We have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 13th International Symposium SYMKOM 2018 IMP2 that follows the tradition of meetings of people who conduct scientific research and development activities in the field of turbomachinery: turbines, compressors and pumps, as well as in the areas of modern power engineering technologies, energy storage, wind energy and flow modeling. The symposium is organized by two scientific centres: Institute of Turbomachinery, Lodz University of Technology and Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk.

The symposium programme includes plenary sessions introduced by keynote speeches delivered by distinguished specialists recognized in various fields of fluid mechanics and representing the world of science and industry. A Young Researchers Competition for the best presentation delivered by a young researcher will be co-sponsored by Veolia Energia Łódź, a major energy company in Poland. Moreover, an exchange of ideas among users and researchers will be possible within a separate industrial panel. Researchers wishing to extend their skills in communicating science and conference presentations can benefit from a special workshop conducted by Olle Bergman, a communication specialist.

The selected symposium contributions will be published in two scientific journals indexed in SCOPUS: "Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering" (Open Access) and "Open Engineering" (Open Access). All abstracts and papers not accepted by the above mentioned journals will be published in symposium proceedings.

For the symposium venue, we have chosen the TUL Sports and Education Centre "Sports Bay". This unique, newly built site combines multi-activity sports and recreation centre and conference space. Within the assorted agenda of social events, this year you will visit the Centre for Science and Technology in the former EC1 Lodz Power Plant Complex. The revitalised and expanded EC1 combines architectural trends from 20th century and post-industrial features.

We look forward to seeing you in Lodz.

On behalf of the Scientific Committee

Krzysztof JÓŹWIK


The scope of SYMKOM 2018 IMP2 covers the following topics:

  • design and manufacturing of turbomachinery components (rotor dynamics, performance prediction, optimization, revamp and retrofit)
  • turbomachinery maintenance and diagnostics
  • problems of flow unsteadiness (rotor-stator interaction, surge and stall, aero-acoustics, noise reduction)
  • numerical flow simulations and their experimental verification (new computational models; turbulent, transitional, multiphase flow simulations, etc.)
  • experimental investigations and measurement techniques
  • new energy and heat generating cycles (thermodynamics of turbomachines)
  • designs for special applications (medicine, biotechnology, etc.)
  • wind turbines, special devices and technology for 'green energy' generation
  • microdevices and microflows
  • educational issues
  • AOB (Any Other Business)

Invited Speakers


Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery,
Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdańsk, Poland

Professor Jan Kiciński is the Head of the Distributed Energy Department and the Director of the Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdańsk. Prof. Kiciński has been involved - for many years - in modelling of dynamic effects occurring in complex systems of the type: rotor-bearings-foundation as well as in modelling of slide bearings properties. He is also dealing with the renewable energy and dispersed cogeneration, especially micro turbines and small power plants supplied by RES (Renewable Energy Sources).

Title of the invited lecture: "Quo Vadis Power Engineering? A Slow Transition from Centralised Power Generation to Distributed Power Generation and what about Poland"


Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
Trondheim, Norway

Jan Tommy Gravdahl is professor at the Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His research interests include mathematical modeling and nonlinear control in general, in particular applied to turbomachinery, marine vehicles, spacecraft, robots, and high-precision mechatronic systems.

Title of the invited lecture: "Active control of surge in compressors"

Andrew HEYES

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Professor Andrew Heyes is the Head of Mechanical Engineering & Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His main research interest is experimental thermofluids. Prof. Heyes is a graduate of the University of Manchester, where he received a Ph.D. for research concerning the development/application of optical methods for high speed aerodynamics.

Title of the invited lecture: "Sensors for temperature and heat transfer measurement in extreme (high temperature) environments"


Concepts NREC, White River Junction, USA

Dr. David Japikse is the CEO and Founder of Concepts NREC, the world’s leading full-service turbomachinery software, design, and development organization. Dr. Japikse received his B.Sc. in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and conducted post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar/NSF Fellow at Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He has received extensive recognition for his work in the design of pumps, compressors, and turbines, as well as the development of design tools.

Title of the invited lecture: "Advances and Breakthroughs in Diffusers for Compressors and Pumps: A short history of diffusers for centrifugal machines"


Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris, France

Fawaz Massouh is a Doctor of Science who graduated in 1984 from the University of Paris 6. As responsible during the last 25 years for the wind tunnel at Arts et Metiers Paristech, he has developed many research programs in external aerodynamics and mainly in the field of wind turbines.

Title of the invited lecture: "Investigation of wind turbine wake and vortex development"

Heinrich SCHIMA

Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Heinrich Schima is an associate professor at the Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna. His main interests are the Biomechanics of the Cardiovascular System and the Circulatory Support, where he works both in Research and Clinical Application. He leads a Working Group on Cardiovascular Dynamics and Artificial Organs, which includes both scientists and clinical engineers for interdisciplinary and translational research. Prof. Schima was President of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps (ISRBP) and the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO). He is currently Councellor of the European Alliance for Medical and Biomedical Engineering Sciences (EAMBES).

