Research team 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:  9.40 VTE
Junior academic staff members:  0.00 VTE
Administrative and technical staff members: 7.90 VTE
Scientific staff members:83.20 VTE
Localisation in KU Leuven organigram

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.
DiRaMaP: Direct Rapid Manufacturing of Metallic and Ceramic (customised) Parts for industrial and Me...
SILASOL: New Silicon Materials for Solar Applications.
POM: Prognostics for Optimal Maintenance.
Dimensionele meettechnologie: waardegenerator in de productie.
Eco2-Cut: Ecological and Economical Machining.
Optimal point-to-point motion control of machine tools.   
Monitoring and control of process-material interaction in laser manufacturing processes.&nbsp...
From generic towards subject-specific musculoskeletal and musculotendon models for simulation of hum...
Modeling of complex time-varying dynamical systems.
New production technologies of complex 3D Micro-devices through multiprocess integration of ultra pr...
Smart Catheterization.
ESTOMAD. Energy Software Tools for Sustainable Machine Design.
Advanced training and research in Energy Efficient Smart Structures (ANTARES).
Resonance supported actuation of reciprocating mechanisms.
Characterisation of the spatial variability in the mechanical properties of textile composites by mu...
NEG CAll: Factories of the Future.
Autonomous manipulation using a flying robot.
Smart & Efficient - BHD research from subjective to objective operations.
High power 450 kV CT scanner for dimensional quality control.
Development, validation and commercial exploration of innovative body flexibility modeling and model...
DEMAT: A multi-technological approach for Dematerialising the production systems within a view of pr...
Systematic approach of the design and production of hydraulic microsystems.
Predictive ELID process for high-efficiency damage-free grinding.
State Estimation in Vehicle Component Models using Multibody Systems.
Finite-time tracking of robot manipulators under actuator saturation: theory and experiments.
3D Additive Manufacturing of Electrical and Electronic Applications.
Optimal design of repetitive and iterative learning controllers for systems with uncertain parameter...
Integrated framework for a cost-effective and ease of Repair, Renovation and Re-use of machine tools...
Vermoeiingsanalyse van proefstukken die vervaardigd zijn met laagsgewijze productietechnieken.
Minimizing Defects in Micro-Manufacturing Applications.
HI-MICRO - High Precision Micro Production Technologies.
Application of efficient wave based prediction techniques for poroelastic media.
Design sensitivity analysis for vibro-acoustic analysis in the mid-frequange using the wave based me...
Robotics Coordination Action for Europe. 
OPTIWIND: serviceability OPTImisation of the next generation offshore WIND turbines.
SUPERPANELS: Strengthening and Upholding the Performances of the new Engineered Research PANELS.
FlowAirS: Silent air flows in transport, buildings and power generation.
ALARM: Low noise design methodology for rotating machines.
IDEALVENT: Integrated design of optimal ventilation systems for low cabin and ramp noise.

Bewegingsherkenning van onvervormbare lichamen gebruiik makend van een invariante bewegingsbeschrijv...
TIRE-DYN: Experimental and Numerical Analyses of the Dynamic Behavior of Rolling Tires in order to I...
ANADE: Advances in Numerical and Analytical tools for DEtached flow prediction.   &nb...
Autonomous active vibration control and structural health monitoring.
Integratie van piëzoelektrische en vibro-akoestische modellen voor verbeterd virtueel producton...
De tele-chirurg.
Metamaterials for vibro-acoustic attenuation
Enabling power supply for zero-damage micro-EDM machining

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

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

A multidisciplinary approach to the development of an active aerostatic spindle with nanometer accur...
CAE methodologies for Mid-Frequency analysis in vibration and acoustics.
Efficient simulation methodologies to cope with variability and uncertainty in mid-frequency dynamic...
European Robotics Coordination action.
INTERACTIVE: INnovative concept modelling TEchniques for multi-attRibute optimization of ACTIve VEhi...
Establishing and Transferring Enabling Technology for New Micro-surgical Therapies – application to ...
MIRAD - An integrated Methodology to bring Intelligent Robotic Assistive Devices to the user.
PAM: the Physics of Acoustic Materials.
Fundamental investigations into high-precision computed tomography of multi-material objects in view...
Master of engineering in Sound & Vibration.
HEV-NVH: A new generation of NVH methods for hybrid and electric vehicles.
MODRIO: MOdel DRIven physical system Operation.
IMESCON – Innovative Methods of Separated Flow Control in Aeronautics.

