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Programme Structure

COMPULSORY COURSES

AUTUMN

  • Continuum Mechanics 10 ECTS
    Description: The objective is to provide students basis for analyzing complex geometries from the theory of elasticity. Focus is on the formulation of the basic equations and analytical methods for solving these equations. Experimental work in Mechanics of Materials
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in ME or equivalent
    Exam: Oral & report, 7-scale, External– An approved project is a prerequisite for the exam.
  • Finite Element Method 5 ECTS
    Description: The goal for the course is to give the students the necessary skills to develop and use the Finite Element Method (FEM) for calculation strength, flexibility and thermodynamic aspects. The students will be introduced to the fundamental theory behind linear FEM. The students will both make their own programs and use advanced commercial software.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in ME or equivalent
    Exam: Written, 7-scale, External

SPRING

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship 5 ECTS
    Description: The aim of the course will be to teach students, with an engineering and scientific background, key elements in the innovation process of existing companies and key elements in the creation of new start-up companies.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor degree in Engineering.
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, Internal.
  • Mechanical Vibrations 5 ECTS
    Description: Fundamental issues in the field of Mechanical Vibrations  for discrete and continuous systems. Theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and measurements
    Prerequisites: Basic statics, dynamics, Kinematics and Kinetics.
    Exam:  Written,  7-scale, Internal
  • Optimization Algorithms and Programming 5 ECTS
    Description: Development of elementary algorithms for optimization. Implementation of algorithms into simple programs, and presentation of results in e.g. graphical illustrations. The algorithms include size/shape optimization and topology optimization.
    Prerequisites: None
    Exam: Internal, Pass/Not Pass, Based on approval of exercises.

 


SPECIALISED STUDY PACKAGES

Choose two of the specialised study packages:

AUTUMN

Structural Mechanics

The package addresses the need of important knowledge in analytical and numerical solutions of structural Mechanics problems. It will provide the students with important skills to design, simulate and verify mechanical structures and components with complex shapes, materials and loads. The Package will give the students insight into current research topics and industrial applications.
Prerequisites: Basics skills in Continuum Mechanics and Finite Element Theory for continua

  • Beams and Plates 5 ECTS
    Description: Bernoulli-Euler beam theory. Timoshenko beam theory. Variational principles. Stress and strain concepts.
    Prerequisites: Continuum Mechanics and Finite Element Method (Maybe concurrently)
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, External
  • FEM for Nonlinear Materials and Geometry 10 ECTS
    Description: Using Finite Element Method for complex simulations. Numerical solutions of partial differential equations, Superelements, Geometric and Materials nonlinearity, Contact analysis, Enhanced elements
    Prerequisites: Continuum Mechanics and Finite Element Method (Maybe concurrently)
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, Internal

Fluid Dynamics

The package addresses the need of important knowledge in analytical and numerical solutions of Fluid Dynamics problems. It will provide the students with important skills to describe, analyse and simulate fluid dynamics, ranging from ideal via laminar to turbulent flows. The Package will give the students insight into current research topics and industrial applications such as wind turbines.
​Prerequisites:Classical Mechanics, Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

  • Computational Dynamics 5 ECTS
    Description: The objective of the course is to give the student a broad and multidisciplinary understanding of Computational Fluid Dynamics.
    Prerequisites: Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence (Maybe concurrently)
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, Internal
  • Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence 10 ECTS
    Description: Fluids are flowing everywhere: Wind turbines, buildings, rivers, oceans, gas pipes and many more examples. The goal of this course is to bring this diversity to the attention of students, and to give a solid understanding of Fluid dynamics and turbulence its equations as well as analytical solutions.
    Prerequisites: Classical Mechanics, Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
    Exam: Written and oral, 7-scale, Internal
     

From 2018:

  • Robotics Robotics 5 ECTS
  • Control and Sensor Technology 10 ECTS

 

SPRING

Dynamics

The package addresses the need of important knowledge in analytical and numerical solutions of structural dynamics problems. It will provide the students with important skills to simulate and verify dynamics of structures with multiple degrees of freedoms. Simulation will use advanced formulation as discrete element and reduction methods. The Package will give the students insight into current research topics and industrial applications such as wind turbines and vehicles.
​Prerequisites: Basic Dynamics and programming Knowledge

  • Computational Dynamics 5 ECTS
    Description: The course objectives are systematic modeling of kinematics and dynamics of machines represented as multibody systems. Based on matrix algebra, vector calculus and partial and time derivatives, machine components and their variation in time are represented in a mathematical format. Effective for numerical simulations.
    Prerequisites: Basic dynamics
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, Internal
  • Dynamic Systems with Applications 10 ECTS
    Description: The course aims to provide an essential background for vibration analysis of systems with many degree of freedom, continuous systems and nonlinear systems. The course include discrete element formulation and different reduction methods for modal analysis. The course will include theory, programming and experimental work. Introduction to advanced topics such as discrete element formulations. Different reduction methods for flexible body representation is presented.
    Prerequisites: Mechanical Vibrations (Maybe concurrently)
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, External

 

Fracture and Composits

The package addresses  the knowledge of analysing fibre composite structures, fracture mechanics and fatigue of both composites and other materials such as steel structures. The packages will content both the theoretical basics and numerical solutions. When designing lightweights constructions with modern materials the fracture mechanics validations of the design and estimating the lifetime of a component becomes more and more important. The Package will give the students insight into current research topics.
​Prerequisites: Basics skills in Continuum Mechanics and Finite Element Theory for continua.. Recommended: Basic skills in Beam theory and Composite Manufacturing.

