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Mechanical Engineering Bachelor Information
6. Semester
Focus Specialization
Manufacturing Science
Focus Coordinator: Prof. Konrad Wegener
To achieve the required 20 credit points for the focus specialization you need to pass all 3 compulsory courses (HS/FS). The other 8 credit points can be achieved from the elective courses.
Elective Courses
151-0304-00LEngineering Design II Information W4 credits4GK. Wegener
AbstractDimensioning (strength calculation) of machine parts,
shaft - hub - connections, welded and brazed joints, springs, screws, roller and slide bearings, transmissions, gears, clutch and brake as well as their practical applications.
ObjectiveThe students extend in that course their knowledge on the correct application of machine parts and machine elements including dimensioning. Focus is laid on the acquisition of competency to solve technical problems and judge technical solutions and to correctly apply their knowledge according to operation conditions, functionality and strength calculations.
ContentMachine parts as shaft - hub - connections, welded and brazed joints, springs, screws, roller and slide bearings, transmissions, gears, clutch and brake are discussed. The course covers for all the machine elements their functionality, their application and limits of applicability and the dimensioning is as well as their practical applications. Exercises show the solution of practical problems. Partly practical problems are solved by the students for their own.
Lecture notesScript exists. Price: SFr. 40.-
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites:
Basics in design and product development
Dimensioning 1

Credit-conditions / examination:
Partly practical problems are solved by the students for their own. The examination will be in the following examination session. Credits are given after passing the examination.
151-0306-00LVisualization, Simulation and Interaction - Virtual Reality I Information W+4 credits4GA. Kunz
AbstractTechnology of Virtual Reality. Human factors, Creation of virtual worlds, Lighting models, Display- and acoustic- systems, Tracking, Haptic/tactile interaction, Motion platforms, Virtual prototypes, Data exchange, VR Complete systems, Augmented reality, Collaboration systems; VR and Design; Implementation of the VR in the industry; Human Computer Interfaces (HCI).
ObjectiveThe product development process in the future will be characterized by the Digital Product which is the center point for concurrent engineering with teams spreas worldwide. Visualization and simulation of complex products including their physical behaviour at an early stage of development will be relevant in future. The lecture will give an overview to techniques for virtual reality, to their ability to visualize and to simulate objects. It will be shown how virtual reality is already used in the product development process.
ContentIntroduction to the world of virtual reality; development of new VR-techniques; introduction to 3D-computergraphics; modelling; physical based simulation; human factors; human interaction; equipment for virtual reality; display technologies; tracking systems; data gloves; interaction in virtual environment; navigation; collision detection; haptic and tactile interaction; rendering; VR-systems; VR-applications in industry, virtual mockup; data exchange, augmented reality.
Lecture notesA complete version of the handout is also available in English.
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzungen:
Vorlesung geeignet für D-MAVT, D-ITET, D-MTEC und D-INF

Testat/ Kredit-Bedingungen/ Prüfung:
– Teilnahme an Vorlesung und Kolloquien
– Erfolgreiche Durchführung von Übungen in Teams
– Mündliche Einzelprüfung 30 Minuten
151-0516-00LNon-smooth DynamicsW+5 credits5GC. Glocker
AbstractInequality problems in dynamics, in particular friction and impact problems with discontinuities in velocity and acceleration. Mechanical models of unilateral contacts, friction, sprag clutches, pre-stressed springs. Formulation by set-valued maps as normal cone inclusions and proximal point problems. Numerical time integration and Gauss-Seidel methods for inequalities.
ObjectiveThe lecture provides the students an introduction to modern methods for inequality problems in dynamics. The contents of the lecture are fitted to frictional contact problems in mechanics, but can be transferred to a large class of inequality problems in technical sciences. The purpose of the lecture is to acquaint the students with a consistent generalization of classical mechanics towards systems with discontinuities, and to make them familiar with inequalities treated as set-valued constitutive laws.
Content1. Kinematik: Drehung, Geschwindigkeit, Beschleunigung, virtuelle Verschiebung.
2. Aufbau der Mechanik: Definition der Kraft, virtuelle Arbeit, innere und äussere Kräfte, Wechselwirkungsprinzip, Erstarrungsprinzip, mathematische Form des Freischneidens, Definition der idealen Bindung.
3. Starre Körper: Variationelle Form der Gleichgewichtsbedingungen, Systeme starrer Körper, Übergang auf Minimalkoordinaten.
4. Einfache generalisierte Kräfte: Generalisierte Kraftrichtungen, Kinematik der Kraftelemente, Kraftgesetze, Parallel- und Reihenschaltung.
5. Darstellung mengenwertiger Kraftgesetze: Normalkegel, proximale Punkte, exakte Regularisierung. Anwendung auf einseitige Kontakte und Coulomb-Reibgesetze.
6. Stossfreie und stossbehaftete Bewegung: Bewegungsgleichung, Stossgleichung, Newton-Stossgesetze, Diskussion von Mehrfachstössen, Kane's Paradoxon.
7. Numerische Behandlung: Massgleichung, Zeitdiskretisierung nach Moreau, Inklusionsproblem in lokalen Koordinaten, Prox-Problem, Gauss-Seidl-Iteration.
Lecture notesEs gibt kein Vorlesungsskript. Den Studierenden wird empfohlen, eine eigene Mitschrift der Vorlesung anzufertigen. Ein Katalog mit Übungsaufgaben und den zugehörigen Musterlösungen wird ausgegeben.
Prerequisites / NoticeKinematik und Statik & Dynamics
151-0540-00LExperimental Mechanics Information W4 credits2V + 1UJ. Dual
Abstract1. General aspects like transfer functions, vibrations, modal analysis, statistics, digital signal processing, phase locked loop, 2. Optical methods 3. Piezoelectricity 4. Electromagnetic excitation and detection 5. Capacitive Detection
ObjectiveUnderstanding, quantitative modelling and practical application of experimental methods for producing and measuring mechanical quantities (motion, deformation, stresses,..)
Content1. General Aspects: Measurement chain, transfer functions, vibrations and waves in continuous systems, modal analysis, statistics, digital signal analysis, phase locked loop. 2. Optical methods ( acousto optic modulation, interferometry, holography, photoelasticity, shadow optics, Moire methods ) 3. Piezoelectric materials: basic equations, applications, accelerometer ) 4. Electomagnetic excitation and detection, 5. Capacitive detection
Practical training and homeworks
Lecture notesno
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Mechanics I to III, Physics
151-0630-00LNanorobotics Information W4 credits2V + 1US. Pané Vidal, B. Nelson
AbstractNanorobotics is an interdisciplinary field that includes topics from nanotechnology and robotics. The aim of this course is to expose students to the fundamental and essential aspects of this emerging field.
ObjectiveThe aim of this course is to expose students to the fundamental and essential aspects of this emerging field. These topics include basic principles of nanorobotics, building parts for nanorobotic systems, powering and locomotion of nanorobots, manipulation, assembly and sensing using nanorobots, molecular motors, and nanorobotics for nanomedicine.
151-0641-00LIntroduction to Robotics and Mechatronics Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 60.

Enrollment is only valid through registration on the MSRL Website ( and will open on 12 December 2016. Registration per e-mail is no longer accepted!
W4 credits2V + 2UB. Nelson
AbstractThe aim of this lecture is to expose students to the fundamentals of mechatronic and robotic systems. Over the course of these lectures, topics will include how to interface a computer with the real world, different types of sensors and their use, different types of actuators and their use.
ObjectiveThe aim of this lecture is to expose students to the fundamentals of mechatronic and robotic systems. Over the course of these lectures, topics will include how to interface a computer with the real world, different types of sensors and their use, different types of actuators and their use, and forward and inverse kinematics. Throughout the course students will periodically attend laboratory sessions and implement lessons learned during lectures on real mechatronic systems.
ContentAn ever increasing number of mechatronic systems are finding their way into our daily lives. Mechatronic systems synergistically combine computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Robotics systems can be viewed as a subset of mechatronics that focuses on sophisticated control of moving devices. The aim of this lecture is to expose students to the fundamentals of these systems. Over the course of these lectures, topics will include how to interface a computer with the real world, different types of sensors and their use, different types of actuators and their use, and forward and inverse kinematics. Throughout the course students will periodically attend laboratory sessions and implement lessons learned during lectures on real mechatronic systems.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe registration is limited to 60 students.
There are 4 credit points for this lecture.
The lecture will be held in English.
The students are expected to be familiar with C programming.
151-0718-00LMetrology for Production - Metrology of WorkpiecesW+4 credits2V + 2UA. Günther
AbstractThe course "Metrology of workpieces" deals with definition and measurement of errors in size, location, form and roughness of workpieces, with typical measuring instruments and their measurement uncertainties, including coordinate measuring machines and vision systems, QS according to ISO 9001, statistical process control, as well as with the thermal influences on geometrical measurements.
ObjectiveKnowledge of
- basics of geometrical metrology
- evaluation of size, location, form and roughness of workpieces
- typical measuring instruments and their measurement uncertainties
- coordinate metrology
- vision systems
- quality assurance system according to ISO 9001
- statistical process control
- application in the manufacturing process and for the evaluation of machine tool capability
ContentMetrology for production - metrology of workpieces
- basics, like kinematic mounting
- definition and evaluation of size, location, form, roughness
- thermal influences on size, location, form
- measurement uncertainty
- coordinate metrology and 3D coordinate measuring machines
- areal form testing (vision systems)
- quality assurance system according to ISO 9001
- statistical process control
- metrology in the manufacturing process
- statistical process control, process and machine tool capability
Lecture notesDocuments are provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeExercises in the laboratories and with the measuring instruments of the institute for machine tools and manufacturing (IWF) provide the practical background for this course.
151-0735-00LDynamic Behavior of Materials and Structures
Does not take place this semester.
W4 credits2V + 2UD. Mohr
AbstractLectures and computer labs concerned with the modeling of the deformation response and failure of engineering materials (metals, polymers and composites) subject to extreme loadings during manufacturing, crash, impact and blast events.
ObjectiveStudents will learn to apply, understand and develop computational models of a large spectrum of engineering materials to predict their dynamic deformation response and failure in finite element simulations. Students will become familiar with important dynamic testing techniques to identify material model parameters from experiments. The ultimate goal is to provide the students with the knowledge and skills required to engineer modern multi-material solutions for high performance structures in automotive, aerospace and navel engineering.
ContentTopics include viscoelasticity, temperature and rate dependent plasticity, dynamic brittle and ductile fracture; impulse transfer, impact and wave propagation in solids; computational aspects of material model implementation into hydrocodes; simulation of dynamic failure of structures;
Lecture notesSlides of the lectures, relevant journal papers and users manuals will be provided.
LiteratureVarious books will be recommended covering the topics discussed in class
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse in continuum mechanics (mandatory), finite element method (recommended)
151-0802-00LAutomation TechnologyW+4 credits2V + 1UH. Wild, K. Wegener
AbstractThe automation of production lines will be dealt as interdisciplinary topic. The course contains:
- elementary elements of automatized systems
- Chain of action: sensors, signalisation, control and closed loop control, power electronics, actors
- Conception, description, computation, layout, design and simulation
- Availability and reliability
- Modern concepts
ObjectiveThe students shall acquire knowledge for projection and realization of highly automatized production systems. They will be trained to understand, overview and supervise the whole value chain from the definition of task the specification tender, conception and projection, the detailed design and startup. They shall know and be able to evaluate the solution possibilities, and the concepts in research and development.
ContentHighly developed industrialized nations are necessarily bound to automatization of manufacturing processes for their competitiveness. Conception, realization, startup and run in of automatized production lines, "to make them alive", is one of the most exciting businesses in engineering. For the layout of automatized systems mechatronic design is of greatest importance to achieve optimal and overall supreme solutions. The course focuses on the interdisciplinary solution space, spanned by mechanical engineering, process technology, electronics and electrical engineering, information technology and more and more optics. subsystems , the information and optical subsystems. The complete processing chain, from sensing to action, sensors, signalization, control and closed loop control, power electronics and actors is discussed.

