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Modeling and Simulation in Mechanics

he focus of modelling and simulation is the development of new physical-mathematical models that accurately and adequately represent real materials, structures and technological processes. Numerical simulations based on such adequate models provide realistic predictions about the actual behaviour of technical systems and materials used. Based on this, it is possible, for example, to replace numerous crash tests in automotive engineering with corresponding computer simulations. Another typical application example, for which both structural-mechanical properties of the product itself and the specific material properties are of central importance, is the simulation of manufacturing processes in forming technology. Here, existing simulation methods sometimes prove to be inefficient or unsuitable in relation to newly developed models. This motivates the need for improvements to existing simulation methods as well as the development of new ones.

Modelling and simulation thus make a decisive contribution to predicting the behaviour of structures and materials, but also the properties of products to be manufactured, to optimising them before their realisation, and thus to reducing the share of the usually cost-intensive "trial and error" approach in the development of new products and processes.  The basic challenge is therefore to develop an appropriate physical model (modelling), to convert this into a mathematical model and finally to solve the latter by means of a suitable numerical procedure (simulation). The simulation result should then be compared with a real experiment, component or process (verification of the model) and it should also be investigated whether the model can also be transferred to other experiments and components (validation).  In addition, structures and materials that have not yet been produced in this form can also be investigated on the basis of modelling and simulation. This is an essential building block for developing new innovative functional materials.

The profile consists of a compulsory as well as an elective part. For more detailed descriptions of the selectable modules, please refer to the Module Handbook Master in Mechanical Engineering.

Competences and job profiles

The typical areas of activity for engineers with a sound basic knowledge of modelling and simulation are:

  • Research and development as well as the field of calculation,
  • design and optimisation
  • Consulting
  • Interdisciplinary areas that go beyond mechanical engineering and classical engineering sciences 


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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