Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section

Person in chargeDescriptionProjectsDoctoral projectsExpertisesNederlands

Person in charge:
Prof. dr. ir. Swevers Jan

Research team:
Senior academic staff members: 10.45 VTE
Junior academic staff members:  0.00 VTE
Administrative and technical staff members: 5.40 VTE
Scientific staff members:96.70 VTE
Localisation in KU Leuven organogram

Research team description: Top

PRODUCTION PROCESSES : Influence of machining processes on material properties (grinding, EDM). Filament winding of composites. Electro-discharge machining (wire-EDM and sinking). Five-axis milling. Rapid prototyping (stereolithography Selective laser sintering and other material accretion manufacturing. MACHINE DESIGN : Design of externally pressurized hydrostatic and aerostatic bearings. Design of multi-component force-torque sensors for robotics and automotive applications. Design of tactile sensors for object recognition. Design of a grain flow meter. Nonlinear static analysis with finite element method. STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS : Experimental and numerical methods for vibration analysis. Optimization of dynamic models. Life time estimation of dynamically loaded structures. Study of non-linearities in mechanical structures. Holographical vibration measurement. Experimental and numerical methods for vibration analysis. Linear and nonlinear finite element analysis. Fatigue prediction. Finite element model updating. Optimaldesign. Boundary element analysis. Intelligent mesh generation. Active vibration control. ACOUSTICS AND NOISE ABATEMENT : finite element and boundary element analysis. Active noise cancellation. Dominant noise source identification in transport vehicles. Experimental and numerical methods for noise analysis. Active noise and vibration control. CAM/CAD/CIM : CAD interfaces. CAD modelling from physical workpiece. Die and mould design. CAM for five axes milling. CAD/CAPP/CAM for EDM. CAD/CAM software for rapid prototyping. Development of a FMS-cell controller. Flexible process planning systems (CAPP). CAD-based programming of FMS. Reactive scheduling and real-time control of flexible assembly systems. ROBOTICS/MECHATRONICS : SImulation/development of sensor- controlled robots. Calibration of robots. Advance robot control systems. Development of a generic flexible assembly cell. Control of flexible robots/structures. Electrical steering system for cars. Compliant motion control and task specification. High level off-line robot programming. Control and navigation of mobile robots. Design of motion control systems. System identi-fication. Analysis of mechanisms. METROLOGY : Measurement of free-form surfaces on CMM. 3D-metrology. Surface roughness measurements. Robot metrology. Calibration of coordinate measuring machines (CMM).>

Research projects of research team Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section


Research and valorisation of micro and precision technology.
Smart Catheterization.
Optimal design of repetitive and iterative learning controllers for systems with uncertain parameter...
High power 450 kV CT scanner for dimensional quality control.
IMESCON – Innovative Methods of Separated Flow Control in Aeronautics.
Efficient simulation methodologies to cope with variability and uncertainty in mid-frequency dynamic...
A multidisciplinary approach to the development of an active aerostatic spindle with nanometer accur...
Effective Structural Health Monitoring with additive manufacturing (eSHM with AM).
GRESIMO: Best Training for Green and Silent Mobility.

FlowAirS: Silent air flows in transport, buildings and power generation.
ANADE: Advances in Numerical and Analytical tools for DEtached flow prediction.   &nb...
INTERACTIVE: INnovative concept modelling TEchniques for multi-attRibute optimization of ACTIve VEhi...
MARE-WINT: new MAterials and REliability in offshore WINd Turbines technology.
 eLiQuiD - Best engineering training in electric, lightweight and quiet driving.

Development of a general framework for precise control of continuum robots and application to endova...

Resonance supported actuation of reciprocating mechanisms.
Bewegingsherkenning van onvervormbare lichamen gebruiik makend van een invariante bewegingsbeschrijv...
EMVeM: Energy efficiency Management for Vehicles and Machines.
MIRAD - An integrated Methodology to bring Intelligent Robotic Assistive Devices to the user.
ENLIGHT: ENhanced LIGHTweight design.
ALIVE: Advanced high volume affordable LIghtweighting for future electric VEhicles.
OPTIWIND: serviceability OPTImisation of the next generation offshore WIND turbines.
SHERPA: Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activitie...
Vesalius Dynamical Platform: Prototypes and Interfaces for Minimal Invasive surgery .
ALARM: Low noise design methodology for rotating machines.
IDEALVENT: Integrated design of optimal ventilation systems for low cabin and ramp noise.
BATWOMAN: Basic Acoustics Training - & Workprogram On Methodologies for Acoustics - Network...

