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Design and Manufacturing

Within the area of Design and Manufacturing Engineering, fall the research interests of several groups and laboratories of the department of Mechanical Engineering. The research is currently grouped into two main themes: 1) Mechanical Design; 2) Manufacturing and Process Management.

In the theme of Mechanical Design, the research approach is to develop integrated design methods encompassing computational synthesis, multiscale analysis, selection strategies, and optimization search for particular applications and industrial sectors. Research topics range from Optimum Design Methodology, involving Multiobjective and Multidisciplinary Optimization, and Biomimetic Design, as applied to structures and hybrid materials, such as cellular solids and composite materials, biomedical devices, such as stents and heart valves, and robotic mechanical systems and their mechanical components.

In the theme Manufacturing and Process Management, the investigations focus on a variety of manufacturing processes occurring at the large and the micro-scale. These include comminution processes, high speed grinding, laser assisted machining, metal coating, and micro-machining. Current research projects examine the effect of wear, fretting and abrasion, and other thermoelastic and dynamic phenomena. The improvement of productivity and cycle time for manufacturing activities are also investigated with particular attention on production planning, concurrent engineering, design with remote partners, change management.

Research Labs and Groups

Research Facilities

  • JA: Schönflies-motion generator
  • Gearless pitch-roll wrist
  • Dual-arm test bed for impact management