In the second year of the Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, you will go deeper into subjects like dynamics, surface technology, polymers, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and systems and control. As in the first year, you will combine theory (lectures and independent study) with practice (projects and workshops). By the end of the second year, you will have been introduced to all the fundamental disciplines of Mechanical Engineering and you will be ready for the third year, in which you will have more freedom of choice and choose a discipline for your graduation assignment.
During the second year’s first project, you will learn to analyse dynamic systems. Think, for example, of moving structures, such as a crane, an elbow, or an electrical toothbrush. The focus is on the structure’s movement in one direction. You will have lectures on mathematics, dynamics, system analysis and design principles for dynamic systems.
In the project you will design a consumer product, working together with students from Industrial Design Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management. Some examples of consumer products are a robot vacuum cleaner, a wine cooler for a café and a coffee machine. The theory for this project will be covered in lectures on subjects such as the theory of elasticity, tribology, and the processing and properties of polymers.
The second year’s third project in Module 7 is about fluids engineering. You will be challenged with quite complex assignments, like ice melting on the wings of an airplane during a flight or designing a heat shield for a spacecraft. The theory for this project is taught in the lectures fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
In Module 8, you will go deeper into the theory you explored in Module 5. Having looked at a construction that can move in one direction, you will now learn to analyse and (re)design a complex multi-functional system. This could be a fuel pump, a cruise control system, or a wind turbine. You will gain the necessary theoretical knowledge in lectures on continuous dynamics, buckling, system and control engineering. Module 8 brings you to the end of your second year.