Carlos Garre del Olmo My Students Thesis

My Students Thesis

In this section I present a summary of the bachelor/master thesis for which I have been advisor.

Concept Modelling of a Honeycomb Sandwich Beam-like Structure.

Master Thesis through the Erasmus Program

Master en Ingeniería Industrial (Master in Industrial Engineering).

Institutions: University of Cantabria (Spain), University of Calabria (Italy).

Student: Juan Mallavia.

Advisors: Carlos Garre, Giovanni de Gaetano, Domenico Mundo.

Date: May 2013.

Mark: Sobresaliente (A).

The purpose of this study is to determine the Eigen frequencies and the modes shape of a panel honeycomb sandwich under the Free-Free-Free-Free (C-F-F-F) boundary conditions. The modeling consist of a part with the beam 3D model which will calculate the natural frequencies related to bending and torsion. From these frequencies we obtain an equivalent model in 1D. In this thesis we focus on the study of a beam that will be filled with aluminum and with a C-shape cross-section.

Parameterization of a Concept Model for Coupled Flexural and Torsional Vibrations of Vehicle Body Structures.

Master Thesis through the Erasmus Program

Master en Ingeniería Industrial (Master in Industrial Engineering).

Institutions: University of Cantabria (Spain), University of Calabria (Italy).

Student: Esther Incera.

Advisors: Carlos Garre, Domenico Mundo.

Date: April 2013.

Mark: Sobresaliente (A).

Development of a concept model for NVH analysis of vehicle body beam-like structures. This is an extension of a previously developed model, allowing the use of cross-sections without double simmetry. This implies the coupling of torsional and flexural vibration modes, with a more complex analytical formulation and numerical resolution.

Analisi di Crashworthiness mediante Modelli Concetualli di Strutture Riempite con Schiuma Metallica.


(Crashworthiness Analysis of Metallic-Foam-Filled Structures through Concept Models)

Tesi di Laurea Magistrale (italian equivalent to Master thesis)

Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Meccanica(Master in Mechanical Engineering).

Institution: University of Calabria (Italy).

Student: Danilo Corallino.

Advisors: Domenico Mundo, Carlos Garre.

Date: May 2013.

Mark: (A).

Development of a concept model for crashworthiness analysis of vehicle body structures filled with metallic foam. The model is an extension of the Equivalent Mechanisms model and has been implemented using ImagineLab AMESIM. This work is an extension of an AMESIM library previously developed by another student (Concept Car Body Crash library), adding foam-filled elements to the library.

Diseño e implementación de una interfaz multimodal para personas invidentes orientada al aprendizaje de circuitos eléctricos.


(Development of a Multimodal Interface for Teaching Electronics to Visually Impaired Students)

Proyecto Fin de Carrera (spanish equivalent to Bachelor thesis)

Ingenieria Informatica(Computer Science).

Institution: University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain).

Student: Sara Aliendre.

Advisors: Laura Raya, Carlos Garre.

Date: June 2012.

Mark: Matricula de Honor (Cum Laude).

An important challenge in the learning process of a visually-impaired student is the recognition of complex shapes and structures that are easily understood at first "sight". One example of this is the case of electronic circuits, which are part of the basic background needed for any student willing to be an engineer. In this project, a multimodal interface for navigation over electronic circuits have been developed. The blind student can freely navigate through the circuit thanks to the multimodal guidance, replacing the visual information with tactile and acoustic clues. The main guidance trhough the structure of the circuit is implemented using recent techniques for haptic navigation through filiform structures. For the recognition of the electronic components, haptic textures and audio clues are used. A CAD application for the teacher (for designing the circuits) has been implemented too. One of the main goals of the system was to be practical, i.e. economic (a 300$ haptic device was used) and easily accesible (any student with a haptic device can download the circuit files for studying at home).

Awarded with: Premio del Consejo Social para Jovenes Investigadores de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Award of the Social Council for Young Researchers)


Simulador Virtual de Fusil de Asalto HK-G36.


(Virtual simulation of an assalut rifle HK-G36)

Proyecto Fin de Master (Master thesis)

Master Oficial en Informatica Grafica, Juegos y Realidad Virtual (Master in Computer Graphics, Games and Virtual Reality).

