The Research line Mechanical Systems Dynamics integrates and interacts with the Department of Mechanical Engineering to provide and promote the development of culture, research and innovation in the fields associated with the dynamics of mechanical systems. Cooperation with companies and research organizations is the basis of a mutual interest in research and technology transfer.
In this area the research line has extensive experience in the modeling of mechanical systems, in particular their dynamic behavior and their interaction with external force fields. Models, developed with the latest numerical and analytical techniques, allow a thorough analysis of the problem.
Top-class laboratories are available to perform experimental tests and find out practical solutions. In particular:
Mechatronics and Smart Structures Lab
Mechatronics and Smart Structures Lab is focused on mechatronics applications ranging from domotics to industrial robotics. Particular emphasis is given to the integrated design of smart systems for noise and vibration control that couple micro-sensors, energy harvesting devices, miniaturised actuators and innovative control architectures.
Railway Engineering Lab
This laboratory is equipped with test benches for the characterization, development and verification of the components of railway vehicles and track. Test bench for bogies, axles test bench and the facilities for the study of wheel-rail contact and pantograph-catenary interaction can be mentioned among the most advanced experimental equipment.
Automotive and Electric/Hybrid Vehicles Lab
The research activity of this laboratory is mainly devoted to the passive and active safety of road vehicles as well as to the application of the theoretical knowledge in the field of vehicle dynamics. Innovative technical solutions aimed to energy saving and environmental sustainability are being developed.
Cable Dynamics Lab
This laboratory is devoted to the study of the dynamics of suspended cables and their related systems to limit vibrations. The activities aim to the experimental measurement of the characteristics of interest of the vibratory phenomenon of cables and dampers (for instance the damping characteristics), in order to develop and validate numerical models for the prediction of the behavior of real systems of conductors.
Electric Drives Lab
This laboratory is specialised in the research, development and testing of control systems and electrical drives for industrial and transportation applications. Non-destructive Tests (NDT) Lab The experimental activity carried out in this laboratory deals with the application and development of traditional and innovative NDT methods, applied in the design and production of materials, as well as in the maintenance and prognostics of mechanical systems.
The Politecnico di Milano Wind Tunnel allows the experimental analysis of wind effects on scale models of civil structures, road and rail vehicles, sail boats and mechanical components in general, including wind generators and suspended cables. The data obtained from the experimentation are useful both for the research activities and the structure design.