Department of Energy, Power and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Energy, Power and Environmental Engineering was founded with the aim to provide engineering education in the field of design, planning and maintenance of power plants (steam boilers, steam, gas and water turbines, pumps, fans, compressors…) as well as to provide expert support for the development of the Croatian power generation equipment manufacturing.

Thanks to the continuous scientific and professional development of several generations of employees and associates, over four decades of its existence, the Department has outgrown the local frameworks and has gained international recognition that is today especially noticeable in the fields of development and application of computational fluid mechanics and sustainable energy and ecological development.

 

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The Department comprises three chairs:

and three laboratories:

  • Power Engineering Laboratory,
  • Hydrodynamics and Hydraulic Machinery Laboratory and
  • Water, Fuel and Lubricant Laboratory. 

The teachers of the Department give lectures in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies in mechanical engineering, for the most part in the field of specialization Process and Energy Engineering. The teaching covers areas of power engineering, power plants and machines, computational fluid mechanics and water and environmental engineering. In addition to fundamental technical knowledge and traditional fields of research, new knowledge is being continually incorporated into the current curriculum and advanced engineering methods are being developed and applied, which keeps teaching up to date. Research work of the Department has been carried out within national and European projects and has resulted in a large number of works published in acknowledged international journals.

In training future engineers for planning and managing energy processes and systems, designing power plants and developing, designing and maintaining energy equipment, special attention has been given to harnessing and integrating different renewable energy sources, wind energy, solar energy, biomass and geothermal energy.

Besides the conventional methods of thermodynamic, hydraulic and aerodynamic calculations, modern calculation tools and experimental tests are used to improve existing features, to design new, and apply and maintain various types of turbomachinery.

Numerical models for complex fluid flow calculations, heat exchanges, combustion, emissions and material strength have been developed in cooperation with industrial partners.

In the field of water and environmental engineering, students are taught several modules in which besides the theoretical fundamentals, special attention has been given to practical and experimental work related to water treatment, fuel, lubricant and environmental protection technology.

In the field of research, the Department collaborates with a significant number of world leading universities and organizations. Collaboration with industry, in addition to professional support, includes the development of new products and conceptual plant designs in the above mentioned Department’s areas of expertise.

DEPARTMENT’S DISTINCTIVE FEATURES

Due to their excellence in research, the members of the Department are recognized as the leading group in Croatia regarding the number of the European projects approved, carried out and implemented. The other member group has served as the main organizer of the SDEWES conference, one of the most prominent in the field of sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems worldwide. Over a decade, the Department’s staff have been collaborating with the world leading institute for internal combustion engine testing. Furthermore, the Department organizes OpenFOAM workshops on the development and application of this numerical modelling software in continuum mechanics. The software, whose development was largely contributed by the employees of the Department, is internationally recognized not only in academia but also in industry.

HISTORY

The Department was founded in 1971 by merging the Chair of Energy and Power Engineering and the Chair of Fluid Mechanics, under the guidance of professor Marko Majcen. His ability to select and gather young talented researchers and his care for scientific and business prosperity have set the firm foundation of the Department.

From 1978, the Department was led by professors:

  • Ladislav Kreuh (1978-1980)
  • Mijo Mustapić (1980-1984, 1988-1990)
  • Marko Majcen (1984-1988)
  • Nikola Šerman (1990-2002)
  • Željko Bogdan (2002-2012)
  • Zvonimir Guzović (2012-2014, 2018-)
  • Dražen Lončar (2014-2018)

In 1997 the Chair of Water and Environmental Engineering separated from the Chair of Energy and Power Engineering. At the same time the Chair for Hydromechanics and Hydraulic Machinery split into the Chair of Turbomachinery and the Chair of Fluid Mechanics. In 2017 the Chair of Fluid Mechanics became a separate department. 

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