Mechanical Engineering (MECH)

The department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) exists of three research groups:

  • Acoustics & Vibration Research Group (AVRG)
  • Robotics and Multibody Mechanics (R&MM)
  • Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (THFL)

The main goal of the AVRG group is to conduct fundamental and applied research in the broad field of Acoustics & Vibration, with special emphasis on signal processing and system identification. The acoustical research is focused on noise power characterization of combustion engines, numerical calculation of sound radiating from ducts and sound quality of exhaust systems. The research in the field of vibration is mainly concentrated on experimental and operational modal analysis, in which the Group has a worldwide recognized expertise.

The R&MM team’s central goal is to conduct fundamental and applied research in the broad field of robotics and multibody mechanics. The group’s special emphasis is the development of complex mechatronic systems such as lightweight actuation systems with adaptable compliance, a bipedal robot, a robotic assistant arm, actuated rehabilitation devices, and social robots.

The THFL group is mainly active in the fields of Computational Fluid Mechanics (CFD), Experimental Fluid Mechanics, (Renewable) Energy, Turbulence and Combustion. CFD has been in development for 30 years and benefits from a worldwide recognition. Activity in thermodynamics is focused on energy production from advanced thermal cycles and from renewable energies (biomass and wind) with several test facilities (two gas turbines, biomass combustor). Fundamental work in the field of combustion aims at the development of combustion kinetic models. The group is involved in different energy management projects (government, expert groups, power producers).

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  • mechanics
  • acoustics
  • vibration
  • thermodynamics
  • fluidics
  • robotics
  • multibody systems

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Faculty of Engineering

Pleinlaan 2 – B-1050 Brussels – Belgium

[T] +32 (0)2 629 28 06 or 23 92
[F] +32 (0)2 629 28 65
Head & scientific contact: Dirk LEFEBER
Business contact: Jacques Langhendries