Dr. Zoltán Pálmai

Honorary professor (Prof.h.c.)


Phone: +36 1 20 9474 558
Fax: +36 1 463 3176
Calling hours:
E-mail: palmai




University Education/Work

Education: Graduate Mechanical Engineer (1959), Certified Welding Engineer (1965)
1987-2004: Innovation Park of the Technical University of Budapest, Founder and Managing Director
1979-1987: Research Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy, Scientific Deputy Director
(1959-1979: Metallurgical Works of Ózd, Executive Head of Department of Technology and Research)
2015: Budapest University of Technology and Economics: Honorary Professor
2014: University of Miskolc: Honorary Professor
1989-2014: Budapest University of Technology and Economics: Honorary Associate Professor
1982-1989. Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Manufacturing and Engineering: Part-time Associate Professor
1973-1982. University of Miskolc, Institute of Manufacturing Science: Part-time Associate Professor
1965-1966: University of Miskolc, Institute of Applied Mechanics: Assistant Lecturer

Certificate of Merit/ Scientific degrees

Candidate of Technical Sciences (“The effect of the deoxidation of steel on machinability”) (1974) and University Doctor (1974).

Prizes, acknowledgements and scholarships

1970: A study on local heat treatment (in: Gépgyártástechnológia) – 1st Degree of Award of Excellence of the Machine Industry Science Association
1980: Machinability of Metals (Műszaki Könyvkiadó, Budapest) – Award of Excellence
2005: Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic

Research interests and activities

Cutting theory applications of the dynamics of non-linear processes:
Various areas of application of physical metallurgy:
–    increasing spring fatigue limit
–    local heat treatment of thin-wall tubes
–    heat treatment in magnetic fields
–    PVD process for the formation of wear-resistant TiN layer
–    wear theory of cutting tools
–    thermoelectrical phenomena in chip roots
Special steel metallurgy technology for the improvement of machinability
Technological future research

Patents granted:
Machine for the improvement of the solidity and endurance limit of metal objects like flat springs by surface compression. No. 157 609.
Process for the manufacturing of high machinability carbon steels by special deoxidation. No. 160 175.
Iron workpiece, optimally a tool, equipped with at least two surface layers. No. 183 368.

Tutorial activity

1968-1971: Scientific Certification Board of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences: scholarship candidate

Other academic activities

1983-1985: National Medium-term Research and Development Plan, A2 Mechanical Engineering Programme, Operative Programme Leader
1985-1989: A member of the National Technical Development Board
1986-1989: National Medium-term Research and Development Plan, G6 Mechanical Engineering Automation Programme, Operative Programme Leader
1990-2004. A member of the Advisory Board of the Industrial Technical Development Foundation
1990-2004: A founder and board member of the Hungarian Innovation Association, Regional Vice President for 8 years
1993-1996: President of the Engineering Commission of the Higher Education Research Applications Evaluation Board of the Ministry of Culture and Public Education
1994-2004: A founder and member of the Advisory Board of INNOSTART National Business Innovation Centre Foundation

Bibliography (the most recent for each)/Publication activity


Subjects taught/Main subjects taught

Cutting theory, on an occasional basis or on request

Languages spoken/ Language skills

German: writing and reading
English: writing and reading
Russian: writing and reading

Family/ Personal

Married, two children, four grandchildren

Proposed topics

Modelling of non-linear thermomechanical processes of chip formation considering the regenerative effect
Physical metallurgy wear theory of cutting tools in machining with changing chip cross section (e.g. peripheral milling)
The thermoelectrical and magnetic processes of the chip root – tool wear
The transient processes of cutting in periodical machining with changing chip cross section



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