When you start the Master's Program Mechanical Engineering you immediately choose one of the department's specialization tracks. These specializations represent the different research areas of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Computational and Experimental Mechanics
The specialization Computational and Experimental Mechanics focuses on the design of products based on the materials of which they are made and the design of the process conditions that determine the product characteristics. The focus is on studying model systems rather than specific applications. The ultimate goal is to optimize existing production processes as well as to design new ones to manufacture products that better meet their requirements.
Dynamical Systems Design
The specialization track Dynamical Systems Design has a focus on predicting and influencing motion or vibration in the operation of equipment and dynamic systems amongst which machines, products and manufacturing systems. You will learn to analyze the dynamic behavior of a system both theoretically and experimentally. The challenge is to control systems to a very high level to enable completely new applications.
Thermo Fluids Engineering
Thermo Fluids Engineering focuses on the design and optimization of gas and fluid flows in installations and products such as solar panels, turbines, combustion chambers and heat exchangers. There is a focus on the desired flow behavior, heat transport and the use of sustainable energy. You will use a combination of advanced experimental methods, state-of-the-art numerical models and new theoretical techniques to tackle important problems.
Micro and Nanotechnology
Micro and Nano Technology is a relatively new technological area with enormous challenges. You will learn how to design parts, products, processes and systems at minimum scale (with micro and nano-precision) and how to assemble them. The lifetime, dynamic aspects, reliability and testing of these properties require not simply a one-to-one scaling down of the macroscopic systems but new models, new processing techniques and new computational tools.