Master in Mechanical Engineering - Advanced Composite Engineering and Science (M-ENG ACES)

General

Program Description

Advanced Composite Engineering and Science (M-ENG ACES)

This Master develops skills for providing innovative and optimized solutions in the design and manufacturing of composite materials for research and in industry.

The performance of fiber-reinforced organic-matrix composites and structures are influenced by the constituting materials and the processing stage. Composite mechanical design can be efficiently and optimally performed when one has a good understanding of manufacturing influences and constraints. Therefore, the courses offered in this program will provide a theoretical and experimental emphasis on the relationships between constituents, processing, and structural design.

The program of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Advanced Composite Engineering and Science is one of four specialisms available within the Mechanical Engineering stream.

The language of instruction is English across the two years.

Curriculum

Course Content - M1
30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M1 - Autumn Semester Courses ECTS M1 - Spring Semester Courses ECTS
Continuum Mechanics 5 Engineering Materials 5
Fluid Mechanics 5 Constitutive Laws 5
Programming and Algorithms 4 Structural Mechanics 5
Numerical Methods 4 Computer-aided Design 5
Vibration and Differential Equations 4 Mechanical Design 4
Business Environment 4 Conferences and Initiation to Research 2
Modern Languages 4 Modern Languages 4
NB Course content may be subject to minor changes

Course Content - M2

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M2 - Autumn Semester Courses ECTS M2 - Spring Semester
ECTS
Composite Constituents and Processes 3 Master Thesis or Industrial Internship 30
Composites Characterization 4
Composite Processing Modelling 3
Composite Structures 4
Manufacturing System Organization 4
Multi-Physics Modelling for Processes 4
Modern Languages 4
Project 4
Conferences -

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes.

Internships

Examples of previous internships in the industry:

  • Product design of composite motorcyclist protection.
  • Sol-gel functionalization by nano-particle entrapping: a formulation for transparency.
  • Edge sealing and release agent optimization for aeronautic composite processes.

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Composite design with multi-objective optimization.
  • In-situ compression of carbon-fiber reinforcements in X-Ray Tomography.
  • Modeling and characterization of thin-film piezoelectric materials.

Skills Developed

  • Simulate and optimize composite mechanical design and manufacturing using numerical tools.
  • Model materials’ behavior and physics involved in composite processes.
  • Characterize and manufacture composite materials.

In addition, to the above specialism-specific skills, students will also develop more general skills:

  • Identify models, perform simulation and analyze results.
  • Communicate comprehensive results in a meaningful way.
  • Undertake bibliographic surveys of international research and professional literature.
  • Manage or be part of a project.

Prospects for employment or further study

  • Sectors: Aeronautics, Automotive, Transportation, Wind, and Marine Energy, Materials Producers, Consulting.
  • Fields: Mechanical Engineering, Design, Materials, Advanced Processes, Manufacturing, Research, and Innovation.
  • Positions: Mechanical Engineer, Process Engineer, Design Engineer, Research and Innovation Engineer (post Ph.D.), Consultant.

Faculty and Research Facilities

This Master relies on the Centrale Nantes’ faculty, staff and research facilities of the GeM Institute, the LHEEA Laboratory, and the LS2N Institute.

Partnerships

Airbus, Renault, Faurecia, Solvay, IFREMER, CETIM.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

Founded in 1919, Centrale Nantes (ECN) is among the top higher education and research institutions in France in Science & Engineering. Its purpose is to develop top-level scientists & engineer ... Read More

Founded in 1919, Centrale Nantes (ECN) is among the top higher education and research institutions in France in Science & Engineering. Its purpose is to develop top-level scientists & engineers in multidisciplinary and specific fields from 2150 students per year in engineering track (5 years), Master Degrees and PhDs. International development is at the heart of the strategic policy of Centrale Nantes: 100% of its engineering students are going abroad and 30% of the campus population is international. Read less