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

Global real-time optimal control of autonomous robot and mechatronic systems.   ...
EMVeM: Energy efficiency Management for Vehicles and Machines.
Advanced STRuctural Acoustics for lightweight structures and Advanced materials.
COST TU1105 – NVH analysis techniques for design and optimization of hybrid and electric vehicles.
GRESIMO: Best Training for Green and Silent Mobility.

Additive manufacturing of engineering ceramics.

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

Multi-axial fatigue analysis of additive manufactured materials.

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

Advanced hybrid approaches for dynamic load identification on lifetime critical components in r...
Vesalius Dynamical Platform: Prototypes and Interfaces for Minimal Invasive surgery .
BioMeTIOm : Bio-Medical Applications of Incremental Forming
Advanced modeling for the next-generation of compressor designs.
Development of a general framework for precise control of continuum robots and application to endova...
MARE-WINT: new MAterials and REliability in offshore WINd Turbines technology.
Bayesioan estimation techniques, probabilistic relation models, higher-level knowledge representatio...
Added-Value Manufacturing
BATWOMAN: Basic Acoustics Training - & Workprogram On Methodologies for Acoustics - Network...
Effect simulation methodologies to cope with variability and uncertainty in mid-frequency dynamic an...
Numerical methods for accurate auralisation and evaluation of the binaural human perception of broad...
Introduction of new Master program and Doctoral courses in Mechatronics in Uzbekistan.
TEMPO - Training in Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization.
ENLIGHT: ENhanced LIGHTweight design.
ALIVE: Advanced high volume affordable LIghtweighting for future electric VEhicles.
Verbeterde test en toestandsbewaking strategieën door combinatie van metingen en virtuele model...
Precision micro manufacturing technologies for advanced engineering application.
MBSE4Mechatronics: Model based System Engineering methodology for mechatronic systems. 
DEMETRA: DEsign of MEchanical TRAnsmissions: Efficiency, Noise and Durability Optimization.
Active resonant metamaterials as a robust and adaptive lightweight solution of noise control enginee...
CargoCopter: optimized design and control of a vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle...
MNVH: Design and analysis of the NVH behavior of lightweight panel and material systems using advanc...
 eLiQuiD - Best engineering training in electric, lightweight and quiet driving.

Effective Structural Health Monitoring with additive manufacturing (eSHM with AM).
Image-guided intrauterine minimally invasive fetal diagnosis and therapy.
Novel condition monitoring and control for reliable operations of offshore wind turbines.
B-spline based certificates of positivity with applications in engineering.

