s.r.o.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
  • Wikov MGI
  • Orbital Czech

Bogie of electric train unit with inner frame

Grantor, program

  • Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu, OPPIK – Aplikace (Ministry of Industry and Trade, OPPIK – Application)

Object of the project

The object of the project is to develop a brand new type of bogie for rail vehicles. VZÚ Plzeň will participate as follows

  • Theoretical research of strength, lifecycle of the frame, and of other bogie properties using computer calculations and simulations

  • Research of material properties

  • Research of strength and fatigue properties of the bogie frame
  • Research of riding properties

Project period

  • 01/2017 – 12/2019

Receiver

  • ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION a.s.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

Expansion of development capacities in the field of plasma coats

Grantor, program

  • Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu, OPPIK – Potenciál (Ministry of Industry and Trade, OPPIK – Potential)

Object of the project

  • The project will expand existing research and innovation capacities in the field of plasma spraying, assist in fulfilling of the above-mentioned strategy by providing resources and capacities for the development of new products and applications of protective coatings applied using the plasma technologies to increase corrosion resistance, improve tribological properties, increase refractory and heatproof properties.

Project period

  • 01/2017 – 9/2018

Receiver

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.

R&D of corrosion-resistant NT vane for steam turbines

Grantor, program

  • Technologická Agentura ČR, program ALFA (Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, ALFA program)

Object of the project

  • To develop a rotary vane with improved pitting corrosion resistance, corrosion cracking, and corrosion fatigue for vaning of NT levels of NPP and fossil blocs in transient area of steam condensation. To devise a mode of thermal processing of vane materials to achieve optimum mechanical and strength properties and corrosion resistance of vanes, including the mode for check of correct embodiment. To devise and validate progressive methods of vane surface modification resulting in improved resistance to corrosion cracking and pitting corrosion in the environment of moist dirty steam.

Project period

  • 07/2014 – 12/2017

Receiver

  • Centrum výzkumu Řež s.r.o.

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
    Solver: Doc. RNDr. Josef Kasl, CSc.
  • Doosan Škoda Power

R&D of weight-optimized components for rail vehicles

Grantor, program

  • Technologická Agentura ČR, program ALFA (Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, ALFA program)

Object of the project

  • The object of the project is use of a hybrid cabinet of a rail vehicle for R&D of the other vehicle components to be fundamental for underground vehicles, which use the latest teaching in the field, and correspond the state-of-the-art level.

    The components include:


    • R&D of door system or outer sliding door in compliance with ČSN EN 14 752. The door system will use new teaching from driving and new materials for door wings with optimized weight.

    • R&D of the ventilation system for passenger room including general concept, ventilation unit, ventilation channels, and air output to the passenger room. Also, the redundant (replacement) operation of one aggregate with a new one in case of failure will be resolved.

    • R&D of structural components, in particular non-spring loaded bogie masses from composite materials.

    The components are those with longer time demand, and they will be available for use in development of new underground rail vehicles for customers.

Project period

  • 07/2014 – 12/2017

Receiver

  • University of West Bohemia in Plzeň

Co-receivers

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
    Solver: Dr. Ing. Milan Schuster
  • LA composite s.r.o.
  • Pars Komponenty s.r.o.

Steam turbine components with improved creep and fatigue damage resistance

Grantor, program

  • Technologická Agentura ČR, program ALFA (Technological Agency of the Czech Republic, ALFA program)

Object of the project

  • Using an optimized technology to prepare weld joints of massive components of steam turbines, such as welded rotors and welds of cast components (valve, body) with pipeline using advanced refractory steels and alloys under the conditions of industrial production, and validate their creep and fatigue damage resistance.

    To develop an accelerated method for evaluation of permissibility of cracks in the steam turbine body due to fatigue and leak. To validate the methods, and determine residual lifecycle on the real cracks.

Project period

  • 07/2014 – 12/2017

Receiver

  • Výzkumný a zkušební ústav Plzeň s.r.o.
    Solver: Doc. RNDr. Josef Kasl, CSc.

Co-receivers

  • Doosan Škoda Power