Profile of the Programme

Two Majors

Metal Science and Engineering

In the Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Engineering, Major Metal Science and Engineering, the student starts from his basic knowledge on materials technology, physics, chemistry and mechanics and learns to apply this knowledge in order to increase understanding on how a material behaves under the extremely variable and demanding conditions where the material is used. The student will learn how the performance of a material can be designed by taking active measures with respect to the processing parameters. The student will understand how this will allow producing materials with tailor-made properties. The student will be able to apply this knowledge in materials design. A first emphasis of the master program is modeling. The student will learn the available options to simulate the material properties and their evolution and subsequently will also learn to interpret expertly the outcome of these simulations. A second emphasis is on metallic alloys. The student will understand the concepts behind the development of innovative and light metals that are used in constructions where they have to fulfill more stringent safety measures. Both the alloy formation by using a well-designed chemical composition as the processing itself will be considered in detail. Finally, the concept of sustainability will be addressed. On the one hand, the student will acquire knowledge to understand why a material deteriorates in contact with specific environments and how surface engineering will be able to increase its life span. On the other hand, the student will learn to process metals from secondary sources, such as e-waste, and will understand that the final properties of the product in which the metal is used will be on the same level as for metals produced from primary, raw materials.

Polymers and Fibre Structures

The Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Engineering - Major Polymers and Fibre Structures, aims at the study of the properties, the production and the application of fibrous materials on a natural base as well as on a synthetic one. Much attention is paid to the study of polymers. Furthermore composite materials are studied as a consequence of their structure consisting of a polymer and a fibrous material. The specialisation in textiles focusses on the properties and production of natural and synthetic textile raw materials (the fibres), processing these materials into semi-finished products (yarns, fabrics, non-wovens, …) and applying finishing techniques for specific applications (high-quality fabrics, interior textiles, technical textiles, …). Textile fibres are dealt with and the different production techniques for yarns, fabrics, non-wovens, carpets, … are explained. Further, the technology, the behaviour of fibres and yarns during processing and the fundamental properties of the structures are highlighted. Physical or chemical finishing techniques can provide additional properties (added value). The theory of colour, colour formation and perception and the treatment of different colour types including their application are described. As such, textile materials and processes are explained and special attention is paid to the development of products with specific functionalities (flame retardant, crease resistant, antibacterial, …). Statistical methods are described allowing to define an optimum set-up and verification of results.

Basic courses

Besides a thorough formation in materials science, the education also comprises more general basic courses to provide the student a clear image about his (her) future career. By means of the introduction of a certain amount of elective courses, the student can give his (her) education a more personal touch.

Minors

Besides the classical thorough education, there is also the possibility to choose for a broader education. Without neglecting the metallurgical education, a master student can choose for the introduction in his (her) curriculum of a series subjects grouped around a well-specified theme. Such a series of subjects is called a minor. Master students in metallurgy can choose for a minor in the following domains: chemical engineering, industrial engineering, biosystems, environment and sustainable development, computer science engineering, electronics and ICT, photonics engineering, power engineering and automation.

Master's Dissertation

The study is completed by the delivery of the Master's Dissertation: an independently undertaken research work on a well-specified topic and the production of an extensive critical report about the research work carried out.

Part time study

For each year, it is possible to follow the part time regime. In this case, the courses are equally spread out over two years.