study programme

Design and Process Engineering

Faculty: FMEAbbreviation: D-KPI-AAcad. year: 2021/2022

Type of study programme: Doctoral

Study programme code: P0715D270018

Degree awarded: Ph.D.

Language of instruction: English

Accreditation: 18.2.2020 - 18.2.2030

Mode of study

Full-time study

Standard study length

4 years

Programme supervisor

Doctoral Board

Fields of education

Area Topic Share [%]
Mechanical Engineering, Technology and Materials 100

Study aims

The main goal of the doctoral study programme is, in accordance with the Higher Education Act, to train highly qualified and educated professionals who are capable of independent scientific, research and creative activities in the field of design and process engineering. The graduates are equipped with knowledge and skills that enable them to work at Czech or international academic institutions or research institutes. The programme focuses on theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in the field of doctoral studies. Cooperation with international research institutes is highly supported. The study programme is designed to fulfil demands and meet societal and industry requirements for highly educated and qualified professionals in the fields of design and process engineering.
Doctoral study programme is primarily based on research and creative activities of doctoral students. These activities are intensively supported by student participation in national and international research projects. Research areas include design (analysis, conception, design of machinery, vehicles, machine production and energy) and process engineering (analysis, design and projection of processes in the engineering, transport, energy and petrochemical industries).

Graduate profile

A graduate of the doctoral study programme is a highly qualified expert with broad theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which enables him/her to carry out creative and research activities both independently and/or in a scientific team. The graduate is acquainted with current findings in the field of design and process engineering and is able to apply the knowledge in his/her research or creative activities. The graduate is also able to prepare a research project proposal and to oversee a project. At the same time, the graduate is able to make use of theoretical knowledge and transfer it in practice. Moreover, the graduate can adapt findings from related disciplines, cooperate on interdisciplinary tasks and increase their professional qualifications. The graduate participation in national and international research and cooperation with international research institutions contributes to higher level of their professional competences. This experience allows graduates not only to carry out their own scientific activities, but also to professionally present their results, and to take part in international discussions.
The graduate can demonstrate knowledge and skills in three main areas and the synergy produces great outcomes.
1. Broad theoretical knowledge and practical skills closely related to the topic of the dissertation (see below).
2. Professional knowledge and skills necessary to carry out scientific work, research, and creative activities.
3. Interpersonal and soft skills and competencies - the graduate is able to present their ideas and opinions professionally, is able to present and defend the results of their work and to discuss them and work effectively in a scientific team or to lead a team.
According to the topic of the dissertation, the graduate will acquire highly professional knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering, in particular in design and operation of machines, machinery, engineering processes and vehicles and transport vehicles. Thanks to the broad knowledge and skills, graduates can pursue a career in research institutes in the Czech Republic and abroad, as well as in commercial companies and applied research.

Profession characteristics

A graduate of the doctoral study programme is a highly qualified expert with broad theoretical knowledge and practical skills, which enables him/her to carry out creative and research activities both independently and/or in a scientific team. The graduate is acquainted with state-of-the-art findings in the field of design and process engineering and is able to apply the knowledge in his/her research or creative activities. The graduate is also able to prepare a research project proposal and to oversee a project. At the same time, the graduate can make use of theoretical knowledge and transfer it in practice. Moreover, the graduate can adapt findings from related disciplines, cooperate on interdisciplinary tasks and increase their professional qualifications. The graduate typically finds a job as a researcher, academic personnel, computer scientist or designer. The graduate is also well equipped with skills and competences to perform well in managerial positions.

