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Mechanical engineers focus on the design and analysis of machinery, structures and products. The Masters programme in Mechanical Engineering zooms in on one of these disciplines.
Almost every aspect of our modern world is in some way a product of mechanical engineering, from power stations and oil refineries to steel plants, flood barriers and hearing aids. Mechanical engineers are behind all of our modern means of transport and they are also responsible for innovations in fields such as biomedicine. Our research focuses on developing expertise that spans the entire life cycle of systems and objects, from initiation to design, production, operation, maintenance and demolition, inspired by the ideals of benefit to society and respect for the environment. From large scale installations to precision medical devices, mechanical engineers put high-tech solutions in a human context. The Masters programme in Mechanical Engineering will train you to be an expert who understands the entire process, from generating initial ideas to design and analysis, onward to the development of products, processes, systems and maintenance and end of life recycling. The programme offers unique opportunities to combine various disciplines and will encourage you push the envelope of what is possible.
This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.
New developments in functional prosthetics, special wheelchairs and countless other rehabilitation and orthopaedic aids have been made possible through biomechanical engineering. This specialization focuses on the use of mechanical engineering technology and methodology to address health care problems. In this specialization, you will become part of an approach that takes the end users into consideration as an essential aspect of product development (care/cure). In addition to mechanical engineering aspects, it addresses relevant issues from a medical perspective and highlights the contribution of other technical disciplines (electrical engineering in particular). Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering that includes a minor in Mechanical Engineering are eligible for admission to this specialization.
Design Production and Management:
When launching a new product, it is important to progress quickly and efficiently through the product development stages that lead from concept to final product. This calls for flexibility and effectiveness when introducing and implementing design tools and methods. Products should be designed with the manufacturing and assembly process in mind. It is essential to go beyond the question of 'How do I make a product?'. Other key questions are: How do I ensure that the necessary parts and tools come together at the right time? How do I deal with failures? How should I schedule machine maintenance? Producers need to address issues such as logistics, the supply chain and transport management. Technology can support these processes and mean the difference between a successful product and a failure. As we move toward the future, new systems will have to be designed and existing systems will have to be improved to achieve greater efficiency. This specialization looks at time efficiency in production processes and ways to achieve the highest quality at the lowest possible cost. In addition to a specialist knowledge of technology, it requires a keen eye for business administration.
Engineering and fluid dynamics:
Engineering Fluid Dynamics focuses on the theoretical, numerical and experimental aspects of how gases and fluids flow and how this behaviour applies to mechanical engineering. This wide-ranging field addresses key issues in the field of mechanical engineering. How will a car or an aircraft respond to conditions in a wind tunnel? How do you set about achieving the best possible mix of fluids? How can flows in pumps and turbines be described with a view to improving their yield? What can be done to support human pulmonary function or blood saturation? If you have a Bachelorâs in Applied Physics with a minor in Mechanical Engineering, then this specialization will be ideal for you.
Maintenance Engineering & Operations:
Maintenance is vital to ensuring the availability, reliability and cost effectiveness of technical systems. It involves analysing failure behaviour and improving performance through the engineering and optimization of maintenance strategies and concepts. The Maintenance Engineering & Operations (MEO) specialization focuses on improving the maintenance of technical systems, using research into design methods, physical failure mechanisms, structural health and condition monitoring. Other key areas include reliability engineering, advanced planning methods and maintenance management. The courses will provide you with the tools not only to engineer innovative maintenance solutions, but also to take part in decision-making regarding maintenance procedures for technical installations. The involvement of four research groups makes this multidisciplinary specialization on the cutting edge of research and industry. Maintenance is a varied field and offers many challenges, from reliability engineering and condition-based maintenance, to after sales service logistics and asset life cycle management.
Multi Scale Mechanics:
How does the micro-structure of materials and fluids affect their material properties? Can modern numerical tools like DEM/FEM or CFD help us understand the fascinating ways in which modern materials and tools behave? What approach should we take to improving engineering machines and tools? Multi Scale Mechanics explores the world of fluids and solids, particles and their contacts, granular materials and powders, micro fluid systems and self-healing materials to help us answer questions like these. This involves a variety of multi-scale theory and modelling approaches such as microscopic/discrete models for fluids and solids, micro-macro transition for constitutive relations, and continuum CFD/FEM based on micro-properties. Researchers in this specialization work together with industry in areas such as the testing and optimization of modern/complex materials, sound and wave propagation for oil exploration, powder flow behaviour, mixing and segregation, sintering and self-healing.
Mechanics of Solids, Surfaces & Systems (MS3):
Creating new and better materials and products as well as the machinery required to manufacture these products is the focus of the MS3 specialization. Manufacturing new products and/or developing new processes requires a profound scientific understanding of the materials and their interactions throughout the complete life cycle: during production, while in use and following their service life. The background of our research activities is formed by the mechanics of materials and systems for small and large deformations in quasi-static and dynamic conditions. The products and the manufacturing systems are typically on the microscopic to macroscopic scale, and our research also encompasses the submicron range. As an MS3 student, you will be trained to solve the industrial problems of today and tomorrow.
In this specialization you will explore the design and testing of new methods and installations (e.g. incineration in gas turbines and the use of fluidized beds for waste incineration). In this Master's specialization you will explore the design and testing of new methods and installations (e.g. incineration in gas turbines and the use of fluidized beds for waste incineration). Thermal Engineering looks at vital issues such as how to manage our energy resources as efficiently as possible and how to prevent negative environmental impact. You will work closely with fellow students in a range of fields, including fluid dynamics and chemical engineering.
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