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Design of Mechanical Systems

Design of Mechanical Systems

Design of Mechanical Systems

The design and manufacturing of most of the products we use in our everyday life have in some way involved the work of a mechanical engineer. The mechanical engineer has either been directly involved in the design and development process of the product and/or in the design and development process of the manufacturing equipment. Furthermore, the global competition has increased the demands for efficiency and functionality in industrial products. Therefore, the world needs engineers who can develop advanced and competitive mechanical systems, machines and products. The Master's programme in Design of Mechanical Systems prepares you for meeting such challenges.

Combine your technical and creative skills

The Master's programme in Design of Mechanical Systems at Aalborg University focuses on design and development of industrial products through the use of both theory and practice. Thereby, you learn how to combine technical and creative skills and obtain profound knowledge about the entire design and development process.
The programme gives you insight into a wide range of design tools essential for a mechanical engineer. The classical engineering disciplines such as mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, and variational methods are combined with courses on the latest computer based simulation tools like finite element methods, optimisation methods and multi body system analysis methods. The use of composite materials for advanced structural applications is one of the key areas of the programme, and you will learn how to use these for engineering design purposes.

This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

The programme offers courses and projects within the following fields:

  • Stress and deformation analyses of load carrying structural elements
  • Continuum mechanics (theory of elasticity, plasticity, and micro mechanics)
  • Finite element methods
  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue
  • Energy and variational methods with applications
  • Multi body system analysis
  • Engineering design optimization
  • Mechanics of composite materials and structures
  • Engineering design of mechanical systems

Close collaboration with industrial partners

Students from the Design of Mechanical Systems programme have done projects in collaboration with or internships at a number of Danish and international companies. This includes wind turbine manufacturers such as Vestas and Siemens Wind Power where students have been involved in several projects related to the design and development of wind turbines.
Other examples include crash simulation in cooperation with Ford Motor Company in Germany, simulation model of a dumper in cooperation with Hydrema, bio mechanical analysis of ligament injuries together with biomedical scientists and a variety of other industrial relevant projects.
 

 

as a student at aau you encounter …

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.

TEAMWORK

When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.

COLLABORATION WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.

YOUR TEACHER DOES RESEARCH

At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.

WORLD-CLASS LABORATORIES

The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

studying in aalborg

As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.

RATED FOR EXELLENCE

Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.


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Facts About the Programme

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

learn more about Pbl at aau