Research groups and their expertise

Introduction

Machineries & Factories brings together expertise from two faculties at Ghent University and one at university college howest.  Some of the research groups are a member of the strategic research centre Flanders Make and/or imec as indicated in the list below by.

Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer | Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics

  • Thermodynamics & thermal engineering
  • Heat transfer in complex heat exchangers and cooling plates
  • Innovative cooling of power electronics and electrical machines (e.g. heat pipes)
  • Experimental and numerical research

Fluid Mechanics | Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Numerical optimisation of multi-scale flow and heat problems
  • Fluid structure interaction (combined simulation of movement and flow)
  • Transition modelling 
  • Unsteady flows in complex moving geometries

Dynamic Systems and Controls | Department of Electrical Energy, Metals, Mechanical construction & Systems

  • System level design of smart motion systems including their control: new architectures, component sizing, component selection, component & architecture validation, trajectory optimisation
  • Non-linear and user friendly model based predictive control
  • Stability, stabilisation and optimization of dynamical systems
  • Modeling and regulation of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems
  • Synchronisation of oscillators and control of discrete event systems
  • Mechatronics: control and optimization of drivetrains and mechatronic systems

Electrical Energy Laboratory | Department of Electrical Energy, Metals, Mechanical Constructions & Systems

  • Multi-physical design of electrical machines and drives
  • Hybrid & physical based modelling
  • Co design of power electronics and electrical machines, power electronics integrated in electromechanical actuators
  • Innovative actuators and their fault tolerant control
  • Virtual sensors/soft sensors of electromechanical machines
  • EMC of electrical drives

Electrical Energy Laboratory | Department of Electrical Energy, Metals, Mechanical Constructions & Systems

  • Hybrid & physical based modelling
  • Machine learning and control theory
  • Optimization of nonlinear dynamical systems
  • Co-design of cyberphysical systems
  • Virtual sensors of electromechanical systems

IDLab (Internet Technology and Data Science Lab) 

  • Data based modelling
  • Machine learning
  • Context based dashboards

Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design

  • Design of flexible assembly (automation, multi-criteria evaluation, support tools, context-aware information, novel parts supply)
  • Logistics & supply chain management
  • Integrated (preventive/selective) maintenance and production planning
  • Supply chain management
  • Material handling & warehousing

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

University college howest - DAE