Computed tomography (CT) is a kind of technology that many of us are familiar with, but we mainly know it from medicine where it is used to scan our bodies for disease. Most CT scanners used in medical centers worldwide are large and expensive pieces of hardware. In industry, such scanners are rarely used. This may change now that a group of Polish engineers and scientists have developed a portable CT scanner that makes it possible to monitor products leaving industrial plants to make sure they are free from defects.
Polish scientists and engineers have developed a portable computed tomography (CT) scanner for use in industry that makes it possible to ensure that products leaving a factory are free from defects. The device is capable of taking several hundred measurements per second.
Polish researchers and engineers have designed and built a range of huge, lightweight silos for storing bulk agricultural materials. Some of these silos, though made from steel combined with textiles, are among the most durable in the world, the designers say.
One of the most common processes on the planet—the phenomenon of evaporation—is governed by mechanisms different than previously thought, say researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw. The discovery could have far-reaching implications for how scientists build global climate models, where a key role is played by the evaporation of the oceans.
Polish scientists have developed the concept of a simple “chemical computer” that would be structured around moving microdroplets of water instead of electrons. Such a computer could be used to process information in extreme environments where standard computers could fail.
Why do chemical molecules disintegrate rapidly when they strongly interact with light? Researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw know the answer. Their insight promises to substantially enhance the stability of chemical molecules in the lab as well as has practical significance for manufacturers of common objects, especially those made from dyed polymers.
A Polish engineer has invented a dual-purpose thermal collector that makes it possible to recover heat from wastewater and store cool air from air-conditioning systems. The device is intended for use in hotels, industrial plants and housing estates
Engineers in the southern city of Chorzów are designing an unmanned railroad locomotive intended for moving train cars around in rail yards. The project is designed to benefit not only rail carriers but a range of other sectors as well.
In response to growing pressure to find environmentally friendly methods of energy production, engineers worldwide are seeking to harness the power of sea waves. Prof. Boles³aw Ku¼niewski from the Maritime University of Szczecin in northwestern Poland has designed a power generator that sits on a platform attached to the sea bottom. The generator comes with a motor and a mechanical transmission.
In another project seeking to harness the power of sea waves, scientists from the £ód¼ University of Technology in central Poland have developed a device that can power signaling lights in sea buoys and fishing nets. The device contains a set of pendulums that are set in motion by sea waves. This makes it possible to power a generator and produce electricity.
The Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) has a new state-of-the-art research center for studying energy conversion and renewable energy sources. The center, which opened in Jab³onna near Warsaw in September, focuses on technologies for modern buildings to generate, store and transmit energy from the sun, wind, water and biomass
The Warsaw-based Institute of Physical Chemistry, one of Poland’s leading research institutions, plans to launch a new department of “physical chemistry of biological systems” that will combine cutting-edge research on biology, chemistry and physics.