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Welcome to the Dynamics of Mechanical Systems Research Group in the CT2M at the School of Engineering. Our mission is to conduct cutting edge research in high level computer analytical and graphical design and simulation applied in two fields of Mechanical Engineering: Analysis and Development in Biomechanics and Safety devices Design and Development.

For long time DSM Group conducts research and development in the fields of,

(i) conceptual design and performance analysis of mechanical components;

(ii) multibody kinematics and dynamics;

(iii) design of actuators, sensors and control of mechanical systems and processes; and

(iv) dynamic analysis of structures,

through the creation, development and use of resources on modelling, physical characterization, advanced information-driven and virtual simulation of mass dynamics and surface contacts, structural impact, fatigue and vibrational response, and systems actuation, control and monitoring.

A major thrust in our research efforts is being directed to the base competences of the Group and application to the complementary fields of,

1. mechanical systems (with a special focus on biomechanics):

1.1 development in replacement and reconstitution prosthetics and implants;

1.2 safe control and automation systems monitoring;

2. human safety:

2.1 design and development on crashworthiness structures;

2.2 analysis of biomodels trauma under extreme solicitations.



Depending on further developments and eventual external solicitations, several particular areas can become into focus, ranging from pedestrian accidents’ reconstitution to tribological specifications for artificial joint elements, from safety restraining devices to vibration induced fatigue on structures and biostrutures, from automotive crash analysis to solutions on handicap mobility problems.



Presently the Group is involved in national and foreign research consortium networks and also actively looking for support, integration and technology transfer opportunities at the industrial level encompassing the automotive, energy, biomedical, and life sciences sectors.


Technology transfer

In what concerns to commercial potential of final or on-going ideas and solutions will be explored, taking care of intellectual propriety safeguard and looking forward for industrial implementation by technology transfer or through nesting and incubation of spin-offs.


Advanced Courses

Taking advantage of its close relation with both Mechanical and Biomedical master courses at the University of Minho, the Group expects to improve dissemination of knowledge and skills that attracts under-graduates and graduate students from both fields. According to several current successful experiences, setup of collaborative projects engaging our students have brought positive societal and economical impact.



We invite you to navigate on our web site and to explore our on-going research projects, awards and scientific production.




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