The dynamics laboratory analyses complex dynamical systems by employing unique mathematical, numerical and experimental methods. Using state-of-the-art software and hardware equipment, the laboratory provides better insight into the dynamics of mechanical systems. Areas of activity include: modeling, system identification, modal testing, validation (numerically) and verification (experimentally).

The dynamics laboratory capabilities include:

  • Dyanmics lab facilitiesNon-contacting measurements using laser-doppler vibrometry able to rapidly scan surfaces to obtain dispcement and velocity amplitudes of vibrating structures.
  • Non-contacting sensors designed to work against non-planar surfaces provide means of measuring rotating structures.
  • Piezoelectric transducers used for sensing and actuation.
  • Active Magnetic Bearings performing as a non-contacting actuator able to exert magnetic forces on rotating machines.
  • Measurement systems capable of sampling data at upto 4 MHz, capturing rapid dynamical phenomena.
  • Rapid control and signal processing prototyping using dedicated DSP cards enables easy and fast “hardware in the loop” simulations of experiments.
  • Numerical modeling by commercial software combined with custom-made codes.
  • Optimization of dynamic performance and structural vibration.


The hardware and software equipment in the lab includes:

  • scanning laser vibrometerLaser-Doppler Vibrometer (Polytec) with sacnning controller
  • 2 Agilent VXI based systems, 8 & 16 input channels, 5 channel arbitrary waveform generator
  • Digital Signal Processors: 4 Dspace active control and signal processing cards
  • Active magnetic bearings (2 systems)
  • Piezoelectric amplifiers/actuators/systems
  • 8 channel signal processing filtters and 4 channel control fillter.
  • Computer based high frequency 2 channel synchronized signal generator.
  • Various contacting and non-contacting sensores.
  • Softwares: MATLAB, Ansys, SDT (MATLAB Toolbox), SAMCEF (structural dynamics FE software incorporating gyroscopic effects).