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


Efficiënte trajectplanning voor AGV
Bewegingsherkenning van onvervormbare lichamen gebruik makend van een invariante bewegingsbeschrijvi...
Embedded optimization for motion control
ANADE project - Implementation of a High Order Linearized Euler Equations Solver to Describe Noise P...
Advanced Optimal and Robust Design Methods for Spatial Distributed Active Damping Systems
Development and Validation of Hybrid FE-SEA Simulation Techniques for Mid-Frequency Vibro-Acoustics
Online route optimization for complex mechatronic systems.
Numerical modelling of the cryogenic chill down facility
Onderzoek naar gevordere productie en controleprocessen
Characterisation of acoustic liner impedance in representative turbofan engine flight environment
Flow induced vibrations in smart lightweight panels
Damage-free workpiece gripping technology for micromanufacturing of optical elements
Constraint-based intelligent control of a bilateral lower-limb exoskeleton.
FlowAirS (Silent Air Flows in transport, building and power generation)
Interval approaches to include non-determinism in midfrequency vibro-acoustic models.
Sensor-based Shared Control Approaches for Robot-Assisted Vitreo-retinal Surgery
Bayesian networks for multi-dimensional waveform recognition, applied to human motion estimation and...
Hybrid methodologies for vehicle dynamics system simulation
Multi-sensor motion capture via fusion of vision and inertial sensors
Influence of Variability of natural Fibers on mechanical Properties for long short Fiber filled and ...
Optimal control of pneumatic motion systems
Model Based Engineering for hard real-time machine control and robotics
Prognostic on machine elements
Development of an artificial optical skin based on phtonic crystal fibers
Actieve 2-poort modellering voor de aëro-akoestische karakterisatie van industriële uitlaa...
Models for the Design of Multi-Functional Material Configurations
Aeroacoustic Noise Source Identification
Development of advanced motion control algorithms for industrial servo controllers.
Integratie van model predictive controle in het ontwikkelingstraject van voertuigen
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
Eigenbeweging- en configuratiebepaling bij flexibele, encoderloze robots op basis van visuele inform...
Quality improvement in additive manufacturing
Development of time estimation models for die sinking EDM
Reduction techniques for smart vibro-acoustic system models
hip orthosis
Haptic feedback with active contstraints in MIS
Effect of non-uniform mean flow on tail pipe noise radiation of exhaust mufflers
A framework for advanced quantitative measurements in the clinical workflow for movement disorders.
Samenstelbare software voor robots: implementatie van bewegingsbeperkte hybriede dynamica op basis v...
Influence of Parameter Uncertainties on the Dynamic Behaviour of Honeycomb Sandwich Panels
Non-contact dimensional measuring techniques
Fatigue Damage Modelling of Fibre-Reinforced Composite Materials
3D Micro Additive Manufacturing
Process Planning for Economical and Ecological Machining
Active Sensing for Object Localisation using Embedded Robot Sensors
Experimental studies of hypersonic laminar to turbulent boundary layer transition in a high Enthalpy...
Efficient vibro-acoustic simulations using isogeometric analysis and its hybrid coupling with the wa...
Development of accelerated durability tests for large mechanical components based on scaling laws
Ontwikkeling en validatie van systeem-niveau modelreductietechnieken voor real-time multibody-simula...
Piezoelectric nanomotors.
Integration of damping in wave based simulation models for mid-frequency vibro-acoustic analysis and...
Smart structures modeling and model order reduction techniques for feasible distributed active dampi...
Numerieke methodes voor de accurate voorspelling van de menselijke perceptie van akoestische emissie...
implementation of a high order linearized Euler equations solver to describe noise propagation
Micro-Mechano-Electrochemical Milling
Wind turbine gearbox noise assessment by means of optimized test-rig measurement methodology
Marie Curie ESR position in the eLiQuiD project - Dynamic source modelling of electric vehicle compo...
Opstellen van een flexibel dynamisch multibody model voor een windturbinetandwielkast
Gedeelde controle bij een mobiele manipulator
Optimalisatie en versnellen van SLM
Interative Learning Control for Multi-Variable Systems
Mobile Manipulators in Dynamic Environments: Control Design and Experimental Validation
Structural tyre noise reduction through optimized tyre structure design
Design and control of continuum robots for minimal invasive surgical applications
Multi-assig ultrasoon bewerken van keramische componenten.
Large Area Tactile and Kinaesthetic Display System for Remote Palpation
Ontwikkeling van hogesnelheidsluchtlagers voor hogetemperatuurtoepassingen
Optimalisatie van een quadrotor naar maximale autonomie
eLiQuiD - Best engineering training in electric, lightweight and quiet driving
High-precision micro-EDM process and technologies
Tool Path Planning and Generation for Multi-Axis Milling
Acoustic Impedance and Propagation Analysis of Flow-Acoustic Instabilities
Adaptronic Elements for Active Control of Mechatronic Systems
Novel Simulation Techniques for Vibro-acoustic Analysis of Lightweight Structures
Effective mid-frequency trim design for automotive application
Precision manufacturing for new and better products.
Plug-in adaptronic modules for dynamic errror compensation in high performance machines
Design of a flapping wing Micro Air Vehicle
Design and analysis of micro-accelerometers
Development of an ultra-precision measurement system for machine tools.
Autonome manipulatietaken met een vliegende robot
Electrical bicycle use:safety and mobility impact monitoring and modeling
Development of Hybrid Components using Additive Manufacturing 

Thermo-mechanical study of hot spot related reliability issues in advanced IC packaging
Aeroacoustic design and analysis of advanced light-weight liner configurations for sound attenuation...
Non-linear model based control
Identificatie van de parameters van het spier-pees model voor simulatie van menselijke beweging
Iteratief lerende controle voor sterk niet-lineaire systemen
A mechatronic analysis of teleoperation for surgical applications.
Design of a metrological atomic force microscope.
Quality improvement of textile composites by characterisation of the spatial variability in the mech...
Modelling of Damage in Wind Turbine Blades
"Development of a fuzzy finite-element method for static analysis"
Global identification methods for linear parameter varying (LPV) systems
Optimal Robot Path Tracking
. (joint PhD with USP)
Integrated electro-mechanical wind-farm design and cost reduction accounting for atmospheric variabi...
Assistance-as-needed for assistive robotic devices based on a real-time computation of the capabilit...
Adaptive and Learning OPtimal Control of Mechatronic Systems
Nauwkeurigheid van industriële computer tomografie voor dimensionele kwaliteitscontrole
Pneumatic and Hydraulic Microactuators: Research and Development.
Non-modal model reduction schemes for vibro-acoustic simulation
Vibro-acoustic Analysis of Lightweight Structures
Learning control of mechatronic systems
PhD Jonathan Tournadre
Dynamic and semantic world models for distributed mobile manipulation robots
Efficient Multibody Simulations of Three-Dimensional Gear Contact

