This research line focuses on both theoretical and experimental issues related to the design and construction of ground vehicles. These activities refer to modelling, optimal design, construction and testing of ground vehicles, their subsystems or special laboratory devices.
The main research activities carried out in this area are briefly listed below:
- Optimal design: advanced design methods with reference to complex systems and structural design (optimal design, multi-objective optimisation, robust design, topology optimisation, …) with applications to the design of ground vehicle systems and subsystems.
- Vehicle design and engineering:
- theoretical and experimental methods for the construction of vehicles and their subsystems: active and passive safety;
- design for performance and sustainability;
- comfort, testing and modelling;
- green vehicles design and construction;
- experimental mechanics, force measurement, measurement of inertial properties of vehicles and subsystems;
- development of devices for improving the passive safety of vehicles.
The research group is one of the main promoters of DriSMi - Driving Simulator of the Politecnico di Milano, the first installation in the world of DiM400, the most innovative driving simulator model existing on the market today, co-financed by the Lombardy Region.
The group is also on the management committee of the interdepartmental LiDuP laboratory (Lightweight structure and Durability Performance Lab) aimed at providing an essential service in the design of 'lightweight' products. The research group is also active in projects; among these, the ITS Italy 2020 project of the National Technology Cluster of Sustainable Mobility.