Professor Kaczmarczyk’s research work has been focused on the dynamics of slender structures, multibody dynamics, vibration analysis, machine health monitoring, material behaviour, and damage assessment of structures. The work conducted involves multi-disciplinary projects with particular applications in vertical transportation and material handling systems, automotive, steel milling and mining systems.
The overall research output includes over 20 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, over 50 papers presented and published in peer-reviewed proceedings associated with major international conferences, 2 published patent applications and 1 book monograph on elevator system design. Eighteen invited lectures on the subject of research interests were also presented and a number of consulting reports produced. Other published works include a number of articles that appeared in professional media / trade magazines.
He is a Member of the School’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee, Research Ethics Committee and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) Steering Group. Prof. Kaczmarczyk is Research Leader for Engineering (since 2003). He secured funding and developed a research laboratory equipped with experimental and computational facilities necessary for conducting leading work in the field of Engineering Mechanics, Dynamics / Vibration and Elevator System diagnosis. The hardware and software tools include:
- B&K PulseTM task oriented system for dynamic signal measurement, data acquisition and analysis
- The latest technology transducers for force, acceleration, velocity, displacement and acoustic response measurements
- Polytec PDV-100 Portable Laser Vibrometer
- LDS V406 and V721 permanent magnet electrodynamic shaker systems with PA amplifiers
- TIRA TV51165-IN/BAA 1000 inertial shaker system
- PMT EVA-625 portable vibration analyser
- Henning LiftPC mobile diagnosis system
- LDS-Dactron LASER vibration controller system
- MATLAB/Simulink high performance numeric computation software
- SolidWorks with COSMOS FEM modelling and simulation software
- COMSOL Multiphysics modeling and simulation software
In addition, a dedicated laboratory facility to test traction elevator suspension systems was built and has been used to conduct research supported by a multinational elevator company.
Has developed and leads postgraduate research programmes in the area of Lift Technology and High Performance Engineering which have gained national and international recognition and have made a major contribution to the professional development of lift engineering practitioners worldwide.
Established a strategic partnership for cooperation in research and innovation with ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG (TKE). The collaboration involves developing new products and elevator-related research work, with the additional benefit of creating studentships, research project contracts, and honorary posts.
Current research projects involve investigations into the problem of modelling, prediction, monitoring and control of vibrations in systems with long moving continua. The prediction of the dynamic random response and the structural integrity of elevator components in high-rise applications form the primary concern in this research.
Has supervised 9 PhD students (5 to completion) and 5 MPhil students (to completion).
Generated major income stream from research, consultancy and knowledge transfer (KT) activities (amounting to over £450k over the last 5 years). Selected projects given below: