The design of mechatronic machines and systems can currently exploit several sophisticated engineering tools, which are usually based on the integration of different up-to-date technologies. Therefore transversal skills are needed, ranging from the use of computer aided engineering (CAE) tools to the capability of performing experimental evaluations, which allow a quick comparison of the effectiveness of the different design solutions.


The study of mechanical vibrations is a key subject of  the field of machine mechanics. Vibration problems occur in general in mechanical systems subject to high dynamics motions or forces, such as unbalanced rotors, gearing, reciprocating mechanisms, spinning of shafts, etc.


Multi-body systems are mechanical systems consisting of several bodies, rigid or deformable, subject to relative movements due to the deformability of the links or to the presence of various types of kinematic pairs and relative constraints.


The presence of bodies with significant deformations during the operation complicates very much the study of mechanical systems, in comparison with the more conventional case of rigid body models. The Machine Mechanics team addresses this type of problems through the development of numerical models based on the use of commercial software tools or with the development of specific analytical models that are then solved numerically.