Research within ITM
Research in Energy Technology covers a vast area, through its departments and research centers. The research spans the spectrum from basic sciences such as thermodynamics and heat transfer in applied technologies for generating power, heat and cold. It focuses on efficient energy use and reliable and secure energy supply. Within these areas fit solutions from basic mechanical problems to the highly sophisticated energy-related information technology. All these factors constitute a significant part of the area as a civil engineer in the energy technology works with today.
Department of Industrial Management conducts research in economics, business management and organization. Behind the departments profile is a firm conviction that modern society has a strong need for expertise in the advanced technical depth combined with strong insights into the economy and leadership.
Best summarizes this conglomerate of economic and social scientific knowledge focused on the technology-intensive enterprise economy with the English term "Industrial Management.
Research in Production Engineering covers all technologies, which mainly applies engineering technical development of products and methods that have direct impact on this production. The area includes all aspects from design to production to assembly of parts into functional products, and recycling issues in the context of these disciplines.
Product development is the overarching theme of research at the department. The inter-disciplinary research activities can be summarized in the study of the development process, techniques and design principles as well as those related to physical phenomena.
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials science is a highly interdisciplinary science and physics, chemistry and mechanics as major components. Material behavior depends on its properties. Different applications place different demands on the behavior and hence on the properties, which in turn depends on the structure of the material. The structure can be span length scales from individual atoms to those observed with the naked eye. Structure of the material depends on chemical composition, method and manner of treatment but is also affected by how the material is used.
Materials science deals with relationship between behavior - properties - structure-production. Therefore, the research spans the areas of quantum mechanics, solution chemistry, corrosion theory, metallurgy of steel and other metals, foundry technology, Ceramics, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, energy, fracture mechanics and materials.
The research covers a wide range of material types, eg steel and aluminum alloys, hard metals and ceramics, magnets and materials for information storage, carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials.
Industrial ecology is an interdisciplinary framework for designing and operating industrial systems as living systems interdependent with natural systems. It seeks to balance environmental and economic performance within emerging understanding of local and global ecological constraints. Some of its developers have called it "the science of sustainability".