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Piotr Furmański

Prof. D.Sc, Ph.D. - Division of Thermodynamics room 210, e-mail: pfurm@itc.pw.edu.pl tel. (+48 22) 234 5276

Functions within the Institute and WUT:

  • Member of the Faculty Committee for Didactics Quality
  • Member of the Committee for Research and Evaluation of the scientific discipline Environment Engineering, Mining and Power Engineering

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Committee of Thermodynamics and Combustion of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
  • Member of the section of Computer Methods in Mechanics, Committee of Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)

Key research areas:

  • Heat transfer in heterogeneous media: composites, porous & granular media, thermal insulations
  • Thermal properties of materials
  • Radiative heat transfer in transparent and participating media
  • Heat transfer at solid-solid interface. Thermal contact resistance
  • Determination of the structural defects in materiale using infrared technique defektów strukturalnych materiałów przy pomocy pomiarów w podczerwieni
  • Determination of the moisture content in materials using infrared technique
  • Heat transfer in protective clothing
  • Thermal energy storage in phase change materials and using chemical reactions
  • Thermodynamic optimization of operation of different devices
  • Application of the osmosis phenomenon to generation of the useful energy
  • Modelling of phase change processes and development of alloy microstructure
  • Mathematical modeling of heat and moisture transfer in building  materials 
  • Mathematical modelling of heat transfer in micro heat exchangers
  • Thermal problems in operation of different devices in space

 Teaching courses:

  • Thermodynamics I - NS540 (in English)
  • Thermodynamics III (Advanced Thermodynamics) – NS553A (in English)
  • Heat Transfer I – ANS516 (in Polish)
  • Heat Transfer – ANS517 (in English)
  • Advanced Heat Transfer - ANS645 (in English)

 Key publications:  

  • FurmańskiP.: Heat Conduction in Composites. Homogenization and Macroscopic Behavior. Applied Mechanics Reviews, Transactions ASME,Vol.50, No 6, 1997, pp. 327-356.
  • Furmanski P.: Microscopic-macroscopic Modeling of Transport Phenomena During Solidification in Heterogeneous Systems. CISM Courses and Lectures No.449: “Phase Change with Convection: Modelling and Validation, Springer Verlag, pp.55-126, Wien, New York, 2004.
  • Furmański P., Wiśniewski T.S., Banaszek J.: Thermal Contact Resistance and Other Thermal Phenomena at Solid-Solid Interface. Institute of Heat Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, pp.1-344, Warsaw 2008.
  • Furmański P., Floryan J.M.: A thermal barrier with adaptive heat transfer characteristics.  Journal of Heat Transfer, Transactions of the ASME, Vol.116, No 2, 1994, pp.302-316.
  • Furmański P., Floryan J.M.: A Method of control of transfer processes. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol.44, 2001, pp.215-233.
  • Gammal M.El., Furmański P., Floryan J.M.: Thermocapillary convection in the over-filled and partially-filled cavities. Physics of Fluids, Vol.16, 2004, pp. 212-215.
  • Furmański P., Banaszek J.: Finite element analysis of concurrent radiation and conduction in participating media.  J. of Quantitative Spectroscopy &Radiative Transfer, Vol.84, No 4, 2004, pp.563-573.
  • Łapka P., Furmański P.: Fixed grid simulation of radiation-conduction dominated solidification process. Journal of Heat Transfer, Transactions of the ASME, Vol.132, No 2, 2010, pp. 023504-1-023504-1-10.
  • Jaworski Maciej, Łapka Piotr, Furmański Piotr: Numerical modelling and experimental studies of thermal behaviour of building integrated thermal energy storage unit in a form of a ceiling panel. Applied Energy, No 113, 2014, pp. 548-557.
  • Łapka Piotr, Furmański Piotr: Immersed boundary method for radiative heat transfer problems in non-gray media with complex internal and external boundaries. Journal of Heat Transfer-Transactions of the ASME, Vol. 139, No 2, 2017, pp. 02270201-02270213.

