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
Do you have questions about the programme?
Welcome to a digital meeting Thursday, 7th of April, 12.00-13.00. Andreas Linderholt, program coordinator, will answer all the questions you have.
Peter wants to work within mechanical engineering field to contribute to a more sustainable world
Peter came to Växjö as an exchange student for the mechanical engineering programme and decided to study further at Linnaeus University. He sees the master programme Simulation driven product development as an opportunity to achieve his goal.
Read the interview with Peter
There is a lot of practical moments during the programme
- We do learn about the relation between theory, simulations, and experiments during the programme, and how to connect those with each other properly. We are working with professional equipment to perform experiment in our EPIC-lab. We study for example frequency response functions (FRFs) and modal analysis on several structures, like the material behavior of an aircraft wing for example.
Working with sustainability is Peter’s motivation
- I would like to work with projects contributing to a more sustainable world, for example by replacing wind turbines blades with recyclable steel. With this master programme you acquire the knowledge to perform these kinds of studies: making a FEM modal, performing modal analysis, and using frequency-based sub structuring to couple and decouple systems, postprocessing your data in simulation software, etc.
The student life at Linnaeus University is amazing
- I live on the campus and would have not chosen something else. All your friends are just 5 minutes away from you, there is lakes and nature around the corner. It is perfect for barbecue and a swim during summer or ice-skate and hikes during winter.
To be able to go abroad during your studies is interesting
The focus of the programme felt just right for Nora. She read a course in simulation during her bachelor’s in engineering and thought it was an area she would like to work with in the future.
Nora is now working as a test engineer at Husqvarna.
Read the interview with Nora
The pleasant atmosphere contributes to the success of the studies
- During the programme Simulation driven product development you work a lot in projects together with students from all over the world. This gives you the opportunity to structure and plan your work together with your classmates. Some courses and assignments are very challenging, but study with other students make it easier. The teachers always stand up for you when you need and help you to progress.
Going abroad was a great experience
- Being able to go abroad during my studies was one of the reasons I applied to the programme. I studied one semester in Lübeck in Germany where I got to know new friends which I am still in contact with. It also helps me to develop my language skills in German. It is an experience that I can highly recommend!
Stimulating work tasks and nice colleagues is the most important for Nora
- The programme allowed me to immerse myself in product development with focus on calculation and simulation, but also to get more familiar with computer programs and working methods used in working life.
After my degree, I got a job as a test engineer at Husqvarna in Jönköping. Here I can use a lot of the knowledge I acquired during my studies in the area of product development, but I also learn a lot of new things everyday!
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
In Sweden, only a few programmes offer similar content. What makes Simulation-driven product development unique is that it combines calculation technology, experimental methods, and product development from a larger perspectiv.
– 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.
The product development includes everything from aeroplanes, bicycles, to tall buildings, furniture and cell phones. The development work is mainly carried out by 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.
Several 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.
You will have good job opportunities after completing the programme.
– Earlier we were offering a 1-year master’s programme and virtually all of those students got a job pretty immediately. The 2-year master’s programme Simulation-driven product development replaced the 1-year master’s programme during the autumn of 2019. The competence that our students will have acquired after completing the new programme will be considerably greater than the former, shorter, 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 master’s degree 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)
Andreas Linderholt, professor and program coordinator, shows how to measure and control resonant frequencies. This laboration is part of the course Structural Dynamics given during the first year of the Master programme.
EPIC, our Innovation & Technology Center
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.
Jetro Pocorni, senior lecturer and responsible for the robot lab gives an overview of the equipment available in EPIC, and what you can work with as a Master student.
Watch the students from the master programme presenting their projects in the robot lab. Peter is programming an human collaborative robot, Osama is working on an industrial robot while Abhi focuses on better understanding of additive manufacturing.
Växjö – the student city with a living campus
Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.
Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.
With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also one of Europe’s greenest cities where you have easy access to nature, forest and lakes.