The Mechatronics program researches, develops and exploits science and technologies at the intersection of the mechanical, control and electronic system domains to enhance the maneuverability and mobility of ground and amphibious manned and unmanned platforms. The program seeks to contribute to the technical body of knowledge and deliver advanced capabilities to the maneuver force by pursuing next-generation, leap-ahead, and transformational discoveries in academia, industry and government.

Mechatronics engages in efforts that afford advancements in mobility research areas to include intelligent mobility, powertrain efficiency and platform architecture. This is achieved through the conduct of basic, fundamental and applied research of advanced mobility technologies for application to unique military operational environments. Development and utilization of correlated physics-based virtual environments and modeling and simulations tools are leveraged throughout the concept creation, technology development and military utility assessment processes.

Research Concentration Areas

  • Ground and amphibious manned and unmanned platform design
  • Terra-mechanics
  • Kinematics and dynamics
  • Cybernetics
  • Efficient power generation
  • Vehicle architectures
  • Vehicle power electronics
  • Vehicle power train and suspension

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Reliable, automated surface and subsurface terrain characterization
  • Real-time, remote mobility planning intelligence
  • Active dynamic effectors for military off-road and amphibious applications
  • Active chassis control for military off-road and amphibious applications
  • Accurate modeling and simulation of tire and ground surface interface dynamics
  • Power-dense powertrains
  • Powertrain thermal management for ground systems
  • Electrical and hybrid locomotion for military off-road and amphibious applications
  • Energy harvesting
  • Flexible architectures of ground and amphibious platforms
  • Three-dimensional mobility in urban terrain

Program Contact Information

Name: Jeff Bradel

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 331

Email for Questions:

How to Submit

Submit white papers, QUAD charts and full proposals for contracts to this email address: ONR Code 33 Research Submissions

Follow instructions within BAA for submission of grant proposals to website.

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