Simulation driven Product Development is for those who want to develop the sustainable products of the future using numerical and experimental methods.
How is a product designed to meet sustainability requirements regarding performance, life, economy and the environment? During the two years of study you will gain knowledge of product development, together with a deep understanding of modern numerical methods and practical skills in experimental methods used to acquire data supporting the product development process. Upon completion of the master's program, you will be able to handle a wide range of problems in advanced mechanical engineering.
The Master's Program in Simulation Driven Product Development prepares you for a range of advanced tasks in the mechanical engineering field, within industry, where qualified engineers in computing, experimentation and product development are requested, and for further studies at doctoral level.
Master of Science (120 credits) with specilization in Simulation Driven Product Development
Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering
You will have access to the latest equipment within manufacturing and measurement technology
Andreas Linderholt, programme coordinatior: "The development of new products is expected to happen at an increasingly fast pace while at the same time there are ever larger requirements on products being cost-efficient to produce, that they generate a minimal environmental impact, are easy to maintain, and often also that they should weigh as little as possible. Allt this puts great requirements on tomorrow’s product development engineers".
Read the interview with Andreas
What is unique about Simulation-driven product development?
The programme offers a mix that we believe is unique. The students get to learn numerical calculation and simulation methods with specialisation in material mechanics and structural dynamics. The students will also acquire knowledge about experimental mechanics and signal processing. This combined provides the students with good knowledge about how reliable measurement data is collected and evaluated. The programme contains a more extensive course in product development from a larger perspective, as well as a course in industrial production. The aim of the latter is to provide the students with an understanding of how products that are developed are then produced in an efficient way.
In Sweden, only a few programmes with similar content are offered. The combination of calculation technology, experimental methods, and product development from a larger perspective makes the programme Simulation-driven product development unique.
To develop the products of the future sounds exciting, tell us more!
The products that are comprised are, in short, all products! It can be anything from aeroplanes, bicycles, and tall buildings to furniture and cell phones. To a large extent, the development work is carried out using models in computer environments.
Naturally, there is also a need for good ideas to choose from. After the selection process, models of different types are developed; most commonly CAD and numerical models. The latter are also used to calculate how the product will behave, the life-span of the product, and so on. Somewhere along the development chain, verification tests are often carried out to secure that the calculation models that have been used represent the real product to a satisfactory degree and that the results provided by the models are correct.
Will students have contact with the industry during their studies?
Yes, a number of companies have shown support for the development of the programme. We will establish a programme council with representatives from the industry. It should also be mentioned that we have lab facilities and a workshop that will be used frequently on the programme, located in the completely new EPIC building. Epic was inaugurated in 2018 and is a large building on campus in Växjö, filled with the latest equipment within manufacturing and measurement technology. EPIC is the result of a collaboration between primarily the department of mechanical engineering at Linnaeus University, Växjö municipality, and the business cluster GoTech. EPIC is a place where natural meetings with representatives from the industry can take place.
What job opportunities do I have after completing the programme?
We are currently offering a 1-year master’s programme and virtually all students on that programme get a job within the manufacturing industry shortly after completing their studies. The 2-year master‘s programme Simulation-driven product development will replace the current 1-year master’s. The competence that that our students will have acquired after completing the new programme will be considerably greater than after completing the current programme. A 2-year master’s is also the standard in the industry and presents new possibilities for employment at larger companies that often require a 2-year master’s or a degree of master of science in engineering.
More information about the programme
Courses within the programme
Year 1, semester 1
- 1MA465, Multivariable Calculus and Vector Calculus, 7,5 credits
- 4MT317, Continuum Mechanics, 4,5 credits
- 4MT318, Scientific Methodology and Planning, 3 credits
- 4MT315, Structural dynamics, 7,5 credits
- 4MT003, The Finite Element Method, 7,5 credits
Year 1, semester 2
- 4BY368, The Finite Element Method II, 5 credits
- 4MT319, CAE driven Product Development, 10 credits
- 4MT320, Material mechanics, 7,5 credits
- 4MT321, Sustainable Production, 7,5 credits
Year 2, semester 3
- 4MT322, Experimental Mechanics, 7,5 credits
- 4MT324, Rigid body dynamics and simulation, 5 credits (only available in Swedish)
- 4MT325, Advanced Structural Dynamics: modeling, testing and validation, 5 credits
- 4MT323, Scientific Methodology II, 5 credits
- 4ED344, Signal Processing, 7,5 credits
Year 2, semester 4
- 5MT35E, Degree Project, 30 credits (only available in Swedish)
Read more about EPIC
Epic stands for entrepreneurship, production, innovation and communication and is the name of our Innovation & Technology Center; the laboratory building which is located directly adjacent to the department's premises.
EPIC is a creative and welcoming knowledge environment that offers the very latest technology for the manufacturing industry.
The machine park is based on utility and co-production with industry, and includes equipment for automation and production systems, robotics, production simulation, manufacturing processes, structural dynamics (including sound and vibration) and non-destructive testing, measurement and control systems, IT-related equipment such as sensors, IT- infrastructure, control, etc. LNU's students can use the machine park for their laboratory work within their programs and courses.
EPIC is a meeting point for co-production with technology companies and a platform for investments in teaching and research projects.
Roughly 15 minutes with a bike from the city centre, you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. It is like a small society with the university, student accommodation, and student life. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.
What will you come across on an excursion in Växjö – the city of contrasts? You will find good restaurants, a celebrated hockey team, and cozy cafés where you can enjoy a latte with lingonberry flavour. In Växjö, beautiful nature is always just around the corner; the city is surrounded by lakes and forests. Students like the combination of the city centre and the active student life on campus. Your dream of the future starts here!