Basic elements, sensors and actors, transmitting from mechanics to electronics and vice versa, as well as control systems and interfaces and bus systems are presented. In production technology these are applied in the different automation devices and then condensed to full production lines.

Different concepts for automation, layout planning, description and simulation and the interface to and safety of humans are topics. The economic boundary conditions are taken into account and lead to concepts for availability and reliability of complex systems and to the discussion of today's research concepts for fault tolerancing systems, to autodiagnosis and self repair, cognitive systems and agent systems.
In theoretical and experimental exercises the students can gain experience, that qualify them for the conception, computation and startup of automatized systems.
Lecture notesManuscripts are distributed per chapter
151-0834-00LForming Technology II - Introduction Virtual Process Modelling Information W+4 credits2V + 2UP. Hora
AbstractThe lecture imparts the principles of the nonlinear Finite-Element-Methods (FEM), implicit and explicit FEM-integration procedures for quasistatic applications, modeling of coupled thermo-mechanical problems, modeling of time dependent contact conditions, modeling of the nonlinear material behaviour, modeling of friction, FEM-based prediction of failure by means of cracks and crinkles.
ObjectiveProzess optimization through numerical methods
ContentApplication of virtual simulation methods for planning and optimization of metal-forming processes. Fundamentals of virtual simulation processes, based on Finite-Element-Methods (FEM) and Finite-Difference-Methods (FDM). Introduction to the basics of continuum and plasto mechanics to mathematically describe the plastic material flow of metals. The procedures to acquire process relevant features. The exercises include the application of industrial simulation tools for deep drawing in automotive applications, high pressure inner metal working (space frame) and rod extrusion.
Lecture notesyes
151-0836-00LVirtual Process Control in Forming Manufacturing Systems Information W+5 credits2V + 2UP. Hora
AbstractIntroduction to the methods of virtual modeling of manufacturing processes, illustrated with examples from the digital automotive plant and others. The lecture presents an opportunity to learn the application of non-linear finite element analysis and optimization methods and also adresses stochastical methods for the control of the robust processes.
ObjectiveIntegral study of virtual planning technologies in forming manufacturing systems
ContentIntroduction to the methods of digital plant modeling. Examples: digital automitive plant, digital space-frame manufacturing, digital extrusion plant. Methods: virtual modeling of complex forming processes, non-