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
More about the programme
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.
Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.
Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.
Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.