Supporting Institutions


Road and Bridge Research Institute conducts research and development work concerning the construction and maintenance of transportation structures, specifically roads and road bridges, railway bridges and underground structures.

The main scope of the Institute activities and implementations is focused on the following subjects:

-      principles of design, execution and maintenance of transportation structures,
-      materials and products for communication engineering,
-      technical state of roads and engineering structures,
-      geotechnics,
-      economic analysis,
-      engineering and traffic safety,
-      road network management systems,
-      transportation issues, database of roads and engineering structures.

Besides the research and development activity, the Road and Bridge Research Institute adapts R&D results to the practical needs elaborating guidelines, instructions, expert opinions and procedures. The Institute takes part in the work of numerous international organizations, such as: FEHRL - Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories, FERSI - Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes, IABSE - International Association of Bridge Structure Engineering, RILEM - The International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories. The Institute is a participant and coordinator of many international projects, for example: EUREKA, COST, Framework Programme of the European Union.






Established in 1946, Foundry Research Institute (FRI) in Krakow is a research and development centre specialising in the field of foundry technology. FRI conduct research and development in the field of metallurgy and casting technology of cast iron, cast steel and casting alloys Al, Mg, Cu, Zn, Ti, Ni. In addition to this FRI also focusses on technologies for molding masses, die-casting, pressure and precision casting and the use of gasified models; regeneration of grain matrix; high temperature corrosion tests in different atmospheres for power energy industry, high temperature liquid state investigations; nanostructure investigations, physicochemical and mechanical properties testing, casting defects; rapid prototyping; spatial scanning; simulation of pouring; solidification and stress distribution.

In FRI prototypes and pilot lines of castings are being developed along with projects focussed on improving the mechanical properties of foundry materials and the technological properties of basic and auxiliary materials used in foundries. Within that scope, expert researchers is conduct investigations into casting defects, their causes and prevention methods using simulation techniques and optimisation of foundry processes.

Cooperation with designers is also carried out in the scope of casting prototyping with the use of simulation of filling the molds, solidification processes and stress distribution in casting. For that purpose, the facility of Rapid Prototyping System has been designed and incorporated into FRI, including the following devices: CAD, FDM, ZCorp, Solidscape, Cyclone II, TEK-POL, Induterm.

Other notable activities at FRI include: development and testing of the properties of materials used for mold and casting core manufacturing in addition to binders in connection to molding mass regeneration techniques, and waste utilisation.