Fulfilment criteria

See applicable regulations, DEAN’S GUIDELINE NO. 2/2020, Rules for the organization of studies at FME (supplement to BUT Study and Examination Rules)
1. The doctoral student’s performance of his/her study duties shall be evaluated regularly pursuant to Study and Examination Rules: Article 35. The said evaluation takes place once a year in the following deadlines:
● 31 August – the doctoral student shall check and verify the form “Evaluation of Studies” in IS Apollo;
● 15 September – the supervisor shall check, and possibly add his/her standpoint and verify the evaluation;
● 30 September – the Office for Studies shall perform formal inspection of the completeness;
● 15 October – the directors of institutes shall verify the evaluation after giving possible standpoint;
● 31 October – the Doctoral Board shall discuss the evaluation and enter it in IS Apollo.
Subsequently, the Office for Studies shall submit the evaluation for the Dean’s approval (or the Vice-Dean’s approval). The doctoral student and his/her supervisor shall be notified of the result.
● The original evaluation form is kept in the doctoral student’s file, the supervisor and the doctoral student may obtain a copy on request.

2. Conditions for continuation of studies in the upcoming year applicable to doctoral students who enrolled in studies in the academic year 2016/17 or later, are as follows:
● enrolment in 2nd year – 2 examinations passed;
● enrolment in 3rd year – all examinations passed, including the foreign language exam;
● enrolment in 4th year – “Application for the Doctoral State Examination“submitted including all required attachments (see Part L, paragraph 2). Published work indexed in WoS or Scopus;
or an article published in a peer-reviewed journal, or a paper in a conference proceedings. The topic of the published work shall correspond to the dissertation thesis topic.
Enrolment in 5th year for part-time doctoral students is allowed based on the supervisor’s standpoint.
Full-time doctoral students shall apply for a study mode transfer. This application shall be supported by the supervisor and the Doctoral Board. The doctoral student shall be the first author of a published work indexed in WoS or Scopus (acceptance letter for the article to be published is sufficient for this purpose). The topic of the published work shall correspond to the dissertation thesis topic.
Enrolment in part-time study mode shall be allowed in exceptional and justified cases (e.g. serious health-related reasons, maternal or parental leave, long-term study abroad).

3. Failure to fulfil the above conditions, deadlines or obligations arising from the individual study plan constitutes grounds for the termination of studies for failure to meet study duties (Section 56, paragraph 1, letter b) of the Act 111/1998 Coll.). An exemption may be granted by the Dean on the ground of a standpoint of the Doctoral Board and the supervisor, and is conditional on the doctoral student’s properly justified request.

4. Full-time and part-time doctoral students shall enrol in the upcoming year of study in the Office for Studies during the first week in September.

Study plan creation

The rules and conditions of study programmes are determined by:
BUT STUDY AND EXAMINATION RULES
BUT STUDY PROGRAMME STANDARDS - Guideline No 69/2017,
STUDY AND EXAMINATION RULES of Brno University of Technology (USING "ECTS"),
DEAN’S GUIDELINE NO. 2/2020, Rules for the organization of studies at FME (supplement to BUT Study and Examination Rules)
DEAN´S GUIDELINE NO. 3/2019 Rules of Procedure of Doctoral Board of FME Study Programmes
Students in doctoral programmes do not follow the credit system. The grades “Passed” and “Failed” are used to grade examinations, doctoral state examination is graded “Passed” or “Failed”.

Availability for the disabled

Brno University of Technology acknowledges the need for equal access to higher education. There is no direct or indirect discrimination during the admission procedure or the study period. Students with specific educational needs (learning disabilities, physical and sensory handicap, chronic somatic diseases, autism spectrum disorders, impaired communication abilities, mental illness) can find help and counselling at Lifelong Learning Institute of Brno University of Technology. This issue is dealt with in detail in Rector's Guideline No. 11/2017 "Applicants and Students with Specific Needs at BUT". Furthermore, in Rector's Guideline No 71/2017 "Accommodation and Social Scholarship“ students can find information on a system of social scholarships.

What degree programme types may have preceded

The doctoral study programme in Design and Process Engineering is focused on providing the highest level of tertiary education and is a continuation of the follow-up Master's study programme in Mechanical Engineering and the Bachelor's study programme in Mechanical Engineering, which are currently accredited and implemented at FME BUT. Graduates of other study programmes interested in studying in the Design and Process Engineering doctoral study programme must prove their level of knowledge corresponding to the above-mentioned study programmes.