Title of the invited lecture: "Special aspects of blood trauma in medical rotary pumps and the consequences for pump optimization"


Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics,
Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium

Tom Verstraete is an associate professor at the von Karman Institute and a visiting professor at the university of Ghent. He has over 14 years of experience in the design of various turbomachinery components, ranging from axial/mixed/radial compressors/turbines, internal cooling channels to space propulsion inducers, nuclear pumps, and steam turbines diffusers. He has authored or co-authored over 100 journal papers, conference papers and contributions to books. His research interests comprise multidisciplinary shape optimization, conjugate heat transfer and micro gas turbines.

Title of the invited lecture: "Towards gradient-based multidisciplinary optimization of turbomachinery"

Scientific Committee

Krzysztof JÓŹWIK, Poland (Chairman)
Jan KICIŃSKI, Poland (Co-Chairman)
Zbigniew KOZANECKI, Poland (Scientific Secretary)
Wojciech BATKO, Poland
Adam CENIAN, Poland
Tadeusz CHMIELNIAK, Poland
Wojciech CHOLEWA, Poland
Piotr DOERFFER, Poland
Witold ELSNER, Poland
Andrzej GÓRAK, Germany/Poland
Jan Tommy GRAVDAHL, Norway
Andrew HEYES, United Kingdom
Dorota KOZANECKA, Poland
Yuri KOZHUKHOV, Russian Federation
Władysław KRYŁŁOWICZ, Poland
Piotr LAMPART, Poland
Janusz LEWANDOWSKI, Poland
Fawaz MASSOUH, France
Dariusz MIKIELEWICZ, Poland
Jarosław MIKIELEWICZ, Poland
Wojciech NOWAK, Poland
Marek ORKISZ, Poland
Pericles PILIDIS, United Kingdom
Jiři POLANSKŶ, Czech Republic
Andrey RUSANOV, Ukraine
Romuald RZĄDKOWSKI, Poland
Heinrich SCHIMA, Austria
Tadeusz UHL, Poland


Honorary Patronage


Honorary Patronage


His specialties include the following:

  • scientific communication and science dissemination
  • presentation and writing techniques
  • medical, technical and scientific writing aimed at a popular audience

For more details, please visit:

The workshop will cover two modules, namely:

  • General communication for science — tech people
  • Power writing for science communicators

The participants will learn how to get your written messages across in the most effective way with facts, opinion and attitudes. This workshop includes hands-on exercises which will convey a progressive mindset regarding communication and also transfer practical skills:

  • Basic principles of communication & why rhetoric is still relevant in AD 2018.
  • Journalistic texts, inverted pyramid style.
  • Using the 5 Ws to produce a lead.
  • Getting started: planning articles which are easy to write, fact check and publish.
  • Working together, forming an editorial team and using email interviews.
  • Popularizing science — some reflections.

The main target groups for the workshop are:

  • Early career scientists
  • Students at bachelor or master level
  • Engineers & R&D staff in the industry
  • Communication professionals

The workshop will be held in the Computer Lab — room 224, second floor, Institute of Turbomachinery, TUL, Wólczańska 219/224, campus B
Time: Thursday, 18.10.2018 — 9.00-12.00
Registration via the participant portal at:
Participation fee: 30 EUR/125 PLN

Journal Issues

The selected symposium contributions will be published in two scientific journals:

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"Open Engineering" (formerly "Central European Journal of Engineering")

DE GRUYTER (Open Access)


Lodz University of Technology
Sports and Education Centre

Sports Bay in the night.

Address: 10 Politechniki Avenue, 93-590 Lodz

Social Programme

One of the important architectural objects in the city centre is the complex of buildings of the old Łódź Power Plant, currently a cultural institution under the name of "EC1 Łódź — City of Culture". Revitalised and expanded west complex of EC1 has a cultural, artistic and social functions. Until now, EC1 hosted such renowned events like, among others, Promised Land Art Festival, International Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, Festival of Theatre Schools, Transatlantic Festival, Animator on Tour and Light Move Festival. It is also a home to the National Centre for Film Culture, Łódź Film Commission and Centre for Comics and Interactive Narration. EC1 Complex offers events that allow people to spend their free time in a smart and inspiring way. For more information:

"Klub Spadkobierców" Restaurant — a place which moves all its Guests to wonderful XIX century of industrial Łódź. The design of all interiors impresses with numerous ornaments, decoration and sculptures from that period of time which is a proof of craftman's artistry and inventiveness. Remarkable ceilings, original ovens and stained glass windows are worth visitors' attention.
For more information:

Registration fee

Registration before August 31, 2018
Regular380 EUR1600 PLN
PhD Student275 EUR1150 PLN
Registration after September 1, 2018
Regular430 EUR1800 PLN
PhD Student325 EUR1350 PLN

The registration fee covers:

  • participation in plenary sessions
  • symposium proceedings
  • one manuscript publication
  • meals, refreshments
  • social programme
Workshop fee
30 EUR125 PLN

The registration fee should be paid to:
Bank PEKAO S.A. II/O, Lodz
Account No.: PL 36 1240 3028 1111 0010 3741 7984
with the annotation "SYMKOM 2018"

Organizing Committee

Tomasz PAŁCZYŃSKI — Chairman
Małgorzata JÓŹWIK — Secretary
Michał KULAK
Krzysztof OLASEK



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