Dražan Kozak

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Slavonski Brod

Bilateral Meetings

  • Thursday 15:00-17:00

Scientific research at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod is organised within 11 active scientific research projects and 2 programmes funded by the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MSES). Dražan Kozak was born on July 31, 1967. He graduated at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty (SF) in Slavonski Brod, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek in 1991. After that he started with his postgraduate study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FSB), University of Zagreb. Simultaneously he has been employed at the SF Slavonski Brod, as the scientific novice. He achieved his titles Master of Science in 1995 and Doctor of Philosophy in 2001, both at the FSB Zagreb. Thesis research was focused on the fracture behaviour of strength mismatch welded joints with surface and/or through-thickness crack located in the middle of the weld and/or in the heat affected zone. Academic career he started as an Assistant Professor in 2002, in 2005 he becames Associate Professor, in 2009 Full Professor and in 2014 Full Professor with tenure in the field of Mechanics and Strength of Materials. Prof. Kozak is lecturer in the courses as Engineering Mechanics I (Static) and II (Kinematics and Dynamics), Strength of Materials I and II, Numerical methods, Finite Element Method, Pressure vessels and piping and Fracture Mechanics at the Mechanical Engineering Constructions Department by SF in Slavonski Brod. He was main researcher on the bilateral international Slovenian-Croatian project (2003-2004) 'Application of fracture mechanics by energetic components revitalisation' and Hungarian-Croatian project (2005-2007) 'New approach to design of welded components based on benefits of present heterogeneity in the welded joint'. The results of the bilateral projects were implemented into structural integrity assessment of vital parts of steam generator in Nuclear Power Plant Krško in Slovenia. Prof Kozak led also bilateral Austrian-Croatian (2008-2009) project 'An influence of surface treatment processes on the fatigue behaviour under multiaxial loading' together with Dr-Ing Jürgen Fröschl (Montanuniversität Leoben). He lead together with Prof Aleksandar Sedmak bilateral Serbian-Croatian project (2010-2011) 'Integrity assessment and energetic efficiency of structures in exploitation'. During last years he was actively included in the work on the fundamental national project 0152-018 'Life cycle assessment of the structures considering fracture mechanics approach', as researcher. He was main investigator on the project for young scientists 'Numerical modelling of strength mismatch welded joints with cracks' supported by Ministry of Science and Technology of Republic of Croatia (MZOS). At the moment Prof. Kozak is the leader of the project 152-1201910-1909 'Analysis and fracture assessment of structures of anisotropic materials' granted also by MZOS. The aim of the project is to reach the best performance of structural component in order to ensure safe service of heterogeneous and anisotropic materials, especially in biomechanics issue. He is coordinator of six CEEPUS projects: CIII-RO-0202-10-1617, CIII-BG-1103-01-1617, CIII-RS-0065-11-1617, CIII-PL-0033-12-1617, CIII-RO-0058-09-1617 and CIII-PL-0701-05-1617. He is project manager of the project "ME4CataLOgue - Croatian Catalogue of knowledge, skills and competences for Mechanical Engineering studies based on learning outcomes" (2013-2015) which is co-financed by European Union through the IPA IV component Human Resources Development. He is team member at the EU project WORTH (2015-2016). He is partner at the project supported by Croatian Science Foundation (HZZ) IP-2014-09-1218 „Defining the possibility of application of mini dental implants (MDI) and their results in vitro and clinical prospective investigations“(2015-2019).

Organization Type University
Organization Size1-10
City Slavonski Brod HR-35000, Trg Ivane Brlić Mažuranić 2 Google map
Areas of Activities

Material Science