Appendix 2: Specialisations
Master's Programme, Aerospace Engineering, 120 credits (TAEEM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2012
The aeronautics track 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.
Lightweight Structures (LKR)
The structures track 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 track 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.
Systems Engineering (SYS)
Aircrafts, rockets and satellites are complex systems that have to be designed with reliable control systems and efficient maintenance plans to be competitive in today's global market. The overall objective with the systems track is that you should be able to develop mathematical models of systems in order to analyze and optimize their performance. Control theory had a crucial role in the development of rockets, and has since improved robustness and performance of modern airplanes. Today, it is becoming an increasingly important factor in other areas such as the automotive industry and communications systems. A systems engineer could be working with the design of the control of the damping in an aircraft landing gear, or on how to find the least costly spare parts management system or analyzing the reliability of a radar system. A systems engineer is attractive to a large number of industries in various fields.