Michal uses structural waves and vibrations to determine the properties and the condition of structures. His interests include:
- Ultrasonic non-destructive testing, imaging and characterisation,
- Underground structures interrogation,
- Leak detection and localisation,
- Analytical and numerical modelling of wave motion,
- Periodic systems, metamaterials and smart structures.
Michal works on developing modelling tools and signal processing techniques to extract the desired information about inspected structures. His main applications of interest are in the nuclear energy sector, water industry, and aerospace, but they also reach as far as characterising the natural environment.
- Non-destructive testing
- Material characterisation and imaging with ultrasound
- Guided waves
- Leak detection
- Wave modelling
Michal currently works on supporting austenitic weld inspection with material information obtained from ultrasound. The inversion combines physics-based optimisation with data-based weld formation descriptions. He also investigates the use of artificial intelligence to inform the characterisation of coarse-grained metals with ultrasonic backscatter, based on large simulated datasets. At the other end of the frequency range, Michal develops models and signal processing techniques for monitoring the condition and detecting leaks in buried/submerged water pipes with distributed acoustic sensing using optical fibres.
Current PhD Students
Michal is a Tutor for Statics and Dynamics within the Mechanics, Materials and Structures module (FEEG1002) and a Lecturer for Fundamentals of Vibration (ISVR6141). He also coordinates and teaches on the Mechanics, Machines & Vibration module (JEIG2002) in the joint programme with Harbin Engineering University.
He has experience teaching dynamics and vibration-related courses, scientific computing using Python and fundamental engineering subjects.
External roles and responsibilities
Michal graduated in Control Engineering and Robotics (MEng) from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. After a short spell in the industry, he joined the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton to pursue a PhD in 2010. His doctoral project focused on removing structural accretions (e.g. aircraft icing) from structures using mechanical waves excited by piezoelectric actuators. During this project, he developed several numerical models for wave propagation in both elastic and piezoelectric media. After graduation, he completed two EPSRC-funded post-doctoral projects at Southampton - on active vibration control of nonlinear vibration and interrogating underground structures (Assessing the Underworld). In 2017 he joined the Non-destructive Evaluation Group at Imperial College London to work on an H2020-funded project on characterising and inspecting complex materials using ultrasound (ADVISE). He developed numerical and semi-analytical models for wave propagation in complex austenitic steel welds and inversion techniques allowing for determining local grain orientations from ultrasound (weld map tomography). In September 2021 he returned to ISVR as Lecturer in Dynamics.