Issued topics of Doctoral Study Program

  1. Development of a balloon burner

    The subject of the study is an atmospheric gas multi-jet burner used for balloon flying. These burners have been developing slowly for decades and the old and proven concept today does not meet the requirements for a comfortable flight. The problem areas are in particular: to reduce water condensate from the air on the fuel exchanger tubes, black flame burnout, poor air access, Radiant heat reduction, flame geometry requirements with respect to the application, Noise reduction These are a number of conflicting requirements that require a systematic approach and a sufficient understanding of the problem. The work will include a theoretical analysis and create a mathematical-physical model of processes, including experimental verification (description, system identification) and modeled first one burner segment), later or the entire burner. Experimental and mainly simulation methods will be used in the development. The doctoral student has a task - describe phenomenologically relevant phenomena, quantify relevant quantities (by measurement, calculation) - propose promising solutions with regard to efficiency and technical, economic, legislative and other constraints. The topic has full technical and material support, especially laboratory equipment, technology and material for experiments. Partial financial support of the student from the project is expected. The topic is related to one or more existing or submitted projects and is solved in cooperation with the company BALÓNY KUBÍCEK spol. s r.o. It is assumed that several months of internship abroad, participation in technical seminars and presentations at conferences.

    Tutor: Jedelský Jan, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  2. Fuel nozzles of small turbine engines

    Fuel systems of small turbine engines use various methods of fuel supply to the combustion chamber, so there are different fuel nozzle designs, such as pressure swirl nozzles (simplex / duplex), evaporator tubes, spraying rings or airblast nozzles. Fuel nozzles are a very important part of the whole system, their proper function is a must to ensure sufficient engine efficiency and the fuel nozzle requirements are very high. The fuel system must deliver the exact and actually needed fuel amount to the combustion chamber. It is important to ensure good atomization and evaporation of the fuel and its mixing with the air in the entire speed range (engine control range) and especially at start-up. The work aims to classify the fuel nozzles used in turbine engines with a maximum thrust of up to 5000 N (or take-off power up to 600 kW) and to focus on a detailed description of the evaporator system and its modifications. The main subject of the work is the development and testing of the existing evaporator nozzle. The doctoral student will prepare a test stand for nozzle operation, equip it with the necessary sensors and will examine the characteristics of these systems in a given range of operating conditions (eg temperature mapping, determining the control range), assess their suitability for specific purposes and further develop the system with a focus on its problematic aspects. The tasks include: technical research and analysis of published technical solutions, their systematic comparison, evaluation of advantages and disadvantages, range of control parameters and energy requirements, description of design solutions and individual parts, analysis and physical description of their function, design and preparation of test stand for nozzle operation , functional analysis and approximate calculation of energy (heat) balance of the evaporator nozzle The topic has full technical and material support, especially laboratory equipment, technology and material for experiments. Partial financial support of the student from the project is expected. The topic is related to an existing or submitted project. The possibility of a several-month internship abroad, participation in technical seminars and presentations at conferences is expected. The work will be solved within the project and in cooperation with the company PBS Velká Bíteš. The practical part of the work will be carried out in PBS testing laboratories and in BUT laboratories.

    Tutor: Jedelský Jan, prof. Ing., Ph.D.

  3. Optimization metaheuristics and HPC implementations

    Many optimization tasks related to real engineering problems affecting nonlinearity, multimodality, complexity and various complicated constraints. Metaheuristic optimization presents the following optimization problems using selected artificial intelligence algorithms, several of which were designed at the IAI workplace. The aim of the research is the study, modification and design of new algorithms suitable for solving the so-called NP difficult tasks of engineering practice (quadratic assignment problem, design of optimal controller, stabilization of chaotic systems, etc.) and their effective implementation of HPC.

    Tutor: Matoušek Radomil, doc. Ing., Ph.D.

Course structure diagram with ECTS credits

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