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dr.ir. R.G.K.M. Aarts (Ronald)

Associate Professor

About Me

Ronald Aarts is an Associate Professor in the Applied Mechanics and Data Analysis (AMDA) research group, which is part of the Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET). He is trained in Applied Physics, obtaining both an MSc and a PhD from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He joined the University of Twente in 1994, and initially worked on fluid-induced forces in centrifugal pumps. From 1997 onwards, he supervised various projects in the area of robotic laser welding.

Dr Aarts’ current research is in the area of flexible multibody dynamics, with a focus on numerically efficient modelling, system identification, parameter estimation and links to control and design challenges. He also coordinates the in-house development of the SPACAR software package. This implements a non-linear finite element formulation that offers unique benefits in terms of the analysis and simulation of devices in which rigid and flexible parts are interconnected, such as manipulators. He is also developing low-order and reduced-order models for use in design optimization. Fully non-linear models or linearized models are integrated with control systems to capture the dominant behaviour of mechatronic systems.

Ronald Aarts teaches elements of second-year and third-year Bachelor’s modules. The above-mentioned research topics feature in more specialized Master’s and post-Master’s courses, which can be tailored to specific audiences (e.g. from the industrial sector).

 

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Compliant Mechanisms
Hinges
Laser Beam Welding
Stiffness
Physics & Astronomy
Flexing
Laser Welding
Strokes
Mathematics
Flexible Multibody Systems

Publications

Recent
Heerze, E. , Aarts, R. G. K. M. , & Rosic, B. (2022). Feedforward control for a manipulator with flexure joints using a Lagrangian Neural Network. 1. Abstract from IUTAM Symposium on Optimal Design and Control of Multibody Systems 2022, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.
de Jong, J. J. , & Aarts, R. G. K. M. (2022). Static Balance of a Flexure-Based Four-Bar Mechanism: Less Torque with More Preload. In A. Müller, & M. Brandstötter (Eds.), Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics - RAAD 2022: RAAD 2022 (pp. 306-313). (Mechanisms and Machine Science; Vol. 120). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04870-8_36
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.
Berendsen, D., Sridhar, A. , & Aarts, R. (2021). A compliant and redundantly actuated 2-DOF 3RRR PKM: Less is more. In J. Kövecses, G. Stépán, & A. Zelei (Eds.), Proceedings of the10th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on MULTIBODY DYNAMICS (pp. 246-256). Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
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
Dwarshuis, K. , Aarts, R. , Ellenbroek, M. , & Brouwer, D. (2019). Static deformation of flexure-based mechanisms starting from a kinematic approximation. Abstract from Multibody Dynamics 2019, Duisburg, Germany.

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Faculty of Engineering Technology
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The Netherlands

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