Research related to the Master’s in Industrial Design Engineering can be found within a variety of research groups:

Design, production and management

Within Design, production and management:

  • Design Engineering: Aims its research at the understanding and improvement of product development processes (and, consequently, manufacturing processes). This research field’s main perspective is to develop methods and tools for design(er) support to meet the requirements and constraints of the entire product life cycle
  • Human Centred Design: Focuses on supporting designers in anticipating use within open-ended design problems with societal impact, in particular design processes of products and services without a predecessor. Areas of applications range from the design of intelligent consumer products to driver support tools and medical appliances, work processes and spaces, and decision-support tools.
  • Integrated Life Cycle Management: is researching interconnection-based documentation (like a network), both for product and process documentation. Combining or connecting the product and process documentation will be advantageous in the make-to-order industry, because information flows and assembly will become a lot more efficient.
  • Interaction Design: generates knowledge on how to design for the interaction between people and the technology they surround themselves with. We focus on ways to design products and systems that people can understand and appreciate in a context where technological advancements fade the boundaries between hardware and software, device and users..
  • Maintenance Engineering: Focusses on maintenance engineering and design for maintenance: developing a maintenance program for a given capital asset (e.g., a train, radar system, or chemical plant) and developing capital assets such that they can be maintained cost effectively throughout their useful life. This is closely related to asset management.
  • Packaging Design and Management: The chair Packaging Design and Management is founded in 2006, on the initiative of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. Part of the Laboratory of Design, Production and Management, the chair is situated on the campus of the University of Twente. The aim of the chair is to raise professionalism in the field of packaging.
  • Product Market Relations: Addresses a broad array of topics in this intersection of marketing, management, and design. By their work, they attempt to get a better understanding of how firms can create a mutually beneficial exchange between a firm and its customers and to sustain that exchange in competitive and dynamic markets.
  • Production Management: Worldwide demands for goods are rapidly growing. Furthermore, these goods have to be produced and delivered within ever shorter time frames. Therefore efficient and effective production facilities play a key role in modern society.
  • Sustainable Energy & Design: Research is executed which supports a better integration of renewable and energy-efficient technologies in products, buildings or local infrastructures.  

Applied Mechanics

Within Applied Mechanics:

  •  Structural Dynamics & Acoustics: The research of the group aims at generation of new, fundamental knowledge by combining numerical and experimental techniques. Based on this knowledge engineering tools are validated and made ready for application in key industrial problems. A characteristic feature of all themes is the innovative use of advanced numerical simulation methods in a design environment.

Biomechanical Engineering

Within Biomechanical Engineering:

  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Design of Biomedical Products
  • Implant Biomechanics

The Biomechanical Engineering group (BME) is specialized in the application area of Biomedical Technology. The research aims focuses on the interaction between the human motor system and medical devices that support this system. The result of this research is applied in the development of innovative devices.

Engineering Fluid Dynamics

Within Engineering Fluid Dynamics:

  • Research of the Group Engineering Fluid Dynamics deals with theoretical, numerical and experimental studies, all aimed for applications in Mechanical Engineering.

Thermal Engineering

Within Thermal Engineering:

  • The research in the laboratory is concerned with questions related to industrial applications of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat and mass transport. Using a combined approach of theoretical analysis, numerical calculations and experimental investigations, the department aims to develop new or advanced knowledge for application in industrial design.
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