Mechanical Engineering 1 - Autumn 2017

European companies face ever-increasing competition as well as experiencing a decrease in product lifetime. This causes a demand for a decreased time-to-market and for an efficient design process. This study path focuses on the design process and project management, providing students with an understanding of the functions and management of a modern design environment. This is combined with major mechanical disciplines such as the theory of structural vibrations, manufacturing processes and modern computer aided simulation.


Experts in Teams (F-EIT5 - 10 ECTS)
The project makes practical use of the course theory. It will be carried out in inter-disciplinary groups, the so-called ‘Experts in Teams’. The objective is to train the students in cross cultural cooperation, innovation and entrepreneurship, including preparation of a business plan. With students from at least two study programs the students will create an interdisciplinary platform. Students will work on the project within their own academic discipline in depth and throughout the process they will coordinate with the rest of the team. Possible focus areas are automation, sustainable energy systems, structures, robotics and mechanisms. 

Computer Aided Simulation (X-CAS1 - 5 ECTS)
This course introduces a variety of modelling and simulation techniques. Some of the main topics are advanced modelling of parts using a high-end 3D CAD program, design and dynamical analysis of 3D mechanisms, stress analysis of components and structure optimisation.

Structural Vibrations (X-VIB1 - 5 ECTS)
Vibration analysis is important to different fields of engineering, including construction, machine design, fluid flow, etc. This course unit introduces students to structural vibrations. It outlines the various steps involved in a vibration analysis of an engineering system and explains the essential definition and concept of vibration. 

Optimization Engineering (M-OPE1 - 5 ECTS)
The course is designed to provide engineering students a view of optimisation as a tool for engineering decision making. Students will be given a fundamental introduction to the optimisation techniques and an opportunity to learn how to solve them using computer based (numerical) optimisation techniques. 

Choose one elective course (5 ECTS)

Experimental Fluid Mechanics (M-XFLU - 5 ECTS)

This course introduces methods and techniques for measurement and data analysis in experimental fluid mechanics, e.g. study of aerodynamic in wind tunnel and hydrodynamics in pipes and ducts.

The course takes place in August. Only limited student capacity on the course (12 seats) which are allocated to the first applicants.


Composite Materials and Manufacturing (M-COM - 5 ECTS)
The course is designed to make an introduction to composite materials, and to the manufacturing methods used to produce them. Some of the main topics are fiber configurations, mechanical behavior, and various kinds of manufacturing methods. 

Hydraulic Systems (M-HYD1 - 5 ECTS)
The course is designed to make an introduction to different types of hydraulic systems, simple open systems and closed systems.
The course will include design and construction of hydraulic components (pumps, cylinders, motors, accumulators and valves), cooling systems, tanks, filters and pipes in a hydraulic system. 

Functional Rapid Prototyping (M-RAP - 5 ECTS)

3D print is very useful for prototyping but how can we use 3D printing in a functional way? Topics to be addressed in the course will include assessment of critical concept functionalities, optimisations in relation to functional requirements, balance of approximations /split between new and traditional methods, simulation methods, production of functional prototypes with additive manufacturing technology, and verification of functionality.


Vehicle Dynamics (X-VDY – 5 ECTS)

The course is designed to provide engineering students knowledge about vehicle dynamics, that means forces, moments, frictions, dynamics and stiffness. Stability, control and handling performance of a vehicle. Steering systems and suspension systems.


Further Information: Henrik Johnsen Vindt, International Coordinator,
Semester Duration: 1 September to 31 January
Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA citizens: 1 April 
                                    EU/EEA citizens: 1 May

This recommended study path is offered in the autumn semester only.

Course Features
All Recommended Study Paths at the Faculty of Engineering include:
- Real life projects
- Project teams
- Good study facilities

Entry Requirements
General requirements: Two years of mechanical engineering or similar studies (i.e. the student must have achieved c. 120 ECTS by study start at the Faculty of Engineering) and good command of English.
Specific requirements: Please refer to the individual course descriptions.

Possible Combinations
Other courses from the other Recommended Study Paths, provided no timetable conflicts occur. Please contact the international coordinator about this. Please note that if you choose a Recommended Study Path we can guarantee that no courses will conflict.

The programme is offered in Odense

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