Institution: University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain).

Student: David Rosillo.

Advisors: Jose San Martin, Carlos Garre.

Date: September 2011.

Mark: Sobresaliente (A).

Full system (hardware + software) for shooting practice with HK-G36 rifle. The hardware side consists in a weapon replica loaded with an optical tracker for aiming and a haptic mechanism for recoil simulation. In the software side, an easily configurable virtual reality environment, with different scenarios and targets (static and dynamic).

MICROMAQ: Desarrollo de una Unidad de Control Virtual Microprogramable.


(Development of a microprogramable virtual control unit)

Proyecto Fin de de Carrera (spanish equivalent to Bachelor thesis)

Ingeniería Técnica en Informática de Sistemas (Computer Science - Systems engineering).

Institution: University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain).

Student: Israel Rodriguez.

Advisors: Carlos Garre, Alberto Sanchez.

Date: June 2011.

Mark: Propuesto a Matricula de Honor (Cum Laude candidate).

Developing a microprogramable virtual control unit for assistance in teaching computer architecture subjects. The virtual CU allows the user to setup the hardware structure (memories, registers, ...) and the instruction set (instruction prototype and microprogram for each instruction). The application allows the teacher to generate random homework for each student and to automatically evaluate the student's work. The first version of the application is focused on teaching microprograming skills.

Integration of a CyberGrasp Haptic Device with an Advanced Physical Simulation Engine.

Proyecto Fin de Master (Master thesis)

Master Oficial en Informatica Grafica, Juegos y Realidad Virtual (Master in Computer Graphics, Games and Virtual Reality).

Institution: University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain).

Student: Antonio Gracia.

Advisors: Miguel A. Otaduy, Carlos Garre.

Date: September 2010.

Mark: Sobresaliente (A).

Our last research in the field of haptic rendering allows the use of very complex and heterogeneous tools for haptic interaction. These algorithms are even suitable for non-tool (direct hand) interaction, but the common 3DOF/6DOF haptic devices (like Phantom Omni) are not enough to exploit this capability. The goal of this thesis was to integrate a haptic device for direct hand interaction with our physical simulation engine and our novel haptic rendering algorithms. Since nowadays there is not a definitive hardware solution for direct hand haptics, our device consists in the combination of three different hardware components: CyberGlove data glove, CyberGrasp haptic device and Flock of Birds magnethic tracker. We abstract the hardware complexity to what we call a HandDevice, wich is integrated in the software architecture of our engine, keeping in mind the possibilty to add more sofisticated hardware in the future.

Haptic Rendering of Needle Insertion in Tissues.

Proyecto Fin de Carrera (spanish equivalent to Bachelor thesis)

Ingenieria Informatica (Computer Science).

Institution: University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain).

Student: Daniel Vila.

Advisors: Miguel A. Otaduy, Carlos Garre.

Date: June 2010.

Mark: Matricula de Honor (Cum Laude).

Interactive simulation for training in medicine and sugery is one of the main applications of haptics nowadays. One of the basic procedures in medicine is the insertion of needles inside the human tissue. If we want to simulate this procedure in an accurate way, we must take into account some specific features due to the multi-layer nature of human tissue. The forces that appears in the process of needle insertion and extraction depends on the type of needle used and on the propierties of the different layers of tissue (skin, fat, flesh...). These propierties are such as the elasticity, the friction, the density and the thickness of each layer. In this thesis we simulate haptic interaction in the process of needle insertion, simulating forces of: friction, insertion, membrane rupture, insertion channel constraints and so on.

Recomendaciones y Buenas Prácticas para el Despliegue de Bases de Datos Oracle.


(Advices and Good Practices in the Deployment of Oracle Databases)

Proyecto Fin de Carrera (spanish equivalent to Bachelor thesis)

Licenciatura en Informatica (Computer Science).

Institution: Technic University of Madrid (Spain).

Student: Felipe Garre.

Advisors: F. Javier Soriano, Carlos Garre.

Date: September 2009.

Mark: Sobresaliente (A).

Summary of the experience of the student after 8 years working at Oracle company.