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Smart Machines

Smart Machines

The Smart Machines research group focuses on the future smart technologies of mechanical engineering. Our main research areas concentrate on a land and sea vehicles and future manufacturing technologies. We work in co-operation with other research groups and companies, offering a wide excellence in the mechanical engineering area.

If Your research questions are related to the following technologies, we can offer our help:

  • boats
  • ships
  • construction or agricultural equipment
  • heavy-duty vehicles
  • welding automation or material handling.

The research can focus on component level, or it might be e.g. a wide autonomous vehicle scenario study, energy consumption simulations or even optimization calculations. 

The #Factory and the engine and powertrain laboratory are the main experimental environments in our toolbox, but we have also the Froude research boat and the eRX electric rallycross car environments. In these facilities, we can focus vehicles' performance, engine emissions, energy consumption, or e.g. collaborate with the 5G Test Network Turku research platform.

The Smart Machines group has also several virtual platforms for design (Siemens) and simulation tools like Matlab/Simulink, ANSYS, GT-Suite. For these virtual tools we can optimize hybrid system energy consumption, simulate robot systems, research smart model based control software or machine learning environments.

We can meet your needs with some student projects or thesis. Our staff is also available for national or international research programs.

Energy efficient internal combustion engines

These long-term research projects investigate methods that enable internal combustion engines to meet ever-tightening global emission standards while improving the energy efficiency of engines.

The research primarily concentrates on the emissions and energy efficiency of off-road vehicles, marine diesel engines and power plants. The aim is to develop diesel and gas engines that meet emission standards while remaining compact, cost-efficient and capable of delivering the desired performance.

Energy recovery systems

Internal combustion engines reject a notable amount of waste heat while operating, and the principle of waste heat recovery is gaining popularity in other applications as well. In the future, the utilization of waste energy streams is an internal part of the group’s R&D activities.

Energy efficiency of vehicles

The third key research area concentrates on the use of vehicles in traffic. Future research areas will include the optimization of the energy efficiency of entire logistics chains. Advanced technologies alone will not solve the problems associated with energy use. Instead, these technologies must be used correctly to gain maximum benefits.