R&D+i (Research group)

APPLIED MECHANICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH GROUP

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For more information about collaboration or technical advise related R&D+i, please contact to:

PhD. Emilio Velasco Sánchez: emilio.velasco@umh.es. Phone: +34 96 665 8425. (Group web)

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RELATED INFORMATION OF THE GROUP

1.-Description:

The Applied Mechanical Engineering research group is comprised of ten faculty members from the area of mechanical engineering in addition to one UMH staff member. Currently, four of its members hold PhD’s; the remaining six are working on theirs, and the progress of some of these is quite advanced.

This group has been collaborating and carrying out research projects since the university was founded in 1996, and although many of its current members have not belonged since its founding, they did join upon their incorporation into the university.

Within the group, in addition to its research projects, a structure has been built that is directed towards transferring technology and offering services to businesses and individuals. This structure consists of the Vehicle Laboratory and the Laboratory of Acoustic Engineering and Vibrations.

The Vehicle Laboratory is an official laboratory for major overhauls (accredited by ENAC), an official laboratory for cataloguing historic vehicles, and also a tire testing laboratory (accredited by ENAC).

The Laboratory of Acoustic Engineering and Vibrations (LIAV) carries out control trials of noise measuring installations at ITV facilities, environmental acoustics studies, produces noise maps, and conducts acoustics tests for activities and the general public.

All of the group members are assigned to either one laboratory or the other, or to both, and regularly collaborate in ongoing research projects.

2.- Objectives

1. Conduct research projects in applied research in each of the group’s research lines.
2. Provide technology supporting business and entities with quality and accredited laboratories.
3. Collaborate with businesses and public entities in the development of procedures and quality improvements of industrial projects and the standards for application.
4. Carry out research projects and technological development in collaboration with businesses and entities that support research.

3.-Lines of research:

  • Acoustic Engineering and Mechanical Vibrations.
    This line’s objective is based on the study, characterization, and control of different sources of environmental noise and sources of mechanical vibrations. To accomplish this, the group of investigators is carrying out theoretical simulation techniques based on BEM and FEM, as well as experimental characterization methodologies of sources. The development of behavior models of sources of noise and vibration are intended to be applied in infrastructure systems, industrial surroundings, and environmental studies.
  • Analysis of the behavior of industrial vehicles, definition of specific design calculation methods, and application to the development of special vehicle bodies. This line conducted a project In 2007-2008 that was financed by the Generalitat Valenciana as part of the 2007 call for emergent research groups, and subsequent to this, several collaboration projects have taken place with businesses to develop vehicle bodies. This line is also closely related to the activities of the Laboratorio de Reformas de Vehículos.
  • Application of structural adhesives to industrial vehicle frames and bodies. Study of specific associated problems, analysis, and optimization of their behavior, and study of the sensitivity to distinct application parameters. One doctoral thesis is currently being written on this topic, and two communications at specialized congresses have resulted from it.
  • Examination of tire behavior and performance. Thanks to our research infrastructure, we are capable of carrying out research projects for improving tire design and their productive process.
  • Mathematical modeling of the behavior of tires braking on roller brake testers at vehicular technical inspection facilities. Mathematical modeling of the movement of rolling tires on flat surfaces has been the object of significant research and publications, but the movement of tires on rollers and their mathematical modeling has not. The current line of research mathematically models the behavior of braking tires on rollers found at brake testers, common at ITV facilities, considering the influence of parameters such as tire pressure, tire type, distance between rollers, their roughness, the weight upon the wheel, and their convergence and divergence.
  • Vehicular maintenance control systems and technical control of aging. Vehicular systems must fulfill a series of standards for their homologation and placement in circulation. Once in circulation, determining whether such vehicles maintain safe conditions as they age and as time passes is necessary. Within the group, one doctoral thesis has been completed in this field, and another two in this line are in progress.
29 January 2017