Master in Mechanical Engineering - Computational Mechanics (M-ENG CM)

General

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Program Description

Computational Mechanics (M-ENG CM)

This master program develops skills in advanced techniques in scientific computing at the interface between scientific disciplines for the modeling of mechanical engineering problems.

The courses cover the modeling and numerical simulation of complex mechanical systems (both fluid and solid) involving a possible coupling of different physics at different scales. The training is based on a global approach towards the issues associated with numerical modeling, from the construction of models and their discretization to the numerical resolution of discrete models, and to the mathematical analysis of models and approximation methods.

The program of study lasts two academic years - denoted by M1 and M2. Computational Mechanics 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 Probability and Statistics 5
Fluid Mechanics 5 Numerical Analysis 5
Programming and Algorithms 4 Structural Mechanics 5
Numerical Methods 4 Fluid Mechanics 2 5
Vibration and Differential Equations 4 Mechanical Design 4
Business Environment 4 Conferences and Initiation to Research 2
Modern Languages 4 Modern Languages 4
Course Content - M2

30 ECTS Credits per semester.
Language of instruction: English

M2 - Autumn Semester Courses ECTS M2 - Spring Semester
ECTS
Computational Configurational Mechanics 3 Master Thesis or Industrial Internship 30
Computational methods for incompressible flows 3
Domain decomposition and iterative solvers 4
Extended Finite Element Method and level set techniques 3
Model Reduction 3
Numerical methods for simulation of coupled problems 3
Numerical methods for uncertainty quantification 3
Physical modeling of fluids 4
Modern Languages 4

NB Course content may be subject to minor changes

Internships

Examples of previous internships in the industry:

  • Optimization of mechanical modeling tools (Areva).
  • Numerical modeling of smart composite structures (Ifstarr).
  • Improved workpiece design loop structures in thermoplastics for the automobile industry.

Examples of previous internships in research labs:

  • Aerodynamic simulation of a wind turbine (LHEEA).
  • Development of optimization algorithms on tensor manifolds exploiting their fiber bundle structures (GeM Institute).
  • Numerical simulation of composite impregnation using reactive resin (Mines Albi).

Skills Developed

  • Model solids and fluid flow problems.
  • Use advanced numerical and scientific techniques to discretize and solve mechanical problems.
  • Master the mathematical analysis of models and approximation methods.

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, Energy, Software, Consulting.
  • Fields: Mechanical Engineering, Design, Research and Innovation.
  • Positions: Computational Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Research and Innovation Engineer (post Ph.D.)

Faculty and Research Facilities

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

Partnerships

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

Last updated May 2020

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