Materials Research Lab (LBM)

Contact Data

Lab Acting Head
DSc. Eng. Łukasz Kurpaska, prof. NCBJ


Head of the laboratory for Structural, Corrosion and Chemical Research 

DSc. Eng. Jarosław Jasiński, prof. NCBJ


Head of the Non-destructive Testing Laboratory

MSc. Eng. Marcin Kowal


Mechanical Research Laboratory

PhD. Eng. Małgorzata Frelek-Kozak


LBM Secretariat

Elżbieta Szulim

e-mail: tel. (22) 273 10 62

Basic information

The Mate­rials Rese­arch Labo­ra­tory (LBM) of the Natio­nal Cen­tre for Nuc­lear Rese­arch is loca­ted at the Rese­arch Cen­tre in Świerk, appro­xi­ma­tely 5 km north-east of Otwock and 30 km south-east of War­saw. LBM con­ducts rese­arch, re-appro­val and dia­gno­stic works on con­struc­tion mate­rials and their welded joints in the field of widely under­stood mate­rials science, using destruc­tive and non-destruc­tive methods. Non-irra­dia­ted and irra­dia­ted mate­rials are tested.

LBM inc­lu­des the Labo­ra­tory for Struc­tu­ral, Cor­ro­sion and Che­mi­cal Testing, the Labo­ra­tory of Mecha­ni­cal Testing, the Labo­ra­tory of Non-Destruc­tive Testing and the Work of Hot Cham­bers con­si­sting of a set of 12 lead cham­bers with a maxi­mum shiel­ding of 100 Ci (3.7 × 1012 Bq), equ­ip­ped with appro­priate tech­no­lo­gi­cal instal­la­tions and con­nec­ted to each other by a trans­port tun­nel. The cham­bers are equ­ip­ped with equ­ip­ment for testing the pro­per­ties of irra­dia­ted con­struc­tion mate­rials.

For over thirty years, LBM has been accre­di­ted by the Polish Cen­tre for Accre­di­ta­tion (PCA) as an accre­di­ted rese­arch labo­ra­tory (AB 025). The Polish Cen­tre for Accre­di­ta­tion is a signa­tory of mul­ti­la­te­ral agre­ements within inter­na­tio­nal orga­ni­za­tions ope­ra­ting in the field of accre­di­ta­tion, i. e. EA MLA, IAF MLA and ILAC MRA. For this reason, the results of accre­di­ted acti­vi­ties, inc­lu­ded in the test reports issued by LBM, bear the ILAC MRA label in addi­tion to the PCA accre­di­ta­tion mark, and thus are reco­gni­zed and reco­gni­zed abroad.

The Mate­rial Testing Labo­ra­tory offers rese­arch servi­ces to com­mer­cial enti­ties and scien­ti­fic part­ners. We pro­vide our clients with inde­pen­dent, impar­tial and relia­ble per­for­mance of tests thanks to the imple­men­ted mana­ge­ment sys­tem, in accor­dance with the dec­la­red Quality Policy and the requ­ire­ments of the PN-EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018–02 stan­dard. The labo­ra­tory main­ta­ins tra­ce­abi­lity in accor­dance with the requ­ire­ments of the rele­vant own pro­ce­du­res and the requ­ire­ments of the Polish Cen­tre for Accre­di­ta­tion.

The employ­ees of the Mate­rial Rese­arch Labo­ra­tory par­ti­ci­pate in natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal rese­arch pro­jects finan­ced by the Natio­nal Science Cen­tre, the Natio­nal Cen­tre for Rese­arch and Deve­lop­ment, the Foun­da­tion for Polish Science, H2020 instru­ments or the French Embassy in Poland. Rese­arch con­duc­ted by LBM employ­ees focu­ses on the asses­sment of the impact of radia­tion defects in new mate­rials such as: ODS ste­els, nic­kel and zir­co­nium alloys, mar­ten­si­tic-fer­ri­tic ste­els, Al2O3 coatings and gra­phite. LBM pro­du­ces modern mate­rials using the 3D prin­ting method, and toge­ther with coope­ra­ting insti­tu­tions we pro­duce mate­rials using SPS and HIP methods. The coope­ra­tion is car­ried out with leading Polish uni­ver­si­ties and insti­tu­tes (PW, AGH, WAT, IPPT, ITME) and inter­na­tio­nal scien­ti­fic insti­tu­tes (CEA, VTT, IIT, ORNL, JRC, JAEA or CHRTEM).

LBM acti­vely coope­ra­tes with the Mini­stry of Science and Higher Edu­ca­tion, which sup­ports the deve­lop­ment of new rese­arch methods and allows for the main­te­nance of modern scien­ti­fic equ­ip­ment, inc­lu­ding the only group of hot cham­bers in Poland with a pro­tec­tion of 100 Ci, 3.7 TBq. The cham­bers are equ­ip­ped with advan­ced measu­ring equ­ip­ment and ena­ble a num­ber of measu­re­ments of the phy­si­cal, mecha­ni­cal and struc­tu­ral pro­per­ties of active mate­rials. LBM Was desi­gned and built in the 1980 s to test the so-cal­led wit­ness sam­ples from nuc­lear power reac­tors. The asses­sment of the pro­per­ties of wit­ness sam­ples car­ried out over the years of the reac­tor’s ope­ra­tion ena­bles the asses­sment of the degra­da­tion state of the reac­tor’s struc­tu­ral mate­rials. The­re­fore, it is one of the pro­ce­du­res for moni­to­ring the ope­ra­tional safety of a nuc­lear instal­la­tion.