The Noise and Vibration Research Group has a well-established
research experience in the field of noise and vibration analysis of
mechanical structures. Machine tool stability was the origin of the
research in the field of structural dynamics at PMA. In 1973 PMA
was one of the first laboratories in Europe to introduce a digital
FFT Analyser (HP 5451A) for noise and vibration analysis in the
field of mechanical engineering.
The development by PMA researchers of analysis methods (modal
analysis) to characterise and optimise the structural dynamic
behaviour raised the interest of several European industries and
research institutes. Challenging and important research projects
followed, giving PMA worldwide recognition in the field of noise
and vibration analysis.
Some spin-off companies were founded by former PMA collaborators
to commercialise the results of PMA's structural dynamics research.
The most successful among them is certainly LMS International
which evolved throughout the years to become a market leader in the
field of noise and vibration analysis software . The close
collaboration and joint research projects between PMA and
LMS-International are certainly a guarantee for the industrial
relevance of the scientific research at PMA, and offers a unique
forum for its research results.