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MH2042 Simulation and Modeling Toolbox 6.0 credits

Today a wide variety of simulation tools are available to help with engineering tasks. Numerical solutions of the incredibly complex Navier-Stokes equations have been around for almost a century; in the early 20th century it was performed by human computers and today it can be performed on any desktop computer or on various super computers around the world. In materials processing simulation of steel flows is a very useful tool to aid with process understanding – many of the processes have such an environment that regular experimental methods cannot be used and as such modeling can complement experimental techniques. It is also important to note that problem solving skills and innovation are highly valued in any industry and as such there will be a focus on solving actual industrial problems in this course.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Introduction to simulation methods, limitations and possibilities in general.
  • Review of some of the modeling software today.
  • Exercises introducing the students to some modeling software, including limitations and possibilities of the specific software.
  • Selection and planning of a modeling problem.
  • Solution of the modeling problem project.
  • Written and oral presentation of the project.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to.

  • Define and setup a materials process problem using common commercial software.
  • Apply the equations of change on materials process problems.
  •  Interpret the simulation results.
  • Have some basic knowledge of the limitations of the software.
  • Plan a project and present the results in a scientific manner, both orally and written.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge about FEM simulation programs

Recommended prerequisites

Transport Phenomena (The KTH course MH1018 Transport Phenomena or similar)

Numerical Methods (The KTH course SF1514 Numerical Methods, Basic Course or similar)


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project Assignment, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Dragon’s Den - Problem Formulation Seminar

During the problem formulation presentation (max 5 minutes!) a few external "venture capitalists" will judge your projects based on your presentations

Important Points:

  • Background (including state-of-the-art)
  • Goal with project and also time to accomplish the goals.
  • Deliverables (some means to show you have achieved the goals).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ITM/Materials Science and Engineering

Main field of study

Materials Science, Materials Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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