KU Leuven is a research-intensive and internationally oriented university, performing both fundamental and applied scientific research. Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is now one of Europe’s oldest universities.

Within the GIANTS project, KU Leuven is represented by its Mecha(tro)nic System Dynamics (LMSD) research group. LMSD’s objective is to add value to mecha(tro)nic systems in every phase of their lifecycle (from design to manufacturing and operations) by understanding, monitoring, and controlling their dynamic behavior, including motion, vibration, and acoustics. The research at LMSD covers a wide spectrum, including methodologies, theoretical foundations, and various application domains.

The LMSD research group strives for international leadership in engineering dynamics through excellent research, education and services, leveraging five decades of expertise, and placing a central focus on the Digital Twin concept in its roadmap. Dynamic behavior models, validated and enriched with dynamic measurement data, enable a continuously updated virtual replica of structures or systems.

Role and Key Contribution to the Project

Within GIANTS, KU Leuven LMSD will focus on the modelling and validation of the dynamic mechanical behaviour (i.e. vibrational, vehicle dynamics and NVH behavior) of the vehicle platform and its mechanical components, and on the development and integration of the dynamic models in a digital twin environment. LMSD will exploit its expertise in NVH, structural dynamics, drivetrain multi-physical and vehicle dynamics modelling, virtual sensing and dynamic mechanical testing of components and full systems.