Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering – Structural Mechanics
Work with advanced product development in coordinated processes – predicting and optimising performance using both virtual and physical modelling.
This study programme gives you the the ability to, among other things, control virtual and physical modelling, simulation, experimental investigation and optimisation. A degree leads to future roles in advanced product development or research in mechanical engineering.
Advanced product development with several dimensions
The programme prepares for work with to advanced product development or to conduct research in mechanical engineering. On completion of the programme, you should master a coordinated method of working with analysis from several parallel subprocesses to support decisions in the product development process.
A diversity of tasks – a diverse competence
You work with a multitude of tasks – virtual and physical modelling, simulation, experimental investigation and optimisation. You acquire a solid basis for working with performance prediction and ensuring that new products achieve their intended function, using your specialised knowledge in mathematics, numerical calculation methods, measurement technology, analysis of vibrations, acoustics and fracture mechanics.
The programme consists of 120 credits and leads to a two-year Master’s degree.
The tuition fee is SEK 60 000 per semester, one semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits. EU/EEA citizens are not required to pay fees.
Mathematics or Physics
Engineering and research methodology
Electrical engineering and mechatronics
This programme prepares you for participation in advanced product development or research in mechanical engineering. After completing the degree, you master virtual and physical modelling, simulation, experimental investigation and optimisation, among other things.
The aim of the programme is to prepare for participation in advanced product development or research in mechanical engineering. The goal is that, after completing the degree, you will be able to use a coordinated approach to analysis for decision support in the product development process. The working method includes the sub-moments virtual and physical modelling, simulation and experimental investigation and optimisation respectively.
The method of working may, in brief, be described as follows:
1. Virtual models for descriptions of interesting product qualities and behaviours are developed, verified, and used for simulation of the functionality of the system. These virtual models are also used to construct and design good physical models and measurement strategies.
2. The simulation result is compared to experimental results from examinations of delimited parallelly developed physical models, or to experiences from previous developments, with the aim of validating the virtual models.
3. The process is repeated until sufficient correspondence is reached. Simulation with the virtual model can then be used for optimisation. If the optimisation indicates a need of changes that affect the relevance for the model in question, the whole process will be repeated. More detailed descriptions are, when need be, added gradually to the model during the ongoing development of the analysed product. At the development of an entirely new product various reiterations of usually needed. When a new variant of a product is being developed, previous experiences may, to a great extent be reutilized,
To get the most out of this study programme, it is vital that you study relevant research and increase your ability to use modern tools for visualisation and documentation to communicate your own contributions with scientific facts.
Note! The course list is tentative. See the programme syllabus for an established course list.
Courses autumn semester 2023
Foundations for Strategic Sustainable Development, 7,5 credits
Differential Equations with Lie Group Analysis, 7,5 credits
Dynamics of Mechanical Systems, 7,5 credits
Signal Processing, 7,5 credits
Courses spring semester 2024
Structural Analysis, 7,5 credits
Digital Twins, 7,5 credits
Computational Engineering 1, 7,5 credits
Sound and Vibration Analysis, 7,5 credits
Courses autumn semester 2024
Simulation-driven Design, 7,5 credits
Computational Engineering 2:1, 7,5 credits
Experimental and numerical modal analysis, 7,5 credits
Courses spring semester 2025
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The research subject of mechanical engineering has a direction towards product development and focuses on how a digital and model-driven work method in technical product development can lead to innovations that fit into a sustainable society.
Yujie came from China to Blekinge Institute of Technology in 2018 as an exchange student and graduated in 2019 with a double degree in mechanical engineering. Yujie describes his semester abroad at BTH as one of the most precious experience in his life.
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Sharlin studied the Master’s Programme in Mechanical Engineering. Since 2,5 years she is living in Karlskrona, which she experienced as very different to her hometown in Bangladesh.
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