Efficient theoretical and numerical prediction techniques for the design and dynamic...

Development of on-line coupled state/input/parameter estimation techniques for flexi...

EASE-R3: Integrated framework for a cost-effective and ease of Repair, Renovation and Re-use of mach...
MODRIO: MOdel DRIven physical system Operation.
COST TU1105 – NVH analysis techniques for design and optimization of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Advanced modeling for the next-generation of compressor designs.
DEMETRA: DEsign of MEchanical TRAnsmissions: Efficiency, Noise and Durability Optimization.
Robotics Coordination Action for Europe. 

Additive manufacturing of engineering ceramics.

Large area tactile and kinaesthetic display system for virtual reality palpation.

Study and development of an integrated system identification and control design appr...

Characterisation and modelling of the variability of mechanical properties of natura...

Metamaterials for vibro−acoustic attenuation
MBSE4Mechatronics: Model based System Engineering methodology for mechatronic systems. 
Effect simulation methodologies to cope with variability and uncertainty in mid-frequency dynamic an...
Advanced hybrid approaches for dynamic load identification on lifetime critical components in rotati...
Added-Value Manufacturing
BioMeTIOm : Bio-Medical Applications of Incremental Forming
Introduction of new Master program and Doctoral courses in Mechatronics in Uzbekistan.
Active resonant metamaterials as a robust and adaptive lightweight solution in noise control enginee...
Image-guided intrauterine minimally invasive fetal diagnosis and therapy.
Establishing and Transferring Enabling Technology for New Micro-surgical Therapies – application to ...

Multi-axial fatigue analysis of additive manufactured materials.

Advanced training and research in Energy Efficient Smart Structures (ANTARES).
TEMPO - Training in Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization.
FOCUS: Factory of the Future Clusters

MNVH: Design and analysis of the NVH behavior of lightweight panel and material systems using advanc...
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Verbeterde test en toestandsbewaking strategieën door combinatie van metingen en virtuele model...
Precision micro manufacturing technologies for advanced engineering application.
DeMoPreCI-MDT:  Development, Monitoring and Prediction of Coupled Interactions in Material Dura...
B-spline based certificates of positivity with applications in engineering.
CargoCopter: optimized design and control of a vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle...
Novel condition monitoring and control for reliable operations of offshore wind turbines.
AMPRODCHAIN: Integrated production chain for Additive Manufacturing of structural applications in po...
NONWOVEN: Self-reinforced & Hybrid nonwoven materials for novel lightweight and cost-effici...
MICROMAN: European Training Network on "Process Fingerprint for Zero-defect Net-shape MICROMANufactu...
Biomimetic ciliary propulsion using flexible pneumatic microactuators
Development of an integrated modelling approach to study the interaction between joint contact geome...
High-speed air-bearing systems through active damping
VIPER: VIbro-acoustics of PERiodic Media

Ontwikkeling van een hoge-nauwkeurigheid, compacte sterrensensor.

SSeMID: Stability and Sensitivity Methods for Industrial Design
ITEAM: Interdisciplinary Training Network in Multi-Actuated Ground Vehicles

Vermoeiing en kruip van laagsgewijs opgebouwde materialen
Precision micro electrical discharge machining (EDM) for complicated 3D s.
Flanders Make SBO IMALIGHT: Integration and manufacturability aspects of lightweight structures expl...
IWT O&O ECO-POWERTRAIN: Innovative NVH Testing and Simulation Methods for Eco-efficient Powertra...
EVIT_ICON: Model-based experimental-virtual testing
Flanders Make ICON VIBMON : Cost-effective vibroacoustic monitoring
Flanders Make ICON VIDESPRO: Virtual Design Platform for sheet material products

