Machine Design Laboratory

Director: Anifantis Nick, Professor
Faculty members:
Papadopoulos Chris, Professor
Dentsoras Argyris, Professor
Nikolakopoulos Pantelis, Assistant Professor
Katsareas Dimitrios, Lecturer
Contact Details
Machine Design Lab. Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering Department, University of Patras, GR26500, Greece.
Phone: +30 2610 997 194 +30 2610 997 195 +30 2610 969 457
Fax: +30 2610 997 207
Website of the Laboratory:

The Laboratory of Machine Design (MDL) contributes to the education of experts in the field of Mechanical Design. Accomplishments of Ph.D. level students of the laboratory are appreciated by both academia and industry. The mission of MDL is to improve design quality, shorten design time, and enhance design education by developing design tools for innovative product development. The design tools developed include design methodology and computer-aided design software systems. The foundation of this development is the science of design, which provides scientific means for studying design activities. The design tools are used to help companies rapidly develop high quality new products. The active research areas of MDL are nanotechnology, dynamics of rotating machinery, tribology-nanotribology, smart lubricants, active magnetic and hydro magnetic bearings, finite and boundary element methods, artificial intelligence and biomedical field. MDL is under the direction of Professor Nikolaos Anifantis and consists of five faculty members and 6 Ph.D students. MDL collaborates with a number of international research groups among which the Network on neutron Techniques standardization for structural integrity (NET).

1.     Mechanical Measurements

2.     Machine Design  Ι

3.     Machine Design ΙΙ

4.     Vibration of Mechanical Systems

5.     Aeronautics Technology

6.     Advanced Finite Elements

7.     Artificial Intelligence Applications

8.     Design of Mechanical Systems

9.     Professional Ethics

10.  Design of Smart Machines

11.  Graphical Design Methods using CAD

12.  Tribology in Machine Design

13.  Design of Transportation Machines

14.  Mechanical Drawing for Chemical Engineers

15.  Dynamics of bearings and shafts (post graduate)


  • Failure analysis of composite materials and structures
  • Characterization of elastomeric materials and compounds
  • Prediction of residual stresses in weldments
  • Computational simulation of coupled thermal and mechanical contact
  • Nonlinear fracture mechanics
  • Nonlinear dynamics and stability of structures
  • Computational simulation of the behavior of nanostructured materials
  • Tribolological optimization of micro/macro -bearing with artificial texturing.
  • Solution of Navier Stokes equations using CFD and tribological optimization of micro and macro bearings with artificial texturing. Tribological design of nano-magnetorheological journal bearings.
  • Use of Molecular Dynamics for friction coefficient determination in nano level and Solution of Navier Stokes equations using CFD for the micro/macro scale magnetorheological lubrication. Design of hydro-magnetic journal bearings.
  • Coupled solution of Electromagnetic theory and Navier Stokes equations, in order to analyze the hybrid performance of the hydro magnetic bearing design.
  • Methodology. Development of innovative methods that are based on Artificial- and Computational Intelligence for handling fuzziness in design knowledge, generation of new case-based designs and optimization of design alternatives and solutions by using evolutionary algorithms.
  • Design of Biomedical Systems. Design and development of biomedical systems in the form of research and industrial prototypes accompanied by clinical trials
  • Machine Dynamics and Rotordynamics: The dynamic phenomena that occur during the operation of machinery are studied. Methods of analysis, prognosis and fault diagnosis are developed.
  • Active Magnetic Bearings: The AMB operate without friction, without the need for lubrication circuit.AMB's are designed and the new phenomena in the dynamic behavior of machines are studied.
  • Smart Materials, Intelligent Structures and Machines: Smart indicates those materials having an intrinsic ability to alter the characteristics in response to external stimuli. The use of such materials in machinery or structures, adds additional chances for the active control of their operation


  • Modern testing and educational facilities
  • Programmable shaker table
  • Experimental stress analysis equipment
  • Experimental vibration analysis equipments
  • Personal computers including printers, scanners, digital camera and video projectors
  • HEWLLET-PACKARD high computer power Blade System
  • Commercial finite element codes
  • Homemade boundary element code
  • Signal analysis and processing software
  • Rotor bearings analysis kit (Bently Nevada)
  • Vibration table (TIRA)
  • Damping factor measuring devices