||In today's globalized and tremendously competitive world, organizations, both private and institutional, face difficult challenges that are related to a vast range of aspects. The presence in the market in a timely manner becomes very important and products time-to-market is one of the variables that has been worked on several fronts. Despite an early entry in the market, products and systems require a smaller, if not null, number of failures. Customers or users, whether end-users or industrial users, have currently a low tolerance for systems that are unreliable. For this reason the reliability of systems is a hot topic with regard to products and systems development. On the top of challenges continues to be the urgent necessity of development of low energy consuming systems, in parallel with systems that reduce the overall environmental impact, contributing to the so-called and sometimes neglected sustainability.
Applied mechanics allied to product development methodologies and tools supported by advances in technologies (computing, programming, electronics, etc.) play an important role responding to the identified challenges, and opens an almost endless field of research.
This research line is planned to anticipate and support to such inevitable requirements, and is structured to focus the study and development of the following research topics:
RT1: Tribology, Vibrations & Industrial Maintenance
RT2 - Experimental Mechanics and Structural Monitoring
RT3 - Product and Systems Design Development