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Control, Modeling and Simulation of Mechanical Systems

With rich knowledge in modeling, simulation, and advanced dynamics, our engineers and scientists develop programs ranging from Distributed Interactive Simulation to Discrete Event Simulation, analyzing complex engineering systems and subsystems.

BMT’s team has developed a full range of engineering analysis, testing, and measurement tools. In addition to the evaluation of systems, advanced techniques in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) are incorporated as an effective cost-saving testbed and training environment.

Modeling and Simulation (M&S)

Physics-based M&S of mechanical, electrical, and mixed dynamical systems or complex subsystems, biomechanics-based M&S for human factors and ergonomics engineering applications, and immersive and high-fidelity virtual reality environment including visual and audio cueing.

Test, Evaluation & Demonstration

System performance metrics to evaluate system solutions performance in the context of effectiveness, operational, suitability, and survivability providing support to Milestones Decisions. Typical T&E methods include engineering analyses, Measure of Effectiveness (MOE), Measure of Suitability (MOS) , Scaled-Model tests, Full-Scale tests, and Hardware Inspection.


Seakeeping analyses specializing in interactions of multiple vessels operating in close proximity; high-fidelity predictions of wave-induced motions; and computational fluid dynamics of hullforms and superstructures.

Structural Dynamics

Finite element based linear and non-linear static and dynamic analysis of metals and composites; fatigue and fracture analysis; structural optimization; and structural health monitoring.

Mechanism Dynamics

Dynamic analysis, control, and optimization of complex multibody systems, such as a shipboard pedestal crane dynamical system, which includes crane machinery, hydraulic winch and drive systems, cable dynamics, sensor dynamics, collision dynamics, and ship motions.