To provide students with practical learning experiences, Politecnico di Torino faculty members work with engineering firms, manufacturers, and other industry partners to identify projects like those the students will encounter after graduation.
On one such project, a graduate student in the department of computer and control engineering not only gained invaluable work experience; he also solved a genuine technical problem for Comau – Special Projects, a sector of the major industrial automation group: how to validate the design of an industrial lifter capable of raising and lowering payloads of up to 500 kg. The student, Andrea Giacotto, used Simulink® and Simscape Multibody™ to model the lifter, run simulations to observe its dynamic behavior, and size the DC motor that turns the lead screw to actuate the lifter’s double scissor mechanism.
“Simulink and Simscape Multibody enabled Andrea to help Comau – Special Projects address a real technical problem,” says Dr. Massimo Violante, associate professor at Politecnico di Torino. “Specifically, he demonstrated how Comau could streamline special product development with dynamic simulations of physical models created in Simscape Multibody.”