Our mission is to study properties of fluids and solids, their complex motions and interactions and processes occurring in them under thermal and/or mechanical loading. As a multidisciplinary research organization, we also study complex dynamics of mechanical systems, electromechanical energy conversions and their control using power electronic devices, and develop applications of thermal plasma. To fulfill our mission, we create mathematical models and algorithms, diagnostic and measurement methods and scientific sensors and instruments. Besides curiosity-driven research, which is at the heart of our purpose, we transfer our knowledge to society by educating future scientists, promoting public awareness of science and applying our research findings in industrial settings and the public sector to initiate innovations in various fields of technology. To achieve the best results, we foster enthusiasm, motivation and confidence of our staff by implementing the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and constantly enriching our Human Resource Strategy for Researchers.
The Institute is registered in the Czech registry of public research institutions.
The Institute was established in 1953 as the Laboratory of Mechanical Engineering of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 1955, it was renamed as the Institute for Mechanical Engineering (also Mechanical Research Institute) and in 1962 as the Institute of Thermomechanics CAS. In 1964, the Aerodynamic laboratory in Nový Knín (30 km from Prague) was established. Since 1986, the main building of the Institute is located in the campus of the Academy of Sciences in Prague 8. In 2006, the Institute merged with the Institute of Electrical Engineering, which was also established in 1953.
The Institute is the seat of the following societies or their national committees: