Mechanical Engineering for Materials and Manufacturing Processes


This specialisation aims to train general engineering students in materials mechanics with particular expertise in manufacturing and implementation processes.

They should apprehend a design and/or manufacturing problem in its entirety and complexity: choose the material and the process, evaluate the mechanical strength and durability, with a constant emphasis on innovation and respect for ecological principles.


International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
  • An exchange year/semester: International students selected by our partner institutions abroad have the opportunity to spend one semester or one year of their studies at Centrale Nantes. They usually join the final year of the engineering programme choosing both a specialisation and a professional option to obtain ECTS credits.
Course Content
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Materials selection in mechanical design Metal processing
Experimental methods in materials science Materials and society
Finite Element Method Composite processing
Structural mechanics Polymer processing
Conferences and company visits Project 2
Fatigue and fracture of materials Internship
Non-linear continuum mechanics
Polymers and composites
Project 1

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NB 2019/20 Course content provided for information purposes only. 2020/21 syllabus currently in preparation.

Examples of projects and internships

Examples of past projects

  • Composite processes applied to electric motors: definition and testing of capillary impregnation in fibrous media
  • Determination of the characteristics of "eco-responsible" composites
  • Construction of a multiaxial fatigue curve for synthetic rubber
  • Optimal coupling of data-driven mechanical simulation and numerical homogenization techniques for structural calculations
  • A fractal material to trap cracks?
  • Additive manufacturing and composite materials: specifications and limitations
  • Magnetic pulse spot welding of metal alloys

Examples of past internships

  • Study of the natural character of flax fibre: influence of beam variability on their mechanical behaviour (Depestele, France)
  • Dynamic transformation in titanium alloy Ti-10-2-3 (Ecole de Technologie Supérieure, Canada)
  • Simulation of metallic additive manufacturing (Naval Group, France)
  • Study of the behaviour of a seal in a fuel cell (Faurecia, France)
  • Modeling the behaviour law of a polymer used for sports shoe soles (Arkema, France)
  • Mechanical characterization of a composite with long staple fibres (Safran, France)
  • Compensation of microstructure effect during ultrasonic residual stress measurement, Veqter (Bristol, UK)
  • Reuse of waste plastic fibres from discarded fishing nets as shrinkage cracking prevention of cement-based specimen, DTU (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Study of the weldability of a new superalloy, Aubert & Duval (Clermont-Ferrand, France) / TWI (Cambridge, UK)
After the specialisation

Industry sectors

  • Transport (aeronautic, naval, automotive)
  • Energy (nuclear, oil, renewable)
  • Raw materials (development, purchasing)

Career prospects

  • Design and Methods Office
  • Research and development: tests, processes, calculation

Published on March 16, 2017 Updated on July 2, 2021