MoForM: Model based force measurements
EMODO: Efficient model based design parameter exploration and optimization in mechatronics
TUMULT: turbulent flow noise modeling for under- and upperbody load and transmission analysis

Doctoral projects of research team Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section


* Development of Process Planning Tools for EDM Operations
Actieve 2-poort modellering voor de aëro-akoestische karakterisatie van industriële uitlaa...
Damage-free workpiece gripping technology for micromanufacturing of optical elements
Nauwkeurigheid van industriële computer tomografie voor dimensionele meettechniek
Development of an artificial optical skin based on phtonic crystal fibers
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Quality improvement in additive manufacturing
* Characterisation of acoustic liner impedance in representative turbofa engine flight environment
3D Micro Additive Manufacturing
Composable and Embeddable Software Design for Robotic and Cyber PhysicalSystems
Process Planning for Economical and Ecological Machining
Development of an ultra-precision measurement system for machine tools.
Design and implementation of a low cost attitude determination and control system with novel star tr...
Investigation of the Accuracy of an X-ray CT Scanner for Dimensional Metrology with the Aid of Simul...
Non-contact dimensional measuring techniques
Quasi-static and Fatigue Delamination Characterisation for Carbon Fibre ced Woven Laminates: Investi...
Optimalisatie en versnellen van SLM
Aeroacoustic design and analysis of advanced light-weight liner configurations for sound attenuation...
Structural tyre noise reduction through optimized tyre structure design
Precision manufacturing for new and better products.
High-efficiency Precision Micro Electrical Discharge Machining Technology
Online Coordination and Composition of Robotic Skills: Formal Models forContext-aware Task Schedulin...
* Model Based Control of Complex Mechatronic Systems
Large Area Tactile and Kinaesthetic Display System for Remote Palpation
Interative Learning Control for Multi-Variable Systems
Efficient Multibody Simulations of Three-Dimensional Gear Contact
Efficient vibro-acoustic simulations using isogeometric analysis and its hybrid coupling with the wa...
Interval approaches to include non-determinism in midfrequency vibro-acoustic models.
ANADE project - Implementation of a High Order Linearized Euler Equations Solver to Describe Noise P...
Optimalisatie van een quadrotor naar maximale autonomie
Reliability Analysis of Wind Turbine Blades
FlowAirS (Silent Air Flows in transport, building and power generation)
eLiQuiD - Best engineering training in electric, lightweight and quiet driving
System-level flexible multibody modelling for accurate bearing load assessment in industrial machine...
Wind turbine gearbox noise assessment by means of optimized test-rig measurement methodology
* Structural health of dynamically loaded adhesive joints for aeronautic applications *
Electrical bicycle use:safety and mobility impact monitoring and modeling
Design and Control of Continuum Robots for Minimal Invasive Surgical Applications
implementation of a high order linearized Euler equations solver to describe noise propagation
Effective mid-frequency trim design for automotive application
Advanced physical models for the monitoring and control of mechatronic drive trains.
Marie Curie ESR position in the eLiQuiD project - Dynamic source modelling of electric vehicle compo...
Ontwikkeling van hogesnelheidsluchtlagers voor hogetemperatuurtoepassingen
A framework for advanced quantitative measurements in the clinical workflow for movement disorders.
Integrated electro-mechanical wind-farm design and cost reduction accounting for atmospheric variabi...
Dynamic and semantic world models for distributed mobile manipulation robots
Novel Simulation Techniques for Vibro-acoustic Analysis of Lightweight Structures
Global identification methods for linear parameter varying (LPV) systems
Use of high-fidelity physical models in coupled state/input/parameter estimation of mechatronic syst...

