Dannis Brouwer is the chair of the Precision Engineering group at the University of Twente focusing on precision motion of mechatronic and robotic systems. The group focusses onĀ the development of model-based methods for theĀ designĀ andĀ controlĀ of high-precision systems.

The main goal of theĀ designĀ activities is to continue, elaborate and to ā€˜scientificateā€™Ā  'Design Principles for Precision Mechanisms'Ā by using a model-based approach. By developing new and advanced modeling methods like flexible multibody modeling, complex system designs can be thoroughly analyzed, understood, designed and optimized.Ā Ā 

The main goal of theĀ controlĀ activities is to develop improved motion control using an adaptive model-based approach. Models are available from design or analysis and online updating ensures matching the actual system dynamics. These models then used for improving precision through (disturbance) feedforward control, disturbance rejection control or feedback control optimization.

Dannis M. Brouwer received his MSc. degree in mechanical engineering, in 1998, and a postmaster (PDEng) degree in mechatronic design in 2001 from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He has 8 years of industrial experience with Philips Centre for Industrial Technology (CFT), Eindhoven, the Netherlands and Demcon Advanced Mechatronics, Enschede, the Netherlands. In 2007, he received the doctoral degree in mechanics from the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands. He was appointed full Professor at the University of Twente in 2020 and is now chairing the Precision Engineering lab which includes 5 assistant Professors. He has (co-)authored over 50 refereed journal articles, 90 conference contributions and 8 patents on a variety of subjects including flexure mechanisms, kinematics, macro and micromanipulators, variable impedance robotics and precision engineering. In 2015 he received the prestigious personal VIDI grant for his large range of motion flexure research, where he was ranked 1stĀ out of 48. For three years he has served as a Director-at-Large for the American Society for Precision Engineering and he has been Associate Editor for Precision Engineering for 8 years.

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  • Engineering

    • Flexure
    • Mechanisms
    • Design
    • Support Stiffness
    • Flexure Hinge
    • Optimization
    • Performance
  • Physics

    • Flexing


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Beam-based analysis of flexure mechanisms: Increasing computational efficiency, accuracy and design freedom. University of Twente. Dwarshuis, K.https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554831A multinode superelement in the generalized strain formulationMultibody system dynamics, 56, 367-399. Dwarshuis, K., Ellenbroek, M., Aarts, R. & Brouwer, D.https://doi.org/10.1007/s11044-022-09850-zA Flexure-Based Linear Guide With Torsion Reinforcement StructuresJournal of mechanisms and robotics, 14(3), Article 031013. Rommers, J., Naves, M., Brouwer, D. M. & Herder, J. L.https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4052971Alleviating stress concentrations by constant curvature flexure mechanisms, 47-50. de Jong, J. J. & Brouwer, D. M.Gravity Balancing Flexure Spring Mechanisms for Shoulder Support in Assistive OrthosesIEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, 4(2), 448-459. Tschiersky, M., Hekman, E. E. G., Herder, J. L. & Brouwer, D. M.https://doi.org/10.1109/TMRB.2022.3155293A massively overconstrained and statically balanced flexure mechanism for a 20 kN load capacityIn Proceedings - ASPE 2022 Annual Meeting (pp. 98-101). American Society for Precision Engineering. de Jong, J. J., Nijenhuis, M. & Brouwer, D. M.High torsion stiffness leafspring flexure element using distributed warping constraintsIn European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Conference Proceedings - 22nd International Conference and Exhibition, EUSPEN 2022 (pp. 119-122). EUSPEN. Nijenhuis, M., Naves, M. & Brouwer, D.
A non-prismatic beam element for the optimization of flexure mechanismsIn 16th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control (MSNDC), Article V002T02A015. ASME Digital Collection. Dwarshuis, K. S., Aarts, R., Ellenbroek, M. & Brouwer, D.https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2020-22242Building block based topology synthesis algorithm to optimize the natural frequency in large stroke flexure mechanismsIn Proceedings of the ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE2020, Article V002T02A007. ASME Digital Collection. Fix, M. E., Brouwer, D. M. & Aarts, R. G. K. M.https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2020-22393A spatial closed-form nonlinear stiffness model for sheet flexures based on a mixed variational principle including third-order effectsPrecision engineering, 66, 429-444. Nijenhuis, M., Meijaard, J. P. & Brouwer, D. M.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precisioneng.2020.08.003Kinematically started efficient position analysis of deformed compliant mechanisms utilizing data of standard jointsMechanism and machine theory, 152, Article 103911. Dwarshuis, K., Aarts, R., Ellenbroek, M. & Brouwer, D.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2020.103911Flexure-based 60 degrees stroke actuator suspension for a high torque iron core motorPrecision engineering, 63, 105-114. Naves, M., Nijenhuis, M., Hakvoort, W. B. J. & Brouwer, D. M.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precisioneng.2020.02.001Improved dynamic performance in flexure mechanisms by overconstraining using viscoelastic materialPrecision engineering, 63, 115-125. Nijenhuis, M., Klein Avink, S. T. B., Dierkes, W. K., Noordermeer, J. W. M. & Brouwer, D. M.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precisioneng.2020.02.002Design of a flexure mechanism with increased dynamic performance: Viscoelastic (over)constrainingMikroniek, 60(2), 28-32. Klein Avink, S. T. B., Nijenhuis, M., Dierkes, W. K., Noordermeer, J. W. M. & Brouwer, D. M.https://www.dspe.nl/mikroniek/archive/

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