A brief history
History of research centre NTC
Thermomechanics of Technological Processes (TTP) is one of the departments of New Technologies Research Centre (NTC), which was established at the University of West Bohemia in 2000 to support research and development in the West Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.
The centre was established under the program of support for research and development of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic entitled "Research Centres" as a centre for applied research - subprogram B under the name LN00B084. At the same time the centre was established by the academic senate as a university institute of the University of West Bohemia. The focus of its work is to support research and development in the West Bohemian region with connections to Czech and international research and development teams. The centre started its operation on July 3, 2000.
Development of the Research Centre can be divided into three phases:
- 1st phase: 2000-2004
- Since the establishment of the centre by the end of 2004, when NTC worked as a great project of Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. This phase is characterized by intensive development with great importance given to the quality of experimental equipment in the field of diagnostic of materials. A key role was played by the sophisticated computer simulations.
- 2nd phase: 2005-2010
- Since 2005, when NTC ended the project LN00B084 and did not achieve to ensure its continuation. NTC switched to full self-financing, in which co-operation with industry played a key role. NTC began to acquire a number of projects and targeted funding gradually prevailed funding from contract research. Department of TTP progressively began to focus more on the laser technology. Research Centre has gained a significant project of R&D – CENTEM, which has as one of the main themes Laser technologies for processing and analysis of materials.
- 3rd phase: 2011-2014
- In 2011, the project CENTEM was initiated. New staff joined TTP department and new laser labs are under construction. Simultaneously with the construction and expansion of laser technologies, the department maintains its activities in the field of thermomechanics and development of measurement systems for special applications (e.g. solar energy or automotive brake systems).
- 4. etapa: since 2015
- Ongoing term sustainability of the project CENTEM. At the same time the project CENTEM+ starts.