Institute of Mechatronics

The institute exploits the interdisciplinarity of (bio)mechatronics to conduct collaborative research on novel actuators and sensors for various applications in healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace and microsystems. The research is focused on technologies for wellness and sports, medical disorder prevention, diagnostics and treatment, rehabilitation and assistance, mechanical energy harvesting and sensing, high-resolution positioning and high-performance machining.

 

Research Areas

Research, development and application of devices and methods for healthcare, sports performance, medical disorder prevention, diagnostics and treatment, rehabilitation and assistance.

Research, development and application of high-resolution piezoelectric actuators for precision positioning, vibration-assisted machining, etc.

Research, development and application of mechanical energy harvesters and sensors with embedded piezo-ceramic/polymeric transducers for flexible, wearable and smart macro/micro mechatronic systems.

 

Research achievements and impact

 

Research infrastructure and services

Institute of Mechatronics has the status of national research infrastructure (RI “Mechatronika”) and provides open access to an extensive set of tools for prototyping and testing of macro/micro/bio mechatronic systems. The institute serves the needs of researchers working in mechanical, production, materials, electronics, measurement and microsystems engineering fields and supports companies from different manufacturing industries in development of high value-added products.

The institute operates a wide range of vibration testing tools including a suite of POLYTEC laser vibrometers, which enable full dynamic characterization (modal analysis) of macro/micro-structures including electromechanical testing of MEMS components under controlled vacuum and temperature conditions. The institute is equipped with an extensive set of instruments for biomechanical analysis including systems for 3D motion analysis, 3D body part scanning, musculoskeletal ultrasonic diagnostics, EMG/EEG acquisition as well as a range of training equipment, anthropometric devices and sensors. The infrastructure also includes several 3D printers for additive manufacturing of polymeric parts using SLS, FDM and Polyjet technologies. The institute specializes in various applications of smart materials and provides access to test equipment for static, dynamic, indentation- and scratch-based characterization of mechanical properties as well as instruments for electrical and rheological measurements

KTU Open Access Centre

Technological solutions created by the Institute’s scientists and researchers help solve technological problems for business, industry and state companies. The R&D collaboration includes all stages of activity: from completing simple orders to first testing of prototypes and joint R&D projects of national and international importance.
All the services provided by Biomedical Engineering Institute and the equipment available for rent can be found on KTU Open Access Centre.

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Research projects

International projects

EC 7BP High-Resolution Fingerprint Sensing with Vertical Piezoelectric Nanowire Matrices (PiezoMAT) (2013–2017, Dr Rolandas Daukševičius)
3D-printable Flexible Electroactive Transducers for Soft Mechatronics Systems (FLEXYMECH-3DP)(2017-2020, dr. Rolanas Daukševičius)

National projects

R&D of New Class of Trunk-Like Robots: Theory and Investigation (SmartTrunk), MIP-084/2015, (2015–2018, Prof Habil Dr Ramutis Petras Bansevičius)
Ultrasound Generated Cavitation Flows Action for Vascular Recanalization and Function Reparation: an Experimental-Clinical Trial (IntraMed), MIP-097/2015, (2015–2018, Habil Dr Algimantas Bubulis)
3D-Printable Flexible Electroactive Transducers for Soft Mechatronics Systems(FLEXYMECH-3DP)“, MIP-1789/2017, (2017–2020, Dr Rolanas Daukševičius

Institutional projects

 

Technological solutions

Researchers and scientists of the Institute are developing technological solutions that are applicable and can be adapted to needs of various manufacturing processes.

 

Significant publications

Monitoring the condition of the cutting tool using self-powering wireless sensor technologies. Ostaševičius, Vytautas; Jūrėnas, Vytautas; Augutis, Stasys Vygantas; Gaidys, Rimvydas; Česnavičius, Ramūnas; Kižauskienė, Laura; Dundulis, Romualdas. // International journal of advanced manufacturing technology. London: Springer. ISSN 0268-3768. 2016, vol. 84, iss. 9-12, p. [1-15]
Self-powering wireless devices for cloud manufacturing applications. Ostaševičius, Vytautas; Jūrėnas, Vytautas; Markevičius, Vytautas; Gaidys, Rimvydas; Žilys, Mindaugas; Čepėnas, Mindaugas; Kižauskienė, Laura. // International journal of advanced manufacturing technology. London: Springer. ISSN 0268-3768. 2016, vol. 83, iss. 9, p. 1937-1950.
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