Wherever we are, we encounter different materials that have been carefully selected to have the right properties for a specific product.
For example, when a can of cola opens with just the right amount of pressure for a refreshing sound of cold liquid, or when a radar is receptive to very specific radiation and signals. To a high degree, the crucial element in all this are the materials that the products are made of.
Materials technology is the basis for the functionality of many products. In relation to the economy, the environment and society overall, it is important to choose the right materials for a given structure. For example, this makes it possible to reduce the weight of wind turbine wings, or ensure the correct sharpness and hardness of surgical instruments or prevent a plough from wearing down.
Developments in materials technology are therefore important for industry and the business community, as well as for the individual consumer.
In the area of mechanical engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, we have assembled a competent group of specialists and generalists who, through development work and specific focus areas, are constantly working to optimise their competencies and acquire new knowledge about topics within materials technology.
During their lifetime, many products experience problems with wear, rust, breakage or other defects that can be improved. We use material analysis to uncover the potential for structural improvements. Improvements can be anything from simple design changes to major changes in the choice of materials.
Employees and students, both in connection with development work and during their studies, use our extensive laboratory facilities and expertise in material properties when collaborating with companies and other knowledge institutions.
Collaboration agreements often deal with socially relevant development projects for our students, and many of the industrial projects in particular have the potential to make a real difference for the collaborating company.
Through teaching, theoretical understanding and study projects, we provide our future engineers with the competences and qualifications they need when they enter the workforce and make a difference as a trained engineer.