Intense competition is putting pressure on machine builders to deliver machines with higher output, reduced operating costs, and increased safety.
Increasing demands on the productivity of complex systems, such as manufacturing machines, requires the application of new methods in the product development process. Mechatronic system design is gaining popularity in the machine design process, and it is a key approach in the product process of productive life cycle efficient machines.
The Master's Programme in Mechatronic System Design will familiarise you with the design and simulation of modern mechatronic machines, which comprise a mechanical system, power transmission (hydraulic, electric, pneumatic or hybrid) and a digital control system.
You will learn about environmentally conscious design and the development of new technologies to solve current and future global problems. Your study curriculum will also include functional principles of sustainable machines such as electric drives, and you will learn how to design them.
The ability to create virtual prototypes is a critical aspect of the mechatronics approach because it helps engineers and scientists explore machines before they are built. In this programme, you will be able to apply simulation tools to analyse demanding machine systems.
This expertise can be applied to the most demanding research and development processes of the global industry. The use of simulation tools in design and development has increased in popularity throughout recent decades, and there seems to be no decrease in interest insight due to more efficient computational tools and more expensive prototyping costs.
In this programme, you will acquire extensive knowledge in the fields of design, hydraulics, control, dynamics and the simulation of machines. You will also become familiar with programming and the application of numerical methods, both required in different fields of mechanical engineering.
All sessions of the programme will be available online. You will be able to participate in the programme according to the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) principle.
Intended Learning Outcomes
After completing this Master's programme, you will have acquired comprehensive knowledge in the design and development of modern mechatronic machines.
- to understand the dynamics of mechatronic machines, simulation tools and their use, and multidisciplinary product development processes;
- learn to apply theoretical methods to practice using virtual tools;
- be able to work with others in task-orientated groups in a productive manner and lead and manage design projects;
- be able to design and implement control systems for mechatronic machines;
- be able to logically think through industrial research and development problems and solve them, and to contribute to innovative thinking;
- understand the needs and special features of other disciplines beyond your core competency in mechanical engineering.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's Programme in Mechatronic System Design is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes core, specialisation and minor studies.
Core studies (35 ECTS credits) include topics on research methods, structural materials, industrial manufacturing processes, reliability engineering design, management and leadership skills.
Specialisation studies (60 ECTS credits) include topics on mechatronics, electrical motion control systems, machine dynamics and simulation, fluid power, and fatigue design.
Minor studies (25 ECTS credits) deal alternatively with laser processing or advanced materials engineering.
The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.
Double degree studies for students from partner universities
Students from partner universities are able to study as double degree students at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
The Mechatronic System Design programme's double degree partner universities are:
- Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Plasma Physics, China
- Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
- Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
- Samara University, Russia
- St. Petersburg University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Russia
- St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia
- St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
Graduates from the Mechatronic System Design Master's programme play a key role in developing more advanced products and modern technology.
Your expertise will enable you to work in research and development projects in the global industry. Regardless of the industry or location of the machines and systems being developed, designed, and manufactured, you will possess the knowledge and skills to be part of the product development process.
The sustainability of engineering work is taken carefully into consideration and is a key factor in any future innovations.
On the development side, you will acquire an understanding of efficient and sustainable design processes, you will be able to use the most appropriate design and simulation tools, and you will obtain experience that you will need as a project manager in research and development projects.
In the field of research, you will learn extensively about simulation methods, the working principles of mechatronic actuators, and basic knowledge of control engineering, allowing you to pursue a doctoral degree.
Your future career may be in a company such as Ponsse, ABB, Metso, Wärtsilä, Valtra, Patria, or Rolls-Royce, which are very active in developing better machines for future needs.
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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:
- Regular admission: 2 December 2019-22 January 2020
- Rolling admission: 1 October 2019-31 May 2020