Polymer Science and Technology
University of Technology
Piotr Czarnocki is an Associate Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, where he lectures on composite airframe structures. He received his BSc and MSc degrees from the Warsaw University of Technology in 1973 and 1974, respectively. His MSc thesis was on numerical modelling of non-linear flutter. Since 1975 he had been a staff member of the Faculty of Aviation and Power Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology. He has participated in several projects on the testing and application of composite materials in light aircrafts and gliders. These projects were supported by the Polish Aircraft Industry. In 1982 he started a doctoral study at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986. His PhD thesis was on the strength of adhesive joints. Piotr returned to Warsaw in 1986 and continued his research at the Warsaw University of Technology, lecturing on aircraft frame design and manufacturing. At the same time, he was a leader or participant in several projects related to composite aircraft structures. In 1990-1991 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. In 2005 he earned his DSc degree (Habilitation), and for the next 10 years he participated in European projects related to aircraft design and headed three domestic projects supported by the government. He also participated in the activity of Technical Committee 4 (on Polymers, Composites and Adhesives) of the European Structural Integrity Society. Currently he and his research group are working on a project of a composite motor-glider with electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cells.