Department of Mechanical Engineering

Control and Actuation

Multi-axis shaker table (MAST) rigOur research improves the motion control of a wide range of electromechanical and hydraulic systems. We have undertaken research into adaptive and robust control of hydraulically actuated systems in many application areas.

We have applied an adaptive control strategy to the Centre’s multi-axis shaker table (MAST), allowing improved tracking despite cross-axis interaction. We also research the control of magnetic bearing systems, which have many advantages over passive bearings, including:

  • higher operating speeds
  • no wear under normal operation
  • the ability to control rotor position and transmitted force
  • the elimination of lubrication supply systems.

Many control and actuation projects are for aerospace and automotive applications.

Rotor/magnetic bearing system test rigCurrent projects

Recently completed projects