M.Sc. EU4M Mechatronic and Micro-Mechatronic Systems

University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe

Application deadline: 31 May
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Partnership: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
Languages:
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Russian
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Disciplines:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Dual Master´s Degree Master in Mechatronic Engineering was developed during the 2008-2012 period with the support of the ERASMUS MUNDUS Program. The outstanding success of our alumni and our cooperation with the industry are paving the way for us to continue with this programme by offering a two-year (120 ECTS) accredited* masters course in Mechatronic Engineering. Our aim is to familiarize students and invited scholars with the methods, the development and the application of mechatronics in different fields including automotive engineering, aerospace, mobile communication systems, MEMS and, adaptive systems in optics, bionics and robotics.

The master´s students will study at two of the five partner universities:

* HSKA, Karlsruhe, Germany.
* ENSMM, Besançon, France.
* UNIOVI, Gijón, Spain.
* ISPEU, Ivanovo, Russian Federation.
* NILE, Cairo, Egypt.

The students can also spend part of their studies at a non-European associated partner university. Lectures are given in the local languages of French, German, Spanish and English (in Egypt and Russia!). Besides earning a world-class qualification, students will have the opportunity to learn new languages and improve their intercultural skills.

During the EU4M Thesis Project, our students work with professionals from different backgrounds in renowned academic institutions and in the industry sector, thus getting an insight into state-of-the-art European mechatronic technologies. This way, students will develop a coherent and integrated approach towards the design and implementation of contemporary systems.

Contents

Graduates with a B.Sc. or an equivalent degree in science or engineering start this Masters programme after selection and acceptation at one of the three partner institutions. Students spend the whole first year at the (entrance) home institution HSKA or ENSMM or UNIOVI taking courses in basics of Mechatronics and in the specializations as well as in European languages and culture.

First year contents (semesters 1 and 2) are the same at HSKA, ENSMM and UNIOVI:

Module AUTOMATION I

Continuous & Discrete Control Systems: its objective is to update fundamental knowledge in subjects related to control for mechatronic applications. After successful studies the students are able to proceed to calculations of linear systems analysis and to make suitable choice of the different technologies to be used for real-time control in mechatronics devices.

Computer Based Automation: its objective is to gain fundamental knowledge in computers and structured programming approach, the ability to manage complex software development projects for mechatronics systems, also about details of common process models for software development and adopt them in showcases.

Module MECHANICS & MATERIALS I

Mechanical Design and Structural Analysis: its objective is to provide fundamental knowledge in design methods and mechanics, and the ability to analyse two and three dimensional structures, including competences such as to perform computations with the stress function, to describe the strain behaviour with the Lagrange/Euler formalism, to calculate shell and plates, to analyse vibrations or to interpret finite element solutions.

Manufacturing: its objective is to provide fundamental knowledge in design methods, mechanics and manufacturing systems: the selection of the materials, the calculation of specific components of a mechatronical product, the description of the most used technologies for the manufacturing of mechanical components, and the complete design and development product process, from the selection of materials to the costs calculation, etc.

Module: ELECTRONICS

Digital Electronics & Signal Processing: course aimed to provide fundamental knowledge en electronics and signal processing, in order to acquire good competences on the functioning and realization of control systems with digital components, including methods of real-time signal acquisition and processing such as spectral analysis.

Microcontrollers: the objective is to learn how to use µ-controllers to solve problems quickly and effectively, with a teaching approach of "learning by doing" where each student receives the necessary tools to enter the world of microcomputer technology.

Electric drives: the principals of electrical drives are the basis for the selection of optimal solutions for micro-motors and small drives up to 5 kW. Different applications are explained.

Module: KEY QUALIFICATIONS I

Intensive Local Language

Seminar: the seminar is to provide the latest research results and special applications of mechatronic systems and simulative tools. Therefore, international professors are invited.
Module: AUTOMATION II

Advanced Control Systems: advenced topics in control systems theory, mainly based on state space modeling and analysis, analysis in time dimension: controlability, observability and stability, observers theory, The Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR).

Control & Automation Implementation: to acquire competences in the development of programs on microcontrollers in order to implement control laws, including industrial controllers and PID controllers.
Module: MECHANICS & MATERIALS II

Advanced Mechanical Design: the subjet of the course is to extend studies of the different phases of the design: from a strength and durability perspective the product should guarantee the regular operation of its components, so basic knowledge are provided for understanding and subsequent application of the finite element method and a unified concept of outline-design and manufacturing, as contained in modern CAD-CAM-CAE systems.

Quality & Production Management: to introduce concepts of quality management and methods of quality assurance in development and production.

