Department of Materials Engineering

Department of Materials Engineering is a new department of KTU, created after reorganization, merging Departments of Textile Technologies, Clothing and Polymer Products, and Wood Technologies.

The origins of Department of Materials Engineering are associated with lectures on the subject of wood technologies, taught by assoc. prof. Antanas Gravrogkas at the Faculty of Technologies of Vytautas Magnus University since 1925.  The first specialist of wood, who defended his diploma project in 1928, was a graduate of Division of Mechanics Aronas Kolodnas.

1929 can be considered the beginning of prehistory of textile science in Lithuania and Department of Textile Technologies. That was the year when it was decided to start preparation of textile engineers at Faculty of Technologies of Vytautas Magnus University (present Kaunas University of Technology) and since 1 October 1932 Juozas Indriūnas, who returned from a 2-year internship in German universities of Dresden and Stuttgart, started teaching a course on spinning and weaving to the first group of textile specialists. This date is considered to be the beginning of textile engineering in Lithuania.

In 1936 J. Indriūnas defended first doctoral thesis in the textile area and habilitation thesis in the same year. In the same year first department of textile research was established in the Department of Mechanical Technologies at Faculty of Technologies; it was Laboratory of Fibre Technologies, which acquired German equipment for textile analysis, which was advanced at the time. Reform of Faculty of Technologies, which started in 1939, first of all had impact on organizational structure of teaching process. Decision on establishment of independent Department of Textile Technologies was made in 1940.  Prof. J. Indriūnas was appointed as the first Head of Department.

After WW2, during restoration and further development of Lithuanian economy, there was an increasing need of engineers. With increasing demand of specialists of all areas, they were in great request at Lithuanian fields of traditional processing industries – metal processing, production of machinery and equipment, textile, clothing, wood processing.

In 1954 first students were admitted to newly established specialty of technologies for leather products and textile products. Studies for specialists of technologies for wood processing were started in 1957. Specialty of technologies for fibre materials was divided into three separate specialities of weaving, knitwear and spinning of natural and man-made fibre.  Specialists of production technologies and equipment for processing of polymer materials were prepared since 1961.

Faculty of Light Industry was established in April 1962. Departments of Textile Technologies, Mechanical Wood Technologies and Technologies for Leather and Textile Products were transferred to this faculty. Soon Department of Textile Technologies was reorganized into two departments: Fibre Materials and Textile Technologies. In 1997 both textile departments were merged into one Department of Textile Technologies again.

In 2014 Departments of former Faculty of Design and Technologies (except Department of Graphic Communications Engineering) were merged into one Department of Materials Engineering.

Scientific work of Department’s employees was appreciated by state science awards multiple times. Prof. A. Matukonis received state award three times (1966, 1979 and 2001), prof. V. Milašius – two times (1966 and 2001), prof. J. Indriūnas and assoc. prof. P. Limanauskas (1966), and prof. R. Čiukas and prof. A. Vitkauskas (2001) – once. Two of Department’s professors A. Matukonis (1997) and V. Milašius (1999) were awarded Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas by the President of the Republic of Lithuania.

Department’s lecturers teach the following subjects to the students of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design:

Since 1998 Department is a member of AUTEX, international association of universities of the European Union, which prepare textile specialists. Department’s lecturers teach E-TEAM students of international AUTEX Master degree in various European countries.

Department’s employees constantly implement many local and international scientific projects.

Recently 7 professors, 17 associate professors, 5 lecturers, 2 scientific employees and 20 doctoral students work at the Department of Materials Engineering.

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Department curates the following study programmes:

First tier university study programmes (Bachelor degree)

  • Fashion Engineering
    Specialties: Production Technologies for Clothing; Development Technologies for Clothing
    Minor studies: Marketing, Management, Business
  • Wood Engineering and Technology
    Specialties: Design and Technologies of Furniture; Design and Technologies of Wood Products
  • Engineering Design
    Minor studies: Industrial Design
  • Textile Engineering

Second tier university study programmes (Master degree)

  • Fashion Engineering
  • Wood Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Textile Engineering

Third tier university study programmes (Doctoral degree)

  • Doctoral study programme in scientific field of Material Engineering (08T) in the area of Technologies.

Subjects of research of Department of Materials Engineering are associated with priority scientific fields approved at KTU:

  •  “New high tech materials”: functional textile for medicine and human safety; development of heterogeneous structures of materials and virtual simulation of their operational process; development and assessment of multifunctional polymer materials; textile for health and welfare of people; development of technologies for 3D prototype polymer casings for cultivation of stem cells; development of composite materials using implantable smart structures for expansion of material’s functional characteristics; research of links between hierarchical characteristics of wood structure, simulation of mechanical characteristics of composites, simulation of primary processing and characteristics of composites.
  •  "Technologies for Sustainable Development and Energy": development and research of protective silicone and polymer coating, protecting from harmful environmental effects; innovative thermally and chemically modified wood coatings; development and assessment of nanofiber structures; mechanical behaviour of eco-energy efficient wood products.
  • “Sustainable growth and sustainable sociocultural development”: preservation of Lithuanian ethnographic textile heritage; creative designing of elements for industrial design, interior and exterior; fashion design; project development and entrepreneurship.

Research fields

  • Development and assessment of clothing products and systems of their materials
  • Research of characteristics, structures and production technologies of textile materials
  • Development of nanofiber and research of their characteristics
  • Dynamic research of wood structure and parameters of production process
  • Modification of wood and engineering wood products
  • Development and assessment of heterogeneous polymer materials and their systems
  1. Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association (LATIA)
  2. AB „Audimas“
  3. AS „Granberg“
  4. AB „Kauno Baltija“
  5. AB „Utenos trikotažas“
  6. UAB „Nortijos grupė“
  7. UAB „Vegateksa“
  8. TŪB „Klasikinė tekstilė“
  9. UAB „Omniteksas“
  10. UAB „Garlita"
  11. UAB „Liningas“
  12. UAB „Skinija“
  13. AB „Gija“
  14. AB „Pakaita“
  15. AB „Liteksas“

Department also collaborates with:

  1. UAB „Litspin“
  2. UAB „Lietlinen“,
  3. UAB „Lietvilna“,
  4. UAB „Danspin“
  5. AB „Vernitas“
  6. UAB „Devold“
  7. UAB „Ortho Baltix“
  8. UAB „Ortopedijos Technika“
  9. KB Components
  10. UAB "Lazertechas"
  11. UAB „Awaled“
  12. GTV, mokslinių paslaugų firma
  13. Asociacija „Lietuvos mediena“
  14. UAB „Visagino linija“
  15. AB „Klaipėdos baldai“,
  16. AB „Šilutės baldai“,
  17. AB „Kauno baldai“,
  18. UAB „Germanika
  19. UAB „Jundos stalių gaminiai“,
  20. UAB „Stora Enso Timber“
  21. UAB „Doleta“
  22. AB „Jūrės medis“
  23. UAB „Kirvilė“
  24. UAB „Baltwood“
  25. UAB „Ikea Industry Lietuva“
  26. UAB „Nilma“
  27. UAB „Boen Lietuva“
  28. UAB „Baldai jums“
  29. AB „Freda“
  30. UAB „Narbutas“
  31. AB „Klaipėdos mediena“
  32. UAB „IKEA INDUSTRY LITHUANIA“
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