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Ir. Ing. Rens Horn

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Rens Horn
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Lectures and exams are in English. Exams and reports may be written in English, Dutch or German.

Are you interested in lightweight vehicle construction? In the Lightweight Structural Vehicle Design course at the HAN Institute of Automotive, you will obtain all the necessary competences to become a successful engineer in light construction.

This course focuses on lightweight construction. Because of the need to reduce energy consumption, construction is becoming lighter and the market has a steadily growing demand for weight reduction in automotive construction. Design requirements are continually growing: engineers have to make more and better calculations and run more simulations to produce reliable predictions of payload and durability.

  • Finite element theory in combination with linear algebra
  • Lightweight construction in combination with advanced materials mechanics including mechanics of composites
  • Practical Abaqus – CAE intro and composite materials
  • Design and production in composite materials and sandwiches
  • Project : Design, production and testing (validation) composite beam construction
  • Guided tours with lectures at 10 production companies that put lightweight vehicle construction into practice
  • Practical Catia-CAD for composites

Block exchange course
This exchange course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester.

This also is a specialisation exchange course. This means it enables you to further deepen your skills and knowledge within your own profession (professional profile).

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes listed below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

After completing this minor, you will be able to work as a lightweight design specialist in the engineering department of a bodywork construction company or engineering office. You will have the necessary know-how and skills to initialise and realise innovative processes in the development of lighter body constructions and (vehicle, airplane, ship) constructions.

You will study:

  • Linear algebra
  • Mechanics of materials (also anisotropic and non-linear), stress and strain transformations, failure theories, mechanics of composites
  • Ductility and stability (structural integrity) of light constructions
  • Basic principles and backgrounds of FEA (finite element analysis)
  • Design, construction and production in composite materials


  • Development of a requirement list
  • Design of an automotive load carrying construction 
  • Research work
  • Effective cooperation  
  • Managing your personal development  

Admission requirements

The course is open to technical Bachelors students from the following courses:

  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Automotive Engineering;
  • Aeronautical Engineering;
  • Or any equivalent technical Bachelors level course.

The course provides an advanced level of development engineering and requires students to have completed 2.5 years of prior study. A comparable level of construction and testing knowledge is necessary for students who come from outside the automotive courses.

If there are any doubts about students’ preparation, they must complete an intake assessment.

An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your studies and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

For whom?

This course is open to all Dutch and international students who have an interest in this topic, regardless of the degree courses they are following. Lectures and exams are in English. Exams and reports may be written in English, Dutch or German.

Lightweight construction engineers are expected to have an open mind for innovation and development, and the strong will to master these skills. 

Nice to know

A sufficient level of English fluency is a prerequisite for admission to this course. For example:

  • An IELTS score of at least 6.5; or
  • A TOEFL score of at least 90 (Internet-based), 232 (computer-based); or
  • A Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE), a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

  • The course consists of 2 terms, each with a duration of 9-10 weeks. You will have exams during the two theoretical terms.
  • The modules are assessed in the form of written exams, practice reports and assignment reports.
  • The design project is assessed by a report and a presentation.
  • The practical and the guided tours with lectures are assessed based on active participation with satisfactory results.

Students are expected to be available from Monday to Friday, so doing a part-time job or taking other subjects from Monday to Friday between 8.45 - 17.30 is not an option, unless the student is an official part-time student. In that case a special program will be discussed with him and his employer.

Study load
The study load mainly comprises contact hours with the tutor, tutorials, practice, self-study hours and assignment hours. It is assumed that students in this course will put in 840 clock hours (30 European credit points).

Working methods

  • Lectures and practical work 4-5 days per week
  • Exams
  • Company visits and guest lectures
  • Exam re-sits (if necessary)

The teaching staff will divide students into groups for practical work and into teams for the project. The teams will be multidisciplinary: you will be working with students from different backgrounds.

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