All mechanical engineering devices are made of materials, which must be strong and stiff enough, operate in an environment where transport of matter and heat flow are of crucial importance, and must be controlled to carry out user-specified functions. The department of Mechanical Engineering is built around three knowledge pillars which are designed to reflect the department's long-term fundamental research themes. In each of these pillars the aim is to integrate fundamentals, design and manufacturing.
All engineering structures and devices are made of materials and must sustain mechanical and environmental influences. The research groups in this domain work on the analysis, processing and development of materials in the widest possible sense. This domain includes the following sections: