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Rafiel Dvali Institute of Machine Mechanics
History of the Institute
The Institute was founded in 1959 on the basis of the Resolution of the Council of Ministers of the SSR of Georgia (N750, September 22, 1959) and was named the Institute of Machine Learning.
Academician Rafiel Dvali and academician Vakhtang Makhaldiani were the initiators of the establishment of the institute, whose researches in the field of theory of mobile vehicles and engines working in mining conditions laid the foundation for the establishment of the institute and the establishment of its main directions.
In 1970, the name of the institute was changed to the Institute of Machine Mechanics.
Since 1994, the institute has been named after Rafiel Dvali. Since 2006, the institute has been established as a legal entity under public law – Rafiel Dval Institute of Machine Mechanics.
Prior to the election of the director (1959), academician Vakhtang Makhaldian was appointed acting director of the Institute of Machine Learning.
In 1960-61, the institute was headed by T.M.K. Giorgi Ambokadze.
In 1961-72 he was the director of T.M.K. Yovel Jebashvili;
In 1972-85, the institute was headed by a famous Georgian scientist and public figure, academician of the Georgian Academy of Sciences, Rafiel Dvali.
From 1985 to 1998, Yovel Jebashvili, a member-correspondent of the Georgian Academy of Sciences, a professor, was still the director.
In 1998 – 2006, an outstanding scientist and public figure academician Robert Adamia was elected as the director of the institute.
Since 2006, the director of the institute is Tamaz Natriashvili, Doctor of Technical Sciences.
Main scientific directions
The institute conducts both fundamental and applied research. Scientific topics are presented with the following priorities: development of innovative technologies in machine building and vehicles, use of non-traditional, renewable energy sources.
Researches are being conducted on the following scientific problems:
• Reliability and durability of machines;
• Mechanics of machine systems and mechanisms (dynamics and oscillations);
• Machine – mathematical modeling of machines and the processes taking place in them and development and development of optimal calculation methods;
• Development of engineering methods for rational planning and calculation of heavy machines and equipment;
• Mobile vehicle research;
• Research and conversion of thermal power plants, mainly internal combustion engines, to alternative fuels;
• Development of new nanocomposite materials and technologies;
• Development of new technological methods of obtaining anti-wear and anti-corrosion coatings;
• Development of metal-saving technologies and devices;
• Development of energy converters of geothermal water, sea waves and other non-traditional sources of energy.
The departments of the institute have laboratories equipped with appropriate scientific equipment, where:
• Test stand for internal combustion engines from 16 to 250 kW,
• test stands for light vehicle dynamometric and vibration equipment,
• Devices and equipment for multifaceted tests of material properties.
Currently, there are 60 employees working in the institute, 29 of whom are scientists, including 27 who have a doctor of science or equivalent academic degree.
In 2009, four employees of the institute defended their doctoral theses.
6 grant projects are being processed in the institute. Among them: 3 are completed with the joint financing of the SESF, 2 international scientific and technical centers, one GRDF and the SESF.
The international scientific and technical journal “Mechanical problems” is published under the patronage of the institute.
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