Research fields

Recent research has been oriented towards timing chain of internal combustion engines, suspension systems (passive suspension and active suspension for steering wheels and nonsteering wheels), steering systems (including four wheel steering systems), windshield wiper systems, safety systems (e.g. seat belt restraint tension system), antropomorphic grippers, couplings. The main research fields are presented below.


Stands for mechanical transmission testing with parallel axis (IFT, Germany):
UMT Tribometer:
Experimental installation for testing mechanical components and systems through linear actuators HTC, MTS Systems (2001)
FESTO command system for mechanical grippers up to five fingers

Products and services with innovative potential

Procedure, installation and devices for measuring friction loss from transmission with parallel axes (chains, belts, connecting gears) according to medium speed, loading and characteristics of the lubricant
Procedures and devices for measuring friction coefficients from mechanical friction torques, depending on the type of torque, medium speed, loading, with or without lubrication
Modelling, simulation, optimization and experimental testing of road vehicle systems
Range of antropomorphic grippers for industrial robots


The study of new mechanism structures with hinged drawbars and gears for car suspension, in a mechatronic context. PN II project- IDEI, code CNCSIS 607/2008, 2009-2011 (Manager: Prof. Dr. Eng. Cătălin Alexandru)
RO-SMEP/Panels a two-way communication RO-EU. Contract EEN/SPA/09/SME/250386-RO-SMEP (Manager: Prof. Dr. Eng. Dan Săvescu)
Chain drive system dynamic tribology. Contract no 4029/2008, AAd3/2012, Aad4/2015. Beneficiary Schaeffler Group SRL, Herzogenaurach, Germania, 2012-2018 (Manager: Prof. Dr. Eng. Radu Velicu)
Modelling and simulation of an electric system for tension reduction Beneficiary AUTOLIV ROMANIA 2017, (Manager: Prof. Dr. Eng. Cătălin Alexandru)


  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Radu Velicu – Head of the Research Centre
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Radu Săvescu – Coordinator of Managerial Engineering
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Ionel Starețu – Coordinator of Applied Mechanisms and Robotics
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Cătălin Alexandru – Coordinator of Virtual Prototyping
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Ioan Stroe
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Elena Eftimie
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Radu Săulescu
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eng. Mihai Lateș
  • Lecturer Dr. Eng. Cătălin Gavrilă
  • Lecturer Dr. Eng. Șișman
  • Lecturer Dr. Eng. Monica Balaș

Scientific advisors
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Florea Dudiță
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Petre Alexandru
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Aurel Jula
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Emil Chișu
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Șerban Bobancu
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Gheorghe Moldovean