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Research Themes

The focus of the research is on the design, the analysis, the optimization and the development of intelligent machines with specific regard to structural mechanics, dynamical response and mechatronic integration. Key areas of investigation are the following:

  • product design and development
  • structural adhesives and joint design
  • shape memory alloys
  • magnetorheological fluids and elastomers
  • piezoelectric materials
  • energy harvesting systems
  • auxetic metamaterials
  • smart composites
  • advanced finite element modelling
  • viscolelastic thermomechanical modelling
  • biomedical devices design
  • reliability of industrial equipment
  • design of experiment
  • quality function deployment

The activity of the group is funded by research grants earned from local and national governmental bodies and by research contracts signed with national and international companies.