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Multibody system dynamics

The Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (LIM) is specialized in the computer simulation of mobile mechanical systems, which is based on the discipline known as multibody system dynamics. Basic research in this discipline is always a line of the laboratory, since there is no method that allows all problems to be solved, but each new problem usually presents peculiarities that require new research. Thus, it is essential to contemplate the different components of the method in an integral way, since each one of them influences the others: modeling, choice of coordinates, formulation of the equations of motion, numerical integration, programming. The challenge is greater the greater the detail required in the model (flexibility of the elements, contact and impact phenomena, control, multiphysics -electricity, hydraulics, thermodynamics, etc.-) or when optimization problems are addressed.

Multibody system dynamics finds application in all those sectors that present mobile mechanical systems. The LIM focuses on practical applications in the automotive, biomechanical, machinery, and maritime fields. Computer simulation is complemented by the development of physical prototypes and experimentation when the projects so require.

Listed below are applications in which the LIM works or has worked in the sectors mentioned:

Control of ground vehicles Automotive
  • Vehicle multibody models
  • Observers of states, forces and parameters based on multibody models of vehicles: virtual sensors
  • Vehicle monitoring
  • Vehicle controllers
  • Digital twins of vehicles or components
  • Component test benches
  • Simulation of real tests
Biomechanics of the human motion Biomechanics
  • Complete or partial multibody models of the human body, at the skeletal, musculo-skeletal, or neuro-musculo-skeletal level
  • Analysis of human and animal motion
  • Exoskeleton analysis
  • Active orthoses for gait assistance
  • Biomechanical sensorization
3D environment for the simulation and control of vehicles Machinery
  • Excavator simulators
  • Crane simulators
  • Forklift simulators
  • Simulators of ...
Oceanic and naval applications Maritime
  • Simulation of the behavior of fishing nets and gear in the sea
  • Fishing net tests
  • Simulation of maneuvers on surface ships or submarines
  • Simulation of marine energy harnessing systems

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
David Vilela Universität Bremen (Germany) Gabriel Zachmann 02/2017 - 04/2017
Antonio Rodriguez KU Leuven (Belgium) Wim Desmet 01/2017 - 05/2017
Francisco Mouzo Hamburg University of Technology (Germany) Robert Seifried 04/2017 - 06/2017
Francisco Gonzalez McGill University (Canada) Jozsef Kovecses 07/2017 - 04/2018
Florian Michaud Rice University (USA) Benjamin J. Fregly 03/2018 - 07/2018
Daniel Dopico Virginia Tech (USA) Adrian & Corina Sandu 06/2018 - 09/2018
Antonio Rodriguez Siemens Industry Software (Belgium) Roland Pastorino 07/2018 - 09/2018
Francisco Gonzalez McGill University (Canada) Jozsef Kovecses 09/2018 - 10/2018
Francisco Gonzalez Siemens Industry Software (Belgium) Roland Pastorino 07/2019 - 08/2019
Borja Rodriguez Frade Universita degli Studi di Padova (Italy) Alberto Trevisani 01/2021 - 04/2021
Alvaro Lopez Varela Universite de Liege (Belgium) Olivier Bruls 08/2021 - 10/2021
Sarath K. Karumathil Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) Barry O'Neill 09/2021 - 12/2021
Francisco Bottero niversita degli Studi di Parma (Italy) Alessandro Tasora 09/2022 - 12/2022


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