The analytical, numerical and experimental study of complex (nonlinear) mechanical systems, such as those experiencing friction or impact phenomena as well as those with a large number of degrees of freedom, are key activities in this sub-theme. Such systems play an essential role in the modeling and analysis of advanced mechanical systems. The research on these nonlinear phenomena is highly relevant to engineering applications (e.g. high-performance/high-precision systems, nonlinear cutting processes in drill strings, and high-speed milling, hybrid control systems, micro electro mechanical systems, vehicle dynamics etc.).The strength of the research in this theme is the combination of theoretical techniques and numerical tools for analysis with dedicated experimental studies, which jointly provides insight into how to tame or exploit nonlinearity in the design of mechanical systems.
People active in this area: Prof.dr.ir. N. van de Wouw, Dr.ir. R.H.B. Fey & Prof.dr. H. Nijmeijer