Education

Research in the Production Technology group addresses the engineering issues of new processes related to lightweight materials. Education within the Production Technology group is directly related to these issues. Courses from the Production Technology group are given on Bachelor and Master level.

Bachelor courses

The PT contribution to the bachelor phase concentrates on basic knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of various technical materials.

  • B1: Materialscience 1
  • B1 (UT-VU): Material Science I: Metals and Alloys
  • B2: Materialscience 2
  • B2: Processing and Properties of Polymers
  • B2 (UT-VU): Material Science II: Polymers

Please find updated and more detailed information about these Bachelor courses on OSIRIS

master courses

In the Master phase the engineering issues of new products and new processes are addressed. The Production Technology specialisation within the Master Mechanical Engineering focuses on the optimisation of both the manufacturing process and the performance of lightweight materials in structural applications.

  • M: Composites
  • M: Composites Forming
  • M: Experimental Methods
  • M: Design, Production and Materials
  • M: Solids and Surfaces
  • M: Rheology and Processing of Thermoplastics
  • M: Plastic and Elastomer Engineering
  • M: Molding Technology
  • M: Process Equipment Design

Please find updated and more detailed information about these Master courses on OSIRIS

master assignments and internships

Making the proper choice: Production Technology

Research and education within PT is dedicated to understanding and making use of process-structure-property & -performance relationships, typically for lightweight constructions to be designed and manufactured in some optimal manner. We warmly welcome many students each year to perform their MSc thesis project within our chair, internally as well as externally in research institutes and companies. Obviously, you can expect that sufficient preparation is required to perform your assignment successfully. We offer several courses to enable you to do so. Note that, without this background knowledge, it will take you a lot more time to get up to speed and to reach sufficient depth in your thesis project.

For students going into the metals side of things, we recommend Design, Production and Materials (191121720) or Solids and Surfaces (191155700), as well as Moulding Technology (201400048), and possibly including Rheology & Processing of Thermoplastics (191121740). Those more engaged in polymers are recommended to follow Plastic and Elastomer Engineering (201400044), and Rheology & Processing of Thermoplastics (191121740). For a thesis in composites, you are obviously expected to do the Composites (191121710) course, and additionally a selection from Composites Forming (191121700),  Design, Production and Materials (191121720) or Solids and Surfaces (191155700), Plastics and Elastomer Engineering (201400044), and Rheology & Processing of Thermoplastics (191121740). For ME students in general, we recommend Fundamentals of Numerical Methods (201900074) and Experimental Methods (201400046), while structural engineering most often starts from Linear Solid Mechanics (201400037).

Regardless of which thesis project you work on, a literature study will be part of this work. Useful information on this aspect can be found here, for example.  

A presentation of the Production Technology group for Master students by Remko Akkerman can be found here.

Finally, a list of possible master projects is available below. List updated 12-01-2021

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