Mechanics and Control Process Department

Mechanics and Control Processes Department (former Dynamics and Strength of Machines Department), founded in 1935.

Mechanics and Control Processes Department - "Lurie's Department" - universally recognized world center of fundamental and applied education in mechanics. It is unique scientific and educational team that is well known for large variety and deepness of undertaken researches and well deserved to proceed and enhance educational and scientific traditions founded by A.I. Lurie - leading Russian scientist in mechanics, Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

Mechanics and Control Processes Department Prof. A.I.Lurie
Prof. A.I.Lurie
(19.07.1901 - 12.02.1980)


Anatoly I. Lurie (19 July 1901 - 12 February 1980) was born in Mogilev (Belorussia). He was an outstanding scientist in the field of rational mechanics and theory of control processes. Graduated from Faculty of Physics and Mechanics of Leningrad Politechnic Institute (1925), D.Sc. in technical sciences (1933), Professor (1929), a Member of Academy of Sciences of USSR (1961). A member of the National Committee of USSR on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. A Head of Department in the Leningrad Politechnic Institute. A consulting Professor in the Central Institute of Boilers and Turbines. A.I. Lurie made a great contribution into development of mechanics and theory of control processes in Russia, in particular, into the theory of the spacecrafts control. A.I. Lurie was a brilliant teacher, and his students, many of whom became well-known scientists now, keep grateful recollections of him. A.I. Lurie was an author of fundamental works in the field of theory of elastic media and structures. His investigations advanced the operator approach in the control of systems with distributed parameters. His monograph "Some nonlinear problems of the automatic regulation theory" (1951) had a great value for the development of control theory. He made a great contribution in the theory of stability, and also in methods of description of control systems. In his works the ideas of classical mechanics were naturally united with up-to-date technical problems. For exaple, his remarkable monography "Analytical mechanics" (1961) includes developments in the cosmic dynamics, results in the theory of optimal control and in the theory of nonlinear elasticity.

Prof. A.I. Lurie wrote several fundamental works on theoretical and analytical mechanics, theory of vibrations, operational calculus and theory of automatic control, theory of shells, linear and non-linear theory of elasticity:

1. Nikolaii E.L., Lurie A.I. Vibrations of frame foundations. Leningrad, Moscow. Gosstroyizdat. 1933. 83 p. (in Russian).
2. Loytzansky L.G., Lurie A.I. Theoretical mechanics. 3 Volumes. Leningrad, Moscow. GTTI. 1934. (in Russian).
3. Lurie A.I. Statics of thin-wall shells. Moscow. Gostehizdat. 1947. 252 p. (in Russian).
4. Lurie A.I. Some non-linear problems of automatic control. Moscow. Gostehizdat. 1951. 216 p. (in Russian).
5. Lurie A.I. Operational calculus and its application in mechanics. Moscow. GITTL. 1951. 432 p. (in Russian).
6. Lurie A.I. Spatial problems of theory of elasticity. Moscow. GITTL. 1955. 492 с. (in Russian).
7. Loytzansky L.G., Lurie A.I. Course of theoretical mechanics. 2 Volumes (5th edition). Moscow. GITTL. 1955. 380 p., 596 p. (in Russian).
8. Lur'e A.I. Statics of Thin-walled Elastic Shells. State Publishing House of Technical and Theoretical Literature, Moscow, 1947; translation, AEC-tr-3798, Atomic Energy Commission, 1959.
9. Lurie A.I. Analytical Mechanics. GIFML. 1961. 824 p. (in Russian).
10. Lurie A.I. Theory of elasticity. Moscow. Nauka. 1970. 940 p. (in Russian).
12. Lurie A.I. Nonlinear theory of elasticity. Moscow. Nauka. 1980. 512 p. (in Russian).
13. Lurie A.I. Nonlinear theory of elasticity. North-Holland. Amsterdam. 1990. 617 p.
14. Lurie A.I. Analytical Mechanics. Springer. Berlin. 2001. 864 p.
15. Lurie A.I. Theory of Elasticity. Springer. Berlin. 2005. 1050 p.

                                            Lurie A.I._Analiyical Mechanics_(Foundations of Engineering Mechanics)             Lurie A.I._Theory of Elasticity_(Foundations of Engineering Mechanics)

16. Loytzansky L.G., Lurie A.I. Theoretical mechanics. 2 Volumes. "Russian Science Classics" Series. Vol.1. Statics and Kinematics, 9th edition. Moscow. Drofa, 2006. 448 p. Vol.2. Dynamics, 7th edition. Moscow. Drofa. 720 p. (in Russian).


Mechanics and Control Processes Department Prof. Loytzansky L.G., Prof. Lurie A.I.  
Prof. A.I. Lurie A.I. (left) and Prof. L.G. Loytzansky 

Monographs and text-books written by Prof. A.I. Lurie are deserved to be considered as classical and they serve as basis for education in mechanics in Russia for many years. During last 70 years these books have been republished for many times, some of them were translated into foreign languages.

Since 1977 well known in Russia and many other countries "Lurie's Department" is headed by Honored Scientist of Russian Federation, member of National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Professor, Dr. of Physical and Mechanical Sciences V.A.Palmov. 

At present time under leadership of V.A. Palmov highly-qualified department stuff is working that includes 1 Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 9 Professors, 7 Dr. of Sciencies, 11 Associate Professors, Ph.D. and 2 Professor Assistant from which 1 Ph.D. 

Under guidance of V.A. Palmov formation and development of unique system of higher class specialists training in the area of solid body mechanics, mathematical modeling of mechanical problems and control processes is being continued and developed.

Graduates of the department are successfully working in many leading Russian companies, academic institutes, construction bureaus and also in many foreign companies that specialize in creating competitive science-intensive production: machines, construction, plants, devices, technologies.

Mechanics and Control Processes Department graduates specialists in the framework of 150300 Applied Mechanics trend:

Bachelors and Masters in the following specialties:

  • "Mechanics of Deformable Bodies" (Solid and Structures Mechanics)
  • "Computational Mechanics and Computer-Aided Engineering",

especially Finite Element Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Computer-Aided Engineering

  • "Dynamics and strength of machines"
  • "BioMechatronics"

Engineers in the following specialties:

  • 150301 - " Dynamics and strength of machines"

Post-graduates in the following specialties:

  • 01.02.04 "Mechanics of deformable bodies ",
  • 01.02.06 "Dynamics and strength of machines, devices and apparatus",
  • 01.02.08 "Biomechanics",
  • 05.13.18 "Mathematical modeling, numerical methods, software"