From Freehand Sketch to Optimized Product: Computational Structural Mechanics & Fluid DynamicsNew programme!


Computational engineering is a new and prosperous field. In today's world, it is essential for business and government agencies to maximize efficiency in order to be compliant with energy savings. By using computational models and simulations, computational engineers can solve technical problems without wasting time on expensive prototypes. The evaluation, however, is crucial to the process and often underestimated.


This course program will cover two of the most relevant and important methods of computational (numerical) engineering: computational structural mechanics and computational fluid mechanics. By first studying the basic principles and application of computational aided engineering (CAE) for the design of machines and machine parts (e.g. automobiles), the students will then be introduced to quality control and fault analysis.


Berlin is the ideal venue for such an undertaking: There could be not better place for studying computational engineering than in the birthplace of the first computer (Zuse) and the first electrical motor (Siemens), next to the longstanding reputation of German engineering and automobile industry.

  • Date: July 3 - 23, 2016 (three weeks)
  • Course Content:

    • Computational structural mechanics with FEM
    • Computational fluid dynamics with FVM
    • Quality control and fault analysis

The course programme also includes:

  • Academic support program: Study visits to companies and institutions
  • Introductory German language lessons
  • Course Language: English
    Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL ibt 90 or equivalent) is required. 
  • Target Group: Upper undergraduate students of engineering and computer science (after two years of study) or graduates with good standing.
  • Number of Participants: Approx. 20-25
  • Registration Deadline: April 1, 2016
    March 15, 2016 for nominated students from partner universities


Students' Hostel: double rooms with private bath and breakfast, no kitchenette.


Arrival July 3 (move-in), departure July 23 (move-out).


On weekdays lunch can be purchased in the student cafeteria for very reasonable prices.

Culture and Leisure Time Program:

The International Office team offers participants a wide variety of optional cultural and social events in Berlin and surrounding area about twice a week. This may include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites (Museum Island in Berlin, Castles and Gardens in Potsdam), Berlin Wall Museum and Holocaust Museum, excursion to the Memorial Sachsenhausen, a boat trip, Beach Bar, and many other activities.


  • 75 contact hours

    • 60 contact hours business course incl. academic support program
    • 15 contact hours German language & culture at beginners level

  • 7 ECTS credits
  • One class hour is 45 min long.


The picture shows the tension that arises in a piston under combustion pressure.
Picture: Prof. Dr. Kurzawa