The Program has kept its activities to three areas of concentration, even though teachers have inserted new projects which involve what is most relevant in modern science, including multidisciplinary projects, namely:
- interest in multidisciplinary themes such as, for example, tribology, which involves mechanical engineering (physical contact, solid mechanics, instrumentation and signal analysis) and engineering and material science (processing and characterization of new materials, study of contact surfaces). It should be noted that the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering from UFU is pioneering this initiative.
- use of monitoring techniques for manufacturing process parameters via vibration signals, machining forces, drive power of machines and signs of acoustic emissions (AE) during machining. One aspect that deserves attention is the use of techniques of inverse methods to find solutions to problems involving heat generation in the process of machining and welding, with emphasis on the process of turning and drilling. All the above mentioned aspects are easily identified by master’s dissertations and doctoral theses of the program, as well as by the intellectual production and research projects presented in this report, funded by development agencies or business partners in research and technological development.
Lines of Research
- intensive use of automation and control techniques, for solving problems relating to the dynamics of mechanical systems (passive and active control of vibrations), study of mechatronic systems (robotics, computer aided manufacturing, etc.), study of adaptive systems (flexible systems with piezoelectric ceramic, PVDF film).
Lines of Research
- intensive use of techniques related to computer science in areas as diverse as, for example, turbulence, numerical methods, parallel processing, mathematical modeling of complex problems in fluid dynamics (fluid-structure interaction, bioengineering, among others), optimization of complex mechanical systems (impact, meta-models, genetic algorithms, evolutionary techniques in general, shape optimization), solution of inverse problems in heat transfer, identification of dynamic systems, etc.