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Research Profile

  • Professor Stefan Kaczmarczyk received his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Silesian University of Science and Technology and his PhD from Natal University for his thesis on the nonlinear dynamics of deep mine hoisting systems. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), elected Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) and a Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP).

    Prof Kaczmarczyk joined the University of Northampton (then the University College Northampton) as a senior lecturer in 2002. In 2003, he became the course leader for MSc Lift Engineering, then postgraduate field leader for Lift Engineering. He was awarded the title of Reader in Engineering Science in 2010. He is currently Professor of Applied Mechanics at The University of Northampton. Throughout his career Prof Kaczmarczyk has lectured a broad range of subjects in the area of applied mechanics, dynamics, vibration, computer simulation and general engineering.

    His expertise is in the area of dynamics and vibration with particular applications in the sustainable design of vertical transportation and material handling systems. He has been involved in collaborative research with a number of national and international partners and has an extensive national and international track record in consulting and research in Applied Dynamics and Vertical Transportation system engineering.

    He has been serving on the Institute of Physics Applied Mechanics Group Committee and initiated and developed a series of international conferences linking the U.K. and overseas-based academic and industrial research groups working in the area of mechanics of slender structures, with particular emphasis on applications in elevator engineering. More recently, jointly with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group, initiated a new conference series: the Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies. Professor Kaczmarczyk has published over 90 journal and international conference papers in the area of engineering vibration and applied dynamics, vertical transportation and elevator engineering.

  • Master of Science (MSc) Lift Engineering: Course Leader (since 2003) and Module Leader / Tutor for the following modules:

    • LIFM01DL Lift Applications Engineering (Module Leader)
    • LIFM02DL Codes and Standards (Module Leader)
    • LIFM04DL Case Study (Module Leader and Tutor)
    • LIFM005DL Lift Component Applications (Module Leader and Tutor)
    • LIFM006DL Hydraulic Systems (Module Leader and Tutor)
    • LIFM009DL Utilisation of Materials (Module Leader and Tutor)
    • LIFM010DL Dynamics and Vibrations (Module Leader and Tutor)
    • LIFM012DL Dissertation (Module Leader and Tutor)

    BSc (Hons) Engineering:

    • ENG 3001 Applications of Technology: Introduction to Engineering Vibration and Vehicle Dynamics (Module Tutor)
    • ENG3002 Modelling and Simulation: Problem Solving with Matlab (Module Tutor)
    • ENG 4004 Project and Professional Studies (Module Tutor / final year project supervision)
  • 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:

    Dates/ Duration

    Project Title

    Funding Source

    Aug 2013 – Jan 2015 The Development of a Novel MRL Lift System TSB/ ACE Lifts Ltd
    Nov 2010 – May 2012 The Prediction and Analysis of the Dynamic Behaviour of Compensating and Suspension Ropes in High-Rise Elevator Installations ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
    Nov 2009 – Oct 2010 Active Control System to Minimize Compensating Rope Sway in a High-Rise Elevator Installation ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
    Jan 2008 – Jul 2009 The Prediction and Analysis of the Dynamic Responses of Compensating and Governor Ropes in the Freedom Tower Elevator System (Dr S Kaczmarczyk) ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
    Jun 2008 – May 2009 Boulby Mine Manshaft Rope Hoist Dynamic Analysis (Dr S Kaczmarczyk) Cleveland Potash Ltd.
    Mar – Apr 2008 Research and Education on Damage Detection of Kevlar Elevator Cables (Dr S Kaczmarczyk, Prof. W Zhu (UMBC)) National Science Foundation , U.S.A.
    Apr 2008 – Jun 2009 Vibration Testing and Analysis of the Turbo Track High Speed Moving Walkway (Dr S Kaczmarczyk) ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
    Jun 2007 – Aug 2007 The Prediction of the Dynamic Responses of the Compensation Ropes in Chicago Spire Residential Elevator System (Dr S Kaczmarczyk) ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
    Jan 2004 -Jun 2007 Vibration Testing of an Elevator Aramid Suspension System (Dr S Kaczmarczyk) ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
    Oct 2006 – Sep 2008 Development of low-noise vibratory conveyor (Dr S Kaczmarczyk and M Stonnell) Arnott Engineering Ltd. / DTI (Knowledge Partnership Partnership)
    Feb 2006 – Apr 2006 Tests and Analysis of the Active Roller Guide (ARG) System (Dr S Kaczmarczyk) ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation

    Provided international and national research leadership in his area of expertise and created a series of international meetings linking the UK and overseas-based academic and industrial research groups working in the area of mechanics of slender structures (MoSS).

    The MoSS conference series meetings bring together experts from various fields: structural mechanics, thermo-mechanics, dynamics, electrodynamics, vibration and control, structural health monitoring, artificial intelligence, and materials science to discuss the current state of research as well as rising trends and direction for future research in the area of mechanics of slender structures with particular emphasis on intelligent vibration control and the creation of systems with damage awareness in the modern high-rise vertical transportation environment.

    It is organized jointly with the Institute of Physics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The first two meetings took place in 2004 and 2006 in Northampton. The third event, the MoSS 2008 conference, was organized in collaboration with the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound in Baltimore , U.S.A. This was followed by the MoSS2010 event which was organized and took place in San Sebastian, Spain. Most recently, the MoSS2013 event was organized in Harbin, China, hosted by Harbin Institute of Technology. The proceedings are available online.

    Jointly with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group, he initiated a new conference series: the Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies. This symposium has become an annual event, which brings together experts from within the field of vertical transportation (VT) with peer-reviewed papers on the subject of their research being presented and published.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Stefan Kaczmarczyk’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.