Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
University of La Coruña

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Research lines

Multibody system dynamics

The Laboratory of Mechanical Engineering has specialized on multibody system dynamics. Basic research on this discipline is always required in the lab, since there does not exist a single method to address optimally all the problems in this area of knowledge. New problems often feature peculiarities which demand new research to be carried out. It is then essential to holistically consider the various components of the method, as each of them affects the others: modeling, coordinates selection, formulation of the equations of motion, numerical integration, and programming. The challenge increases with the required level of detail in the model (flexible bodies, contact and impact phenomena, control, multiphysics -electricity, hydraulics, thermodynamics, etc.-) or when addressing optimization problems.

The research lines of the lab that result from the application of multibody system dynamics to various fields are described next.

Control of ground vehicles Automotive

We are working on the development of state/input observers based on multibody models of cars which may serve as virtual sensors, and on their implementation in on-board embedded systems. We are also developing multibody models of cars to be used in hardware-in-the-loop simulation. In the past, we developed a car driving simulator too.

Video test state observer on prototype car

Video motor-in-wheel vs conventional car

Biomechanics of the human motion Biomechanics

We are working on the development of active orthoses to assist the gait of SCI subjects, and on methods for gait analysis and prediction which may give support to orthosis design and patient adaptation.

Video gait analysis of SCI subject

Video gait simulation of SCI subject

Video test active orthoses

Oceanic and naval applications Maritime

We are working on the simulation of fishing nets and tackles, and on test methods to characterize net opening resistance. We are also working on the validation of a software package, previously developed in the lab, for the simulation of the lifting maneuver of ship anchors. In the past, we simulated wave energy converters, and the launch and recovery of autonomous underwater vehicles from submarines.

Video fishing nets simulation

Video fishing nets testing

Video anchor lifting maneuver simulator

Entorno 3D para simulación y control de vehículos Machinery

These applications are usually addressed upon requests from companies. We have developed several simulators: excavator, cranes, forklift, etc.

Video excavator simulator

Video forklift simulation

UNESCO codes, according to the proposed international standard nomenclature for fields of science and technology (UNESCO document NS/ROU/257 REV.1; SC.88/WS/80):

UNESCO CodesDescription
1203.09Computer Aided Design
1203.10Computer Aided Teaching
1203.25Sensor System Design
1206.01Algorithm Construction
2205.01Analytical Mechanics
2205.02Continuous means mechanics
2205.07Measurement of Mechanical Properties
2205.09Solid Mechanics
3304.11Calculation System Design
3304.17Real time systems
3305.32Structures Engineering
3313.15Machine Design


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Research visits

Member Destination Advisor Duration
Manuel Gonzalez Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) Javier Garcia de Jalon 07/2001 - 09/2001
Manuel Gonzalez University of Illinois at Chicago (USA) Ahmed A. Shabana 07/2002 - 09/2002
Daniel Dopico Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) Juan Carlos Garcia Orden 01/2004 - 05/2004
Urbano Lugris Universidad de Sevilla (Spain) Juana Mayo 01/2005 - 03/2005
Daniel Dopico Politecnico di Milano (Italy) Carlo Bottasso 10/2005 - 12/2005
Urbano Lugris Universität Stuttgart (Germany) Peter Eberhard 04/2006 - 06/2006
Francisco Gonzalez Lappeenranta U. of Tech. (Finland) Aki Mikkola 08/2007 - 10/2007
Alberto Luaces Transilvania University of Brasov (Romania) Doru Talaba 04/2009 - 06/2009
Francisco Gonzalez Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA) Kurt Anderson 08/2009 - 09/2009
Roland Pastorino Universita degli Studi di Padova (Italy) Alberto Trevisani 11/2010 - 02/2011
Alberto Luaces University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) Dan Negrut 07/2013 - 08/2013
Amelia de la Prada IFREMER (France) Daniel Priour 09/2013 - 11/2013
Daniel Dopico Virginia Tech (USA) Adrian & Corina Sandu 07/2012 - 12/2013
Francisco Gonzalez McGill University (Canada) Jozsef Kovecses 07/2010 - 08/2014
Urbano Lugris University Duisburg-Essen (Germany) Andres Kecskemethy 06/2014 - 09/2014
Roland Pastorino KU Leuven (Belgium) Wim Desmet 09/2012 - 05/2015
Emilio Sanjurjo TU Delft (The Netherlands) Arend Schwab 02/2015 - 05/2015


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