Gain an in-depth understanding of the behaviour of materials and systems to ensure optimal interaction and performance within products and manufacturing processes.
Every system, whether you are talking about a machine, a wind turbine or an aircraft, can be reduced to a set of components that interact. What does it take to ensure optimal collaboration between these elements within a system? For example, how can you modify surfaces in a way that minimises wear and tear? What does it take to create highly precise movements within chip-making machines? And how can you model material behaviour to analyse and predict its suitability and performance within a production process? If you are eager to contribute to the research and development of products and manufacturing processes through an in-depth understanding of the behaviour of materials and systems, the specialisation in High-Tech Systems & Materials is right for you.
In essence, this specialisation covers four themes. First of all, you will learn about material behaviour and (nonlinear) solid mechanics. For example, how can you understand large deformation processes? Or deal with the complexity and variability of composite material behaviour? Then there are nonlinear dynamics, which help you to deal with multibody dynamics and large motions of flexible bodies, and for example to study mechanical vibration or crack growth in structures. Moreover, you will learn about system behaviour (think of control, dynamics, surface interface and interaction) as well as robust optimisation and control of production processes. All this knowledge will help you to become an all-round mechanical engineer with in-depth knowledge of material and system behaviour, that can deal with the many uncertainties and variabilities that occur in structures, products and production processes.
If you want to deepen your knowledge of mechanics, control, materials and processes on a more fundamental level but with high industrial relevancy and applicability, this is the right specialisation for you. You will become an expert in developing mathematical models and algorithms to describe the properties and behaviour of single and interacting materials and systems to put them to maximum industrial use. From researching the large deformation behaviour of high-strength steel to the properties of new thermoplastic materials and from analysing and controlling the dynamic behaviour of systems to designing a test rig for the validation of new products: your expertise will be highly relevant within R&D departments of any industrial company.
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.
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