The Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS) of the University of Patras has been founded in 1994 and is oriented on research and development in cutting edge scientific and technological fields. LMS is involved in a number of research projects funded by the CEU and European industrial partners. Particular emphasis is given to the co-operation with the European industry as well as with a number of “hi-tech” firms. LMS is under the direction and technical coordination of Professor George Chryssolouris. It is organized in three different groups:
- Manufacturing Processes Modelling and Energy Efficiency
- Robots, Automation and Virtual Reality in Manufacturing
- Manufacturing Systems
Specifically in the field of Innovative Manufacturing Processes, LMS is active in various aspects including experimentation, process modelling and simulation, process monitoring and control as well as life cycle assessment.
In collaboration with European industrial partners, LMS has produced a large number of research results. Especially in the field of Additive Manufacturing, LMS has to demonstrate a significant range of research results and participation in a number of relevant projects since 1997. Focused research has been conducted on the development of process models and simulation tools, ranging from capturing thermal field history and predicting thermo-mechanical behaviour to build time models for a variety of AM processes. Furthermore, coupled (thermal-fluid) models for the investigation of the melt-pool dynamic phenomena have been developed, and several experimental studies have been conducted by LMS. From a digital design perspective, special focus has been given on the investigation of re/designed structural parts considering process’s capabilities and implementing topology optimization algorithms.
Finally, LMS is also well known in the manufacturing community for its contribution to the science of manufacturing via a rich collection of scientific and technical papers produced. More than 500 (five hundred) publications in international refereed scientific journals and conferences have been authored by LMS, earning international acclaim and attracting thousands of citations.