Mechanik und Mechatronik
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Preface

Present-day technical devices - like vehicles, e.g. - and facilities increasingly require mechanical and electronic components to interact synergetically. This led to the emergence of Mechatronics as a discipline. In the field of Mechanics, the focus is on modelling and analysing structures, mechanisms, and dynamic processes using sophisticated analytical and numerical methods. Many problems arising in the area of industrial applications can nevertheless be solved only by means of a synthesis with elements of Electronics and Informatics. For example, concepts of Control Engineering are essential in optimising a process while both modern Measurement and Actuator Technology are indispensable in applying and validating it.

However, with all technical innovations one should not forget the central role of human beings: from this point of view, investigations into man-machine interaction and in the field of Biomechanics are essential parts of many projects, too.

To meet these requirements, the Institute is built up of four closely cooperating Research Groups:

The expertise in the above fields results in manifold joint projects with national and international companies and universities, a multitude of publications in prestigious journals, and in the organisation of several workshops and scientific meetings.  The aim of this brochure at hand is to provide an overview of some quite recent projects and the corresponding contact persons of our Institute.