Scientists of the Faculty of Civil Engineering of BUT designed a combined device for the production of plastic samples. The method they used was compression moulding with combined heating and cooling. The advantage of this method is that the cylindrical mould is dismountable and has a special system of cooling and thus the problem with de-moulding of the produced sample is eliminated. The method has been tried for laboratory use in the production of samples of composite plastics.

Can’t avoid having to switch on the air-conditioning in summer, despite the threat of health risks caused by air-conditioned rooms? Scientists at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Institute of Building Structures have been testing in experimental rooms for some time now heat-accumulation modules containing materials with phase change and with a system of capillary insulating pads, i.e. technology that solves the problem of rooms over-heating in the summer months and but that radiate heat in the winter season and the transitional periods.

Scientists at the Faculty of Civil Engineering have found a way of acoustically insulating floor structures so that they meet the respective noise standards and do not reduce the comfort of users, particularly those living in blocks of flats. To achieve this they are using ceiling structures which enhance the acoustic properties of footfall sound and decrease air sound transmission.

A wooden construction kit of bridge structures, made according to the designs of real bridges in the Czech Republic and the USA, has been launched onto the market. Interest has already been shown by both nursery and elementary schools, as well as by students of technical universities. This educational tool was designed by scientists at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at BUT, from the Institute of Concrete and Masonry Structures.

At present, various forms of energy-saving technologies are applied in modern constructions, and attempts to maximize the use of alternative energy sources is growing. Scientists at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at BUT are also engaged in this issue. One example is Ing. Pavel Adam from the Institute of Building Services, who is the originator of a new effective system for heating fresh atmospheric air.

Prof. Ing. Jiří Adámek, CSc. and Ing. Michal Batelka of the Institute of Building Testing at the BUT Faculty of Civil Engineering are the originators of a new technical solution concerning slag-agloporite concrete. This is prepared using artificial sintered aggregate of power-plant or heating-plant fly-ash, so-called agloporite - namely the 4-8 mm fraction. As an additional filler, power-plant slag of the same fraction is used as a substitute for natural aggregate.