Participation in projects:

  • Project: Professional cooperation between Republic of Poland and Republic of Iceland in utilization of Renewable Energy Sources, 2009 – 2011, project supported within EEA Grants for Poland. Main Participant.
  • Project: Next generation cost effective phase change materials for increased energy efficiency in renewable energy systems in buildings (NeCoE-PCM), 2009 – 2013, EU Project, COST Action TU0802.  Member of the International Steering Committee.
  • Project:  Nonconventional methods of energy conversion and storage – material & installation solutions based on the renewable energy sources increasing energy efficiency of buildings, 2011-2014, project supported within EU  projects for Poland,. Main Participant.
  • Project: New construction materials of the increased thermal conductivity, TERMET, 2010-2013, project supported within EU  projects for Poland,. Main Participant.
  • Project: Efficient systems and propulsion for small aircraft, ESPOSA, 2011-2015, EU FP 7. Participant.
  • Project: PhD on Innovation Pathways for TES, INPATH-TES, 2016-2018;  Horizon 2020. Participant.

Organizational activity:

  • Member of  KEJN (the State Committee for Evaluation of Research Institutes) in years 2017-2019
  • Head of the Institute of Heat Engineering WUT in years 2013-2016
  • Deputy director of the Institute of Heat Engineering WUT in years 2006-2012
  • Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Power & Aerospace Engineering in years 1999-2005
  • Technical editor of  “Archiwum Termodynamiki” (Archives of Thermodynamics) quaterly edited by the Committee of Thermodynamics and Combustion of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) in years 1980-1989;
  • Editor „Biuletynu Informacyjnego ITC”(Information Bulletin of Institute of Heat Engineering) in years 1990-98


  • Nine awards of the Rector of Warsaw University of Technology for scientific research in years: 1979-2009.
  • Stipend of NSERC (National Science, Educational and Research Council of Canada) 1992.
  • Award of the Rector of Warsaw University of Technology for didactics in 2003
  • Awards of Ministry of Science and Higher Education,  for scientific achievements (monographs in English): 2003, 2005

Didactic achievements:

  • Supervisor of 6 Ph.D. thesis ( 2 within cooperation with the Oregon State University, USA)
  • Reviewer of 20 Ph. D. thesis ( with 2 for University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Reviewer of 11 D.Sc. thesis


  • Visiting profesor in University of Western Ontario (UWO), London (Canada) in years 1994-1998.
  • ASME member in years 1994-2000
  • Lectures :
    • School of Mechanics „Phase change with convection: modelling and validation”, Udine., Włochy, 2002, organized by CISM (Centro Internationale di Scienze Meccaniche);
    • Basic Phenomena Accompanying Alloy Solidification”, “Mathematical modeling of micro-scale transport phenomena” within the project METRO Project (Metallurgical Training on line, 2006, Leonardo da Vinci)
    • In School of Renewable Energy Science, Aqureyri, Islandia, 2008-20010
    • Invited lectures and presentations on domestic and international conferences and schools: ( IPPT PAN 2000; Kongres Mechaników Polskich 2007, EUROTHERM Seminar Heat 2008) and abroad (Canada, Ireland,  Spain, Germany, Greece, Belgium).
  • Reviewer of papers in the following Journals:

International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Elsevier, USA;  AIAA  Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Elsevier,USA;  ASME International Journal of Solids and Structures, Elsevier, USA; International Journal of Thermophysics, USA; International Journal Computer & Fluids, USA; Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer , USA; Journal of Aerospace Engineering, USA; International Journal of Thermal Sciences (Revue Generale de Thermique), Francja; International Journal for Numerical Methods in Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Emerald, UK; Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, UK; Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, USA; Heat and Mass Transfer, Springer Verlag, Germany; Thermal Conductivity , USA; Numerical Heat Transfer, Taylor & Francis, USA; Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, USA; Solar Energy, Computer Assisted Mechanics and Engineering Sciences; Engineering Transactions; Journal Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, PAN; Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences ( PAN);  Journal of Applied Mechanics and Engineering; Archives of Mechanics, PAN; Archives of Thermodynamics, PAN; Turbulence; Archivum Combustionis, PAN;: Chemical & Process Engineering

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