  • Fracture Mechanics 10 ECTS
    Description: The objective is to introduce advanced topics in solid mechanics such as linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics, and fatigue. In the course the theoretical basis for the subject areas are accounted for with the purpose to acquire basic understanding of the theory, and focus is especially on computational aspects based on the finite element method.
    Prerequisites: Continuum Mechanics and Finite Element Method
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, External
  • Mechanics of Composite Materials 5 ECTS
    Description: Due to the unique composition of composites and laminated materials their structural behavior and failure phenomena differs from the classical homogenous, isotropic materials. During the course students will gain, in a systematic way, an understanding and knowledge of behavior of laminated composites throughout their life time.  The course will include mechanics and failiure analysis of composite materials.
    Prerequisites: Continuum Mechanics. Beams and Plates are recommended.
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, External

Termo Machinery

The package addresses the need of important knowledge in analytical and numerical solutions of thermodynamic and thermo/turbo machinery problems. It will provide the students with important skills to analyse, simulate problems where energy are transferred between solids and fluid. The Package will give the students insight into current research topics and industrial applications such as wind turbines, heat exchangers and pumps.
​Prerequisites: Basic thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer and programming knowledge.

  • Termodynamics and Heat Transfer 10 ECTS
    Description: Engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer is associated with the study, design and operation of machines, with the thermal properties of matter, and with chemical reactions. The field is based on the classical laws of thermodynamics. Statistical thermodynamics is the study of how thermodynamic quantities such temperature, entropy and heat capacity arise from the microscopic behavior of a system.
    Prerequisites: Basic thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer and programming knowledge.
    Exam: Oral, 7-scale, External
  • Turbo Machinery and Compressible Fluids 5 ECTS
    Description: The subject of turbomachinery is concerned with a wide range of machines that transfer energy between a rotor and a fluid. It includes the study of technologies such as steam, gas and hydro turbines, pumps, compressors and blowers.
    Prerequisites: Bachelor course in Thermodynamics.
    Exam: Written - 7-scale, Internal - Approved assignments is a  prerequisite for the exam.

 Each study package amounts to 15 ECTS credits. By combining these study packages and concluding your studies with a thesis, you can become a specialist in relevant fields of study.


 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Choose courses from the specialised study packages or other courses at the Department of Engineering, and the broader Faculty of Science approved by the study program manager. AU Course Catalouge: kursuskatalog.au.dk/en/

Elective courses to be offered from AY2017/18 (besides project and study courses):

  • Control Theory
  • Industrial Engineering Research and Development Project
  • Advanced numerical methods in fluid dynamics
  • Computational Nanomaterials
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Stastical Analysis of Experimental Data

 

The individual student:

  • must have all compulsory courses
  • must select 2 full specialisation packages
  • can maximum have 10 ECTS point in Mechanical Engineering Research and Development Projects
  • can maximum have 10 ECTS point study group courses

For further information on the structure of the programme please see the academic regulations for master's degree programmes.

Study Structure

Study structure:


 

Elective courses (credit module)

Course registration regarding compulsory courses and courses that are a part of specialised study packages must take place via the self-service facility at mit.au.dk during the registration periods.

Registration for elective courses at Science and Technology:

  1. Please make sure that the courses in question are included in your study contract.
  2. The following elective courses are preapproved by the Study Board – course registration must be directly via the self-service facility at mit.au.dk:

Preapproved course (credit module)

Provider
Random Vibrations Civil and Architectural Engineering
Structural Dynamics and Mechanics of wind turbines Civil and Architectural Engineering

All other elective courses from e.g. Computer Science, Bioscience, Chemistry, Geoscience, Sport Science, BSS, Summer school and ASE diploma courses requires prior approval and credit module enrollment. Please apply for prior approval in enrollment periods prior to the semester where you want to take courses.

  1. The course in question must be evident from your Study Contract.
  2. When your study contract has been approved by your Degree Programme Coordinator, you must send an application via The Self-service Facility at mit.au.dk (Please choose the form “Prior approval for courses within AU.") 

Please notice that the deadline regarding application for a prior approval is the same as the course registration period. You find the course registration deadlines here.

Please notice that course registration is binding after the registration period. And please notice that the courses may chance with respect to content, course name etc. Check the courses at the AU Course Catalogue.

Unusual circumstances - when you need to change your course registration:

A. Cancellation of a course or when courses are coinciding: Please contact Maja Frank (mf@au.dk) as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

B. Other instances: Send a reasoned application for an exemption to the Study Board via mit.au.dk as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

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