Welcome to the Multibody and Mechatronic Systems Lab in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liège.

We develop modelling tools for the analysis, control and optimization of mechanical systems, with applications in the fields of robotics, deployable space structures and biomechanics. These modelling tools are implemented in various finite element engineering software packages.

Our main objective is to capture nonlinear phenomena in system-level models. These nonlinear phenomena can be attributed to highly flexible nonlinear components (cables, rods, shells), nonsmooth contact interactions, nonlinear kinematics, or non-mechanical components (actuators, sensors and control units). Specific research topics include

  • geometric methods in multibody system dynamics and unified formulations for rigid bodies, beams, shells, kinematic joints and superelements,
  • numerical methods in nonsmooth contact dynamics,
  • modelling and simulation of mechatronic and multiphysics systems,
  • optimization methods and sensitivity analysis for structural and control design.

Experimental studies are performed at the Robotics and Automation Laboratory and at the Laboratory of Human Motion Analysis.

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