Become an expert in the research and development of sustainable energy systems, processes, and equipment with high performance, and minimal environmental impact.
What is the most effective and efficient design for a wind turbine, or a heat pump? Can you find innovative approaches to ensure electric car batteries stay cool and free from overheating risks? And what is the potential of hydrogen as a transformative solution for energy storage and sustainable transport? If you are eager to become a driving force in the development of high-performance, environmentally friendly energy systems, processes, and equipment, the specialisation in Energy & Flow is the right choice for you. You will be at the forefront of engineering and research areas that are essential for the transition to a resilient and sustainable society, using in-depth insights into fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, advanced materials, acoustics and sustainable design.
This specialisation covers all aspects that deal with the sustainable generation, transport, storage and use of energy. This includes the development and optimisation of energy systems such as wind turbines, solar panels, heat pumps, compressors, boilers, gas turbines and others, but also a deeper, fundamental understanding of the underlying principles regarding the physics of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, solid mechanics, chemistry, (solid or granular) materials, multi-scale mechanics, et cetera. With your expertise, you will be able to address phenomena acting at vastly different scales – from small blood pumps to large hydro-power plants – and translate this knowledge into innovative technologies that can improve or replace current energy systems, processes and equipment.
This specialisation entails a strong combination of fundamental, theoretical and experimental knowledge, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests. Whether you want to dive deeper into the mathematics behind computational fluid dynamics or you want to focus more on experimental design optimisation: you will be able to work on projects that are highly relevant to society and industry, especially sustainable energy systems. This specialisation also offers exciting opportunities in other fields, such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, and maritime. You might, for example, work on emerging cooling techniques for aircraft or data centres, or analyse fluid flow in the human brain to gain insights into disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Or what about recovering carbon black from used tires and using it to produce environmentally-friendly tires? The possibilities are endless, and this specialisation provides an excellent foundation for a fulfilling and impactful career.
What will you learn?
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.