Operational Modal Analysis Challenges in Case of Rotating

Strain-Based Experimental Modal Analysis: Advances in Theory and Practice
Selective Laser Melting of advanced materials
Additive manufacturing van kermaische componenten
Ontwikkeling van een modelleerplatform voor performantieanalyse van gesloten kring systemen in voert...
Constraint-based intelligent control of a bilateral lower-limb exoskeleton.
Combining acoustic sensor data with physical models for virtual sensing in dynamic and mechatronic s...
Bewegingsherkenning van onvervormbare lichamen gebruik makend van een invariante bewegingsbeschrijvi...
Actuators for microfluidics with capillary forces
Coupled state/input/parameter estimation for automotive applications
Systematic Approach to CT equipment calibration.
Development of meta-models in view of vehicle energy efficiency analysis
* Simulation and experimental validation of drive train loads for offsho specific conditions.
On the use of a combined numerical/experimental approach for dynamic health monitoring of mechatroni...
Optimization of mechatronics models for Electric Vehicle Systems
SHM System for Composite Aeronautic Structures using Combination of Different Methods: A Contributio...
Smart Adaprive Algorithms and Virtual Sensing Techniques for Acoustic State Estimation
Precision Ultrasonic Assisted ELID-Grinding of Advanced Materials
Active machine elements for ultra-precision applications
Assistance-as-needed for assistive robotic devices based on a real-time computation of the capabilit...
Design of tuned lightweight metamaterials for broadband sound transmission and sound absorption.
Investigation into Energy-optimal Bearing Systems: an Integrated Approach
Advanced control of complex multi-variable systems
Modelgebaseerde toestands- en parameterschatting van het hoogdynamisch gedrag van hogesnelheidsweefm...
A novel methodology for complete noise spectrum solution of combination of wave methods and ray-trac...
Vibro-Acoustic Simulation in e-motors
Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) for Mechatronic Systems
System level simulation of drivetrains by advance gear contact techniques
Flow induced vibrations in smart lightweight panels
Development of an Integrated Design Environment for Energy Efficient Drive Lines in Machines
Virtual Sensing for Dynamic Wheel Force Identification
Adaptive and Learning OPtimal Control of Mechatronic Systems
Sensor-based Shared Control Approaches for Robot-Assisted Vitreo-retinal Surgery
Smart structures modeling and model order reduction techniques for feasible distributed active dampi...
Smart vibro-acoustic lightweight panels and structures
Advanced Optimal and Robust Design Methods for Spatial Distributed Active Damping Systems
Advanced Modelling Techniques for Spiral Bevel and Hypoid Gears
Influence of Variability of natural Fibers on mechanical Properties for long short Fiber filled and ...
Development of Model Order Reduction Techniques for Mechatronic System Models in Inverse Problems
Prediction of Tire/Road Interaction to Optimize Tire/Road Noise and Rolling Resistance
Clinical translation of robot-assisted microsurgery
Dynamic Analysis of Material Systems for Enhanced System NVH Performance
Influence of Processing Conditions on the Selective Laser Sintering of Polymers
Efficient Computational Techniques for the Aeroacoustics of Wind Turbines
Virtual sensor approaches for estimating forces in transport system applications
Solving Robot Grasping Problems with Constraint-based Optimization Methods
Kwaliteitsverbetering bij laser additief en laster subtractief bewerken
* Rapid Deployment of Learnable Skills in Industrial Robot Manipulation Tasks
Accelerated IsoGeometric Boundary Element Methods for Acoustic Analysis
Reconfigurable Autonomous Sensor-based Robot Manipulation Skills
Model-based distributed sensor fusion for MAGV state and parameter estimation
Experimental study of cavitating flow and fluid hammer in cryogenic conditions.
Structural Analysis of Structures and Simulation of Wire and Cable Dynamics for Overhead Contact Lin...

Expertises of research team Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section :Top

- Manufacturing complex free-forms surfaces and shapes ("sculptured surfaces") - Manufactering compl...
Design and application of robot hands Tactile sensing systems Applications of shape memory alloys Ap...
Analysis and modelling of structural behaviour of components: stresses, deformations, fatigue lite e...
Expertise DESMET WIM

  • numerieke simulatie van structuurdynamische en vibro-akoestische systemen met inbegrip van s...
    Expertise SWEVERS JAN
    Modelling and experimental identification of mechatronic systems: robots and machine tools.
    Expertise LAUWERS BERT
    Advanced Manufacturing Processes: 

    • High-speed milling...
Research team number: 50000511