Ninth International Conference on
& Micromechanics of Fracture
in Brno, Czech Republic, June 26 - 28, 2019
Invited plenary speaker
Prof. Ludvík Kunz
Prof. Ludvík Kunz graduated in solid state physics at Masaryk University in Brno in 1970. Since 1968 he is with the Institute of Physics of Materials Czech Academy of Sciences, in the period 1994 to 2012 as a head of the Department of Mechanical properties and since 2012 as its director. In 1977 he finished his CSc. study (equivalent of PhD.) by defending the Thesis entitled Properties of a plastic zone around the fatigue crack tip. He is also pedagogically active at the Žilina University already for three decades.
In the 1980s his research was focussed on the initiation and propagation of fatigue cracks and growth thresholds in materials for power generation. The localization of cyclic plastic deformation, the influence of small notches on fatigue life, the creep-fatigue interaction, the influence of mean stress on cyclic plasticity in advanced materials and superalloys as well as mechanisms of fatigue and creep damage of ultra-fine grain materials were the main research areas in the period of 1990 - 2010. His current research is concerned on mechanical properties and structure of materials prepared by additive manufacturing technologies.
He is author or co-author of 112 papers indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge Database. Sum of times cited without self-citations is about 1300, h-index = 20. He was a principal investigator of about 25 research projects of various grant agencies. The lifelong co-operation with industry resulted in more than 200 reports on problems solved for industry.