Design of rotating machines and mechatronic systems – Mechatronic laboratory

The aim of the research group is to study and develop mechatronic systems and rotating machines supported by conventional and magnetic bearings.

The typical multidisciplinary research field with interaction of the mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer science subsystems has requested the collaborations with researchers coming from the departments of Electronic, Energy and Computer Science. The cooperation was formalized in 1993 with the constitution of the Mechatronic Laboratory in which researchers coming from different areas work on the same research projects sharing workspaces, competences, test rigs and instrumentations.

The active research fields already consolidated from more than 20 years are listed briefly here below and described more in detail in the Laboratory web site (

  • Dynamics of rotating systems, modelling and experimental validation of flexible rotors and components of rotating machinery, experimental analysis of high speed rotors and flywheels.
  • Active and passive magnetic bearings, conventional bearings with active damping systems.
  • Active control of structures and systems using piezoelectric and electromechanical actuators.
  • Mechatronic systems for high efficiency actuations.
  • Mechatronic systems for sustainable mobility, improvement of vehicle engines by waste heat recovery systems, electrification of the accessories and of the vehicle powertrain in different configurations.
  • Actuation systems for the vehicle attitude control and suspension damping control.
  • Space robotics, mobile robotics for manned and unmanned planetary exploration.
  • Mechatronic systems for mountain safety.

The approach followed in each research field starts from the multidomain modelling of the system and ends with the design, construction and experimental characterization of laboratory prototypes.

The attention devoted to the construction of prototypes is considered mandatory for the experimental validation of the analytical and numerical results.

The research activities are funded by European Collaborative Projects, Regional and National project and by direct contracts with companies involved in the field of Automotive, Aerospace and production plants.

More than 30 PhD Students and Post Doc Fellows are involved in the above mentioned research fields.

A detailed description of the research projects and of the activities related to them is reported in the Mechatronics Laboratory web site