Strategy for model updating based on experimental data from drive train test facility
Structural health of dynamically loaded adhesive joints for aeronautics applications
Selective Laser Melting of advanced materials
Additive manufacturing van kermaische componenten
Electrical discharge machineable ceramic composites
Microvalves for high-performance micro-cooling
Ontwerp en bouw van een snelle uitleescamera en het focaal vlak voor de Mercator telescoop en voor d...
Combining acoustic sensor data with physical models for virtual sensing in dynamic and mechatronic s...
Design and implementation of a low cost attitude determination and control system with novel star tr...
System-level flexible multibody modelling for accurate bearing load assessment in industrial machine...
Hybrid coupling of element, wave and energy based prediction techniques for broadband structural dyn...
Development of meta-models in view of vehicle energy efficiency analysis
Improved Periprosthetic Fixation of Orthopedic Implants Using Novel SLM Techniques.
Ontwerp van een ultra-precieze ELID-slijpmachine
Vibro-Acoustic Simulation in e-motors
Real-Time Moving Horizon Estimation for Advanced Motion Control
Active machine elements for ultra-precision applications
Advanced manufacturing technologies for ceramic materials
Design of tuned lightweight metamaterials for broadband sound transmission and sound absorption.
Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) for Mechatronic Systems
control of an autonomous flying manipulator
The effect of body flexibility on vehicle dynamics behaviour
Actuators for microfluidics with capillary forces
Experimental Modal Analysis and System Identification Using Dynamic Strain Measurements
Development of a precision active aerostatic spindle
Investigation into Energy-optimal Bearing Systems: an Integrated Approach
Relcom: Reliable Combustion
Design of robust feedback controllers for linear paramater varying (LPV) systems
Use of high-fidelity physical models in coupled state/input/parameter estimation of mechatronic syst...
Smart Adaprive Algorithms and Virtual Sensing Techniques for Acoustic State Estimation
Development of a method for identification and localization of damages in impacted composite structu...
Advanced physical models for the monitoring and control of mechatronic drive trains.
Stochastic Wave Based Formulation for the Vibro-Acoustic Analysis of Structures with Uncertainties ...
Energy Efficiency Analysis of Mechanical Components
On the use of a combined numerical/experimental approach for dynamic health monitoring of mechatroni...
Coupled state/input/parameter estimation for automotive applications
Simulation and experimental validation of drive train loads for offshore specific conditions.
Rapid manufacturing van metaal- en keramiekcomponenten
A novel methodology for complete noise spectrum solution of combination of wave methods and ray-trac...
Modelgebaseerde toestands- en parameterschatting van het hoogdynamisch gedrag van hogesnelheidsweefm...
Ontwikkeling van een modelleerplatform voor performantieanalyse van gesloten kring systemen in voert...
Highly accurate, fast, and powerful multi mode piezo positioning systems to support manufacturing of...
Precision Ultrasonic Assisted ELID-Grinding of Advanced Materials
System level simulation of drivetrains by advance gear contact techniques
Optimal point-to-point motion control of machine tools
Advanced control of complex multi-variable systems
Cutting fundamentals of a new wafering technology
Nauwkeurigheid van industriële computer tomografie voor dimensionele meettechniek
Systematic Approach to CT equipment calibration.
Ontwerp en prodcutie van scaffolds voor tissue enginee
The use of a Wave Based prediction method for mid-frequency vibro-acoustic analysis of industrially ...
Modelling and testing of the dynamic vibration behavior of metallic structures covered with VE mater...
Novel SMA composites and integration into Microsystems
Smart vibro-acoustic lightweight panels and structures
Development of an integrated design environment for energy efficient drive lines in machines
Optimale controle van verankerde vliegtuigen
virtual prototyping for vibro-acoustic assessment of windturbine drivetrains
Methodology to perform numerical simulation for vibration analysis in the mid-high frequency range o...
Optimization of the Accuracy of Industrial Computer Tomography for Dimensional Metrology of Multi-ma...
Reduction of gear vibrations in mechanical transmission by active control methods
eLiQuiD project - Design of multi-material joints/structures
Advanced Modelling Techniques for Spiral Bevel and Hypoid Gears
Selectief Laser Smelten voor metaalsoorten
Development and validation of a wave based technique for forward and inverse simulation of vibro-aco...

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...
Modelling and experimental identification of mechatronic systems: robots and machine tools.
Expertise DESMET WIM

  • numerieke simulatie van structuurdynamische en vibro-akoestische systemen met inbegrip van s...
    Expertise LAUWERS BERT
    Advanced Manufacturing Processes: 

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