Department of Mechanical Engineering

Robotics, mechatronics and systems

Mechatronics studentThe rigorous analysis and incorporation of component and system characteristics into integrated system simulation models is crucial to the design of complex machines.

Simulation is vital to confirming underlying assumptions about dynamic behaviour, and forms the basis of design improvements.

Required behaviour is sometimes best achieved through changes in the mechanical, hydraulic, electrical systems or control code. Because of this, improvements need a systems approach. This approach also supports the design of more intelligent machines, robots, and autonomous systems.

We have developed a method for the automated generation and analysis of design variants of a dynamic system, given some desired dynamic specifications. It takes advantage of the unified representation of dynamic systems provided by bond graph techniques combined with systems inversion and genetic algorithms.

 

Hydraulic robot leg

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