Research topics

This macro area encompasses the study of mechanisms and systems (mechanical and industrial) concerning their functionality in terms of performance and control. It includes the design and analysis of mechanisms intended for complex functions, the study of vibrations in structures or rotating elements, the use of fluid circuits for actuation and control, and the automation, including the study of industrial robots.

This macro area includes the mechanical characterization of different types of materials (metals, fibre-reinforced composites, etc.) in terms of static, fatigue, and wear performance, the sizing of mechanical components for strength and stiffness, and the study of road and rail vehicles. The methods used include theoretical analysis based on mathematical or numerical models (including the use of major industrial finite element codes) and experimental measurement of stresses and material response.

This macroarea focuses on aspects of mechanics directly oriented towards sustainable development and personal safety. The first aspect includes mechanical systems for energy production from renewable mechanical sources (such as waves and wind) and mechanical issues related to the electrification of isolated energy systems and vehicles (battery and cell health). The second aspect concerns both the prevention of failures in vital mechanical components for various applications (e.g., actuators in the aeronautic sector) based on reliability studies, diagnostics, and prognostics, and the mitigation of accident consequences through the implementation of vehicle protective structures.

This macro-area encompasses aspects of mechanics focused on the development of devices and systems aimed at compensating for the discomfort caused by certain conditions and supporting recovery from them. It also includes the development of robots or devices designed to collaborate with humans in productive activities, ergonomic improvements in work environments, and advancements in sports practices.