prof.dr.ir. D.M. Brouwer PDEng (Dannis)

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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 on the development of model-based methods for the design and control of high-precision systems.

The main goal of the design activities is to continue, elaborate and to ‘scientificate’  'Design Principles for Precision Mechanisms' 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.  

The main goal of the control 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 1st 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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Dwarshuis, K. , Nijenhuis, M. , Aarts, R. G. K. M. , Ellenbroek, M. H. M. , & Brouwer, D. M. (2021). Computation of internal stress resultants in beam elements with constrained torsional warping. In J. Kövecses, G. Stépán, & A. Zelei (Eds.), Proceedings of the10th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on MULTIBODY DYNAMICS (pp. 68-79). Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
de Jong, J., Theans, S., Epping, L. , & Brouwer, D. M. (2021). Improving Support Stiffness of Flexure Mechanisms by Statically Balancing. 45-48. Paper presented at 36th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Precision Engineering, ASPE 2021, Minneapolis, United States.
Smelt, K. J. , de Jong, J. J., Blok, C. A. , & Brouwer, D. M. (2020). Optomechanical spherical manipulator with an adjustable center of rotation. 43-46. Paper presented at 35th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Precision Engineering, ASPE 2020, Virtual, Online.
Nijenhuis, M. , Naves, M. , Hakvoort, W. B. J. , & Brouwer, D. M. (2020). Efficient modeling for the design of a large-stroke fully flexure-based 6-DOF hexapod. 47-51. Paper presented at 35th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Precision Engineering, ASPE 2020, Virtual, Online.
Dwarshuis, K. S. , Aarts, R. , Ellenbroek, M. , & Brouwer, D. (2020). A non-prismatic beam element for the optimization of flexure mechanisms. In 16th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control (MSNDC) [V002T02A015] ASME Digital Collection. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2020-22242
Fix, M. E. , Brouwer, D. M. , & Aarts, R. G. K. M. (2020). Building block based topology synthesis algorithm to optimize the natural frequency in large stroke flexure mechanisms. In Proceedings of the ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE2020 [V002T02A007] ASME Digital Collection. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2020-22393
Naves, M. , Hakvoort, W. B. J. , Nijenhuis, M. , & Brouwer, D. M. (2020). T-Flex: A large range of motion fully flexure-based 6-DOF hexapod. In R. K. Leach, D. Billington, C. Nisbet, & D. Phillips (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, EUSPEN 2020 (pp. 205-208). EUSPEN. https://www.euspen.eu/knowledge-base/ICE20183.pdf
Nijenhuis, M. , Jonker, B. , & Brouwer, D. (2020). Importance of Warping in Beams with Narrow Rectangular Cross-Sections: An Analytical, Numerical and Experimental Flexible Cross-Hinge Case Study. In A. Kecskeméthy, & F. Geu Flores (Eds.), Multibody Dynamics 2019: Proceedings of the 9th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics (pp. 199-206). (Computational Methods in Applied Sciences; Vol. 53). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23132-3_24

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