The teaching and research activities of the ERCT are divided by research topics into seven sections and directly linked to the departments of the Faculty of Transport Engineering. The sections collaborate on complex solutions to research tasks, activities of the sections are interconnected.

Dynamic test lab (DZS)

  • Experimental research on static and dynamic properties of parts and structures
  • Determination of fatigue characteristics of structures and materials
  • Impact tests of material properties at speeds up to 15 m/s
  • Experimental measurement of stress in structures (strain gauges, optical system)
  • Testing of vehicle parts and sub-assemblies

Transport Structures (DS)

  • Determination of strength of concrete in various climatic conditions, ultrasound diagnostics
  • Construction material degradation (ageing, extreme temperatures)
  • Measurement of longitudinal and lateral road irregularities
  • Evaluation of geotechnical properties in full extent
  • Non-destructive diagnostics of transport structures (GPR)

Transport Means – Rail Vehicles (DP-KV)

  • Research in the area of wheel–rail interaction and adhesion of rail vehicles
  • Research on measurement systems for wheel–rail contact forces
  • Assessment of lubricants and friction modifiers for the wheel–rail interface
  • Testing of adhesive and abrasive wear

Transport Means – Road Vehicles (DP-SV)

  • Research on driving dynamics and stability of road vehicles
  • Assessment of oils and lubricants
  • Research on adhesive and deformation characteristics of tyres
  • Analysis of road accidents

Transport Means – Measurements and Diagnostics (DP-D)

  • Measurements of mechanical quantities – force, acceleration, length, angle, mechanical stress
  • Research on damping and suspension elements of vehicles
  • Research on noise and vibration characteristics of vehicles

Transport means – electrical engineering, electronics and control systems (DP-E)

  • Research on vehicle driving systems (engines)
  • Research on control of the combustion process and energy transmission in vehicles
  • Research on vehicle control structures
  • Research on power engineeering and energy transfer onto a running vehicle

Materials and Mechanics (MM)

  • Structure and phase analyses of metallic materials, chemical microanalyses
  • Fractographic analyses on macro- and micro-scale
  • Research on rolling contact fatigue (RCF) and adhesive wear of materials
  • Testing of mechanical properties of materials – static, impact (incl. low temperatures), dynamic tensile tests, indentation tests
  • Analyses of degradation mechanisms and service failures
  • Assessment of metalugical quality and heat treatment
  • Testing of weld joints, development and optimization of welding technologies with focus on heterogeneous welds
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