SIRIUS - Applied product simulation 22.5 credits

SIRIUS - Tillämpad produktsimulering
Second cycle, M7029T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Mats Näsström 15 Feb 2018

Last revised
by HUL Niklas Letho 14 Feb 2020

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Mechanical Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Courses summing up to 180 credits with sufficient depth within the areas that are deemed important for the product development project, which the participant aims to take part in. Courses/knowledge in numerical calculation for product development corresponding to the content of Tillämpad matematik för teknisk mekanik, C7005M och M7009T.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of SIRIUS is for students to acquire, apply and integrate knowledge that is essential for applied product simulation in modern manufacturing industries. Students mainly acquire knowledge in numerical calculations, finite element method of mechanical systems, optimization, computer-aided machine design, flow calculations, dynamics, dimensioning and fatigue. The course's product development project is carried out in close collaboration with industrial companies. The course participant is part of a team that, together with supervisors from both companies and universities, works with the entire product development chain from idea to finished product. After completing the course, the student after the course will be able to show:

1. Knowledge and understanding                      
  • hold consolidated and in-depth knowledge of numerical analysis of mechanical engineering problems
  • demonstrate in-depth ability to effectively use computers, programs and scientific work as well as knowledge in combining knowledge and skills from different subject areas.
  • have knowledge of research and development work in or between the subjects of strength theory, optimization, dynamics, design, product development, production development, and flow bearing with applications in mechanical engineering. 
  • Have knowledge of sustainability aspects (gender equality included) in the field of mechanical engineering, how these aspects relate to society and research that addresses these challenges.
2. Skills and abilities
  • Possess the ability to analyse mechanical problems with numerical methods
  • Understand different load and boundary conditions
  • Combine different computer tools to solve complex problems
  • Know increased experience in group work and report writing
  • Increased experience in working with other professional groups
  • Feel more experienced in presenting in English / Swedish
  • Able to document and reflect on both their own and the project's learning process
  • Be able to document and reflect on both your own and the project teams learning process and be able to use this new knowledge in product development projects.
  • Be able to use insights on sustainability aspects (gender equality included) when implementing product development projects in mechanical engineering.
3. Ability of assessment and attitude
  • Understand how numerical methods can be used for dimensioning and product development
  • Understand what role numerical methods play in sustainable development
  • Know today's challenges in numerical simulation in product development
  • Gain new knowledge in applying calculations for future product development projects as well as in the specific project
  • Have increased experience in engineering assessments as well as identification and formulation of problem statements
  • Demonstrate ability to evaluate the significance of various sustainability aspects (gender equality included) in the implementation of product development projects in mechanical engineering.

Participants work in groups, going from needs to finished product (or prototype) in close collaboration with industry partners – with the aim to gain understanding and experience of today’s and tomorrow’s ways of working in integrated product development projects.

The course normally offers 3-6 projects with 4-12 participants in each project team. Every team is supervised by at least one coach (teacher). The coaches’ work is aimed at providing support and structure to the students’ own learning processes within each product development project.

The product development project is presented in written reports, individual logbooks, verbal presentations and at final presentations at LTU and, when applicable, at the industry partner site. The teachers will further carry out verbal design reviews and individual interviews. The final grade is a combination of the above and the participants’ contributions to the product development projects.

Communication: Canvas is used for internal and external communication. Studios and workplaces for distance-spanning work are also used internally and for collaboration with industry partners. Knowledge of numerical calculations, finite element methodology, optimization and machine construction is desirable. In addition, knowledge of solid mechanics, dynamics, fatigue, fluid mechanics, and ability to create numerical calculation models and analysis of numerical results is desirable. The course requires that participants are able to, on their own and in groups, solve problems and to plan and carry out all phases in a product development project carried out in close collaboration with industry partners.
Cannot be included in the degree together with M7017T or T7026T.

Pär Jonsén

Literature. Valid from Spring 2019 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Teaching materials are distributed during the course.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Project workG U 3 4 522.50MandatoryA18

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.