Transforming to a resilient and sustainable society with engineering
The Energy and Flow specialisation focuses on the top engineering and research areas crucial to the transition to a resilient and sustainable society: the development of sustainable energy systems, efficient processes and high-performance innovative equipment, and minimal environmental impact. This requires a multidisciplinary approach involving fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, advanced materials, acoustics, sustainable design and economics.
Fundamental scientific questions addressing phenomena acting at vastly different scales need to be answered and translated into innovative technology. Examples in the field of Energy and Flow include: heat pumps, wind turbines, energy storage and harvesting, aeroplanes, pumps and compressors, gas turbines, pyrolysis in fluidized beds, biomass conversion processes, thermal solar, thermal management of batteries, multi-scale systems, interface and thin layer flows, contact mechanics and friction, and granular flows.
The specialisation is an in-depth programme focusing on classic fundamental topics such as fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Interdisciplinary courses on multiphase flow, energy conversion and storage technology, energy from biomass, fuel cells and computational fluid dynamics, and specialist courses on for example aero-acoustics applied courses on turbo-machinery and wind energy. Fluid and material behaviour play a crucial role either in processes (granular material) or in structural parts (composite materials), and new areas include multifunctional materials and metamaterials fulfilling a role in for example energy storage as well as in acoustic damping.
Since its inception in the 1960s, the University of Twente has had a strong research presence in the field of fluid dynamics and thermal engineering, with excellent interdisciplinary collaborations with other groups in the university’s Faculty of Engineering Technology and on an international level. The Energy and Flow specialisation builds on this rich history: UT’s academic staff in Twente has an excellent scientific track record in publications, and an extensive national and international network of successful collaborations in industry and with research institutes. The research groups involved in the Energy and Flow specialisation cover the full range of research topics listed above. Professionals with a specialisation in Energy and Flow can make the difference for our future sustainable society by developing innovative technology in this field.
The specialisation includes a mandatory internship in a company or at a research institute, culminating in a final MSc assignment to be completed internally (at a research group) or externally (a research institute or company). The research can be experimental or theoretical, including numerical simulations, as well as fundamental or focused on a specific application. A final MSc assignment at the university allows the student to benefit from excellent available laboratory and computational facilities, such as bench-scale facilities and pilot-plants for thermal conversion processes, a top competitive (aero-acoustic) wind tunnel facility for (wind turbine and aircraft) aerodynamics and aero-acoustics, a specialized high-tech lab facility for thin-layer flow and a new laboratory for functional materials for all kinds of energy applications.
As a Mechanical Engineering student enrolled in the Energy and Flow specialisation, you will be expertly trained in the translation of fundamental insights from physics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, chemistry, materials and nature into urgently needed solutions for one of society’s major problems.
The specialisation is a good start for a career in industry or at scientific institutes and is also an excellent foundation for pursuing a PhD degree in physics or engineering (for a future scientific career) or a PDEng degree (for a future degree in the professional field).