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The research line Mechanical Systems Dynamics focuses attention on the linear and non-linear dynamic behaviour of mechanical systems and machines. Problems addressed include mechanical vibrations and stability, active and semi-active control of mechanical systems, condition monitoring and diagnostics of machinery and vehicles, fluid-structure interaction problems and the dynamics of rotating and reciprocating machines.

The approach to these problems is based on the integration of advanced modelling and simulation techniques, e.g. multi-body/finite element methods, as well as experiments performed either using cutting-edge laboratory facilities, such as the low-turbulence and boundary layer wind tunnel, or directly in the field.

The research line is split into five main research groups:

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Mechatronics and Smart Structures

Mechatronics and Smart Structures group deals with the active and semi-active control of mechanical systems, smart and embedded systems, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) (both actuators and sensors) and energy harvesting devices, innovative robotic applications.

Rail vehicle dynamics

Rail Vehicle Dynamics group deals with the study of dynamics, vibration, safety, damage, condition-based monitoring and active control in railway vehicles and in the railway infrastructure.

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Road vehicle dynamics

Road Vehicle Dynamics group deals with vehicle dynamics (performance, comfort, handling, aerodynamics), vehicle passive and active controls, tyres, hybrid/electric vehicles.

Rotordynamics

Rotordynamics group deals with the dynamics, vibration, condition monitoring and diagnostic problems of rotating machines.

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Wind Engineering

Wind Engineering group deals with fluid-induced vibration and fluid structure interaction, including the aerodynamics and aeroelasticity of long span bridges and tall buildings and the aerodynamics of sails, vehicles and wind turbines; all of which are at the leading edge of international state-of-art in their respective fields.


Future research trends will be directed towards developing lighter, smarter, more reliable and more environmentally friendly machines/vehicles and, more specifically, towards the theme of energy production, with particular emphasis on new technologies for wind turbines and energy harvesting devices and the enhancement of performances of rotating machinery in power plants, condition monitoring and diagnostics.