The track in aeronautics focuses on modeling, analysis and design of aircraft. The overall objectives are that the student should be able to design and estimate the performance of an aircraft, compute its aerodynamic properties, simulate its motion in flight, and analyze how its aerodynamic and structural properties influence stability and control. The track is characterized by a strong interaction between theory and practice, and the student will plan, perform and evaluate several wind tunnel tests during her education. An engineer with this profile is particularly attractive to companies working in aerodynamics and aeronautics.
The track in structures focuses on lightweight materials and structures for the development of new engineering solutions and products. Reduced structural weight can be translated into improved structural efficiency, reduced costs for production and maintenance, and reduced environmental impact. Emphasis is put on fibre composites, non-metallic materials and sandwich structures, often used in constructions with extreme requirements. Overall, the student will develop knowledge and skills in analysis, design, optimization, materials, manufacturing and testing of lightweight structures. Fibre composites require a systems approach to the choice of materials, manufacturing processes and product design, which also prepares the student for a future role as an engineer working with development of new products or materials. A structural engineer is attractive to a large number of industries in aerospace-, naval- or automotive engineering, as well as smaller businesses working with manufacturing or innovation.
The overall objectives of the space branch are that the student should be able to size and carry out a performance analysis of spacecraft, in particular rockets, and plan a geocentric or interplanetary space mission on a conceptual level. The student will develop knowledge and skills in orbital mechanics and spacecraft dynamics. Particular emphasis is put on the space environment and spacecraft engineering for small and medium size satellites, including their design, instrumentation, navigation and control. As part of the courses in spacecraft engineering, the student will also perform experiments in order to investigate for example power requirements, as well as thermal and radiation effects. An engineer with this profile is particularly attractive to companies working with spacecraft and satellite technology.
Aircraft, rockets and satellites are very complex systems that are associated with extremely high costs for development and operation. In order to avoid incidents and costs due to malfunctions, the requirements on operational safety are extreme as well. The overall objective with the specialization in systems is that the student should be able to develop mathematical models of systems in order to perform analysis of their performance and reliability. The student should also be able to use such models to improve the efficiency of complex and costly systems (for example an airline), or to design a system such that a malfunction in some part of the system only will have limited consequences for the system as a whole. A systems engineer is attractive to a large number of industries in various fields.