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 fibre-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 programme will provide a theoretical and experimental emphasis on the relationships between constituents, processing, and structural design.

The programme 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.


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
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.


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-fibre reinforcements in X-Ray Tomography.
  • Modelling and characterization of thin-film piezoelectric materials.

Skills Developed

  • Simulate and optimize composite mechanical design and manufacturing using numerical tools.
  • Model materials’ behaviour 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 PhD), 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.


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

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated November 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
2 years
15,000 EUR
15,000 euros/2 years for non European students. Scholarships available
May 15, 2020
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