Module: MECHATRONICS

The aim of the mechatronic project is to explain different methods for discovering new ideas, to use methods to find optimal solutions in relative to the initial requirements. The participation of a local Mechatronic Conference and Fair offers the students presetations about the latest research results in sciences relating to mechatronic products and the possibilities to discuss special technical problems and requirements with scientists, with engineers of the exhibitors and additionally they may find contact for being accepted to to the Master Thesis.

Module: KEY QUALIFICATIONS II

Spanish/German/French Language

Seminar: the seminar is to provide the latest research results and special applications of mechatronic systems and simulative tools. Therefore, international professors are invited.

For the second year studies, students move to one of the other two partner institutions. The second year of their studies starts with one semester of specializations of that institution. The master thesis can be done in any of the partner institution.

Third semester specializations:

HSKAModule: MECHATRONIC PROJECT: Participants aquire advanced knowledge in the design process of mechatronic products and learn about the special skills in the process of industrial product development. The students are introduced into important methods of the value engineering and estimating of the relevant production costs. Outstanding projects are participating at the Mechatronic Award of the Mechatronic Karlsruhe.

Module: MANUFACTURING: To design and optimize process chains in the engineering environment: 1) Optimize Development Processes (expenditure, time), 2) Stimulate ideas for innovation processes; 3) Use tools for the quality assurance process in R&D. Also to use Finite Element Simulations in the engineering process: 1) Set up simplified models of complicated structures using appropriate boundary conditions, 2) Interpret thermal analysis and calculate residual thermal stresses, 3) Perform design analysis, 4) Perform contact analysis.

Module: MICROMECHATRONIC or ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY:

Micromechatronic: to introduce important technologies to manufacture and to assemble micro-systems; further on to present examples of application. After successful studies the students: 1) know details of Microsystems Technologies, 2) know details about the thin film and thick film technology, 3) know the boundaries of the different technologies, inclusive of some details of nano-technologies, 4) Are able to develop micro-mechatronic systems and also the required machines for these technologies.
Environmental Technology: Understand rational use of energy and renewable energies. Additionaly lectures are given in refrigeration and ices slurry techniques.

Module: KEY QUALIFICATIONS III

Spanish/German/French Language

Seminar: the seminar is to provide the latest research results and special applications of mechatronic systems and simulative tools. Therefore, international professors are invited.

ENSMMModule: PROJECT: Participants aquire advanced knowledge in the design process of mechatronic products and learn about the special skills in the process of industrial product development. The students are introduced into important methods of the value engineering and estimating of the relevant production costs. Outstanding projects are participating at the Mechatronic Award of the Mechatronic Karlsruhe.
Module: ADVANCED CONTROL SYSTEMS: System identification: the students will be able to determine the best way to obtain a model for a control or a simulation purpose. Some aspects about robust control: working out a control law for a plant with an imperfect model. Influence on the stability, stability margins, precision, dynamic performance.

Module: ROBOTICS AND MICROROBOTICS: This module deals with problems of design and control of microrobotics systems for micromanipulation or micro-assembly: 1) to be aware of the complexity of the work in the microworld, 2) to acquire knowledge in the micromanipulation and micro-assembly domains.

Module: MICROSYSTEMS: Characterization of Microsystems by means of computer instrumentation, Comprehensive description of microsensors, fabricated by silicon micromachining, for mechanical quantities (pressure, force, inertia, flow). Modeling and finite element modeling or Microsystems. Fabrication of silicon micromachined micro-actuators. Mastering standard micro-mechanical fabrication processes in Silicon.

Module: KEY QUALIFICATIONS III

Spanish/German/French Language

Seminar: the seminar is to provide the latest research results and special applications of mechatronic systems and simulative tools. Therefore, international professors are invited.

UNIOVIModule: PROTOTYPING AND VERIFICATION: Once the project has been developed, it is necessary to carry out the directed steps to its manufacture and final assembly. Practical aspects on the manufacture of the different components and mechanical systems from the mechatronic product, as well as from all those electronic systems and control parts, are included. The steps are described to follow in the assembly of all the set, including components and assambled sub-systems, commercial elements, actuators and sensors, wiring, etc. Outstanding projects are participating at the Feriasturias.
Module: MANUFACTURING OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS: the manufacture of the different components that integrate the mechatronic system can be carried out in diverse machines and industrial production systems. These systems are more and more complex and integrate different technologies as well, whose knowledge is vital for an optimal manufacture planning. In this course one undertakes the study of the machines and production systems, relating to its configuration and fields of application, to the electronic devices and systems that they integrate and to the communications between them, as well as to the aspects relative to the design, programming and configuration of its automation.
Module: DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS: The students are tought about: Strength and fracture criteria, How vibrations affect machines, The fatigue phenomenon in machine elements, Programming of a encastré system using techniques for reliable, failure tolerant, tenable and extensible software development.

Module: SENSORS AND ACTUATORS: To be able to select sensors and actuators to integrate them in mechatronic systems, and to know the key aspects for their use.

Module: KEY QUALIFICATIONS III

Spanish/German/French Language

Seminar: the seminar is to provide the latest research results and special applications of mechatronic systems and simulative tools. Therefore, international professors are invited.

Last semester Master´s Thesis:

ENSMM HSKA UNIOVI

Module: MASTER'S THESIS

Requirements

To apply for this Master Programme you have to hold a bachelor degree or an equivalent university degree from one of the following subject areas: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Automotive/Aerospace, Sensor Technologies or a related scientific engineering subject.

High language skills in minimum one of the following languages: German, Spanish, French and English.

Survival Russian is required for students coming to ISPEU, for Nile: basic Arabic and for both additionally an upper-intermediate English level of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR >= B1 or TOEFL, PBT >= 550, CBT>=213, IBT>=79 or IELTS >=6 ).

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Funding

Erasmus Mundus scholarships were awarded to students and scholars of EU4M until 2012. The scholarships were available for EU and non-EU students.

As the scholarships granted every year by the European Union (EACEA) ended with the 2012 cohort, we are helping our applicants to find other scholarships.

Here you can find a non-exhaustive list (sorted by region of origin) of some institutions offering scholarships for students willing to study in Europe:

Worldwide

* DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst - DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Its aim is to encourage outstanding young students and academics from abroad to come to Germany to study.


* Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM

Scholarship from the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Only for applicants going to Germany for their first or second year.


* Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries. The Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, affiliates or other AKDN agencies which can help with processing applications and interviewing applicants.


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Asia

* CSC (China)

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) is a non-profit institution with legal person status affiliated with the Ministry of Education. Provides financial assistance to the Chinese citizens wishing to study abroad.


* Asian Development Bank

The projects of the ADB are constantly evolving, some of them refer to scholarship programs for Asian students willing to study abroad.

North-America

* AIFS Study Abroad (USA)

AIFS Study Abroad is a division of the American Insititute For Foreign Study (AIFS). AIFS organizes cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year.


* SIT Graduate Institute (USA)

World Learning's SIT Graduate Institute offers internationally focused, full-time and low-residency masters degrees, as well as certificate and professional development programmes. Average scholarships range between $500 and $5,000 for US citizens and permanent residents and between $10,000 and $15,000 for international students.


* FEA (USA)

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.


* Gilman International Scholarship (USA)

This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.


* International Education Fund (USA)

Full-time enrolled U.S. undergraduates who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university are eligible to apply for IEF support to enable their participation in study abroad programs worldwide.


* Boren Awards (USA)

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations.


Latin-America

* Organización de Estados Americanos - OEA

The OAS Academic Scholarship Program grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Masters Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Research leading to a degree.

* Colfuturo (Colombia)

Colfuturo has a scholarship loan program for master studies, comprising a maximum of US$ 25.000 per year and for a maximum of two years. Students can apply for a 50% waiver of the loan once they return to Colombia. Colfuturo also has several agreements with third-party institutions who can eventually lead to full scholarships.


* ICETEX (Colombia)

Instituto Colombiano de Crédito Educativo y Estudios Técnicos en el Exterior, is an institution that promotes higher education in Colombia by granting loans to students and collecting and centralizing scholarships from third-party institutions worldwide.

* Colciencias (Colombia)

Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación, promotes public policies to promote R&D in Colombia.


* SENESCYT (Ecuador)

Complete Scholarships to study a Master o Doctor degree in an international University.



* CONACyT (Mexico)

The Mexican Council for Science and Technology (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, CONACyT) offers full scholarships for Mexican students that want to study a Masters Degree or PhD, or do research abroad in the fields of science and technology.


* FIDERH (Mexico)

The Banco de México provides special loans for students that want to pursue a postgraduate programme abroad. The duration can be up to 36 months for study or research.


* FUNED (Mexico)

Fundación Mexicana para la Educación, la Tecnología y la Ciencia, offers scholarships and student loans for Mexican university graduates who want to study their full-time Master in Mexico or abroad.


* DGCIN (Argentina)

The DGCIN (Dirección General de Cooperación Internacional) spread calls for Argentine citizens, Graduate Academic Scholarship and Professional Development Courses offered by foreign countries, agencies and international organizations.


* CONICET (Argentina)

The CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas) is an Argentine government agency which directs and co-ordinates most of the scientific and technical research done in universities and institutes by funding scientific research and granting scholarships among others.


Europe (Spain)

* Gobierno del Principado de Asturias: http:/asturias.es
* Universidad de Oviedo: * Gobierno de Navarra: * Fundación Barrié: * Fundacion Cristina Masaveu:

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