The Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering is organized into four research sections:

Structural Optimization Mechanics (SOM)

As systems become more complex and multidisciplinary, design of these systems also becomes more complicated. To assist design of such systems, physical models and computational tools are needed, as well as methods and tools for optimization of designs. The SOM group's research focus is on the development of such advanced (computational) design techniques, combined with the understanding and design of innovative (nano)mechanical devices.


Mechatronic System Design (MSD)

The research of MSD focuses on several aspects that are expected to play a crucial role in future improvements on complex high-performance mechatronic systems. Rather than on fundamental analysis alone, a strong emphasis is placed on practical realization of integrated solutions for complex problems.


Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE)

The pursuit for extreme miniaturisation and precision is essential for achieving breakthrough performance for many present and future products, including consumer products, scientific instruments, machine components and systems. There is a requirement for carrying out processes at the small (micro) scale with high (nano) precision. MNE's goal is to develop the nanoengineering discipline by pairing basic nanoscience with engineering and production concepts.


Engineering Dynamics (ED)

The ED group strives to pioneer new ideas and imagine better solutions in the fields of structural vibrations, multibody dynamics and experimental dynamics. The main research themes are: numerical methods, multibody dynamics,multiphysics dynamics and experimental techniques.

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Within our four sections we cover mechanical engineering disciplines such as statics, dynamics, manufacturing and design techniques, but also advanced numerical analysis methods, material characterization and system (mechatronic) design. Within these sections each of the research groups focuses on different aspects of the precision and microsystem world. The application spectrum of our research is very broad, though highly specialized. We operate on fields such as chip manufacturing, automotive, aerospace or biomechanics, smart microsystems and production/assembly techniques. We develop conceptual devices that can be used for the experimental validation and work with advanced mathematical simulation of mechanics and dynamics. In its research activities PME cooperates with a wide variety of national and international parties and has a strong relationship with the world-leading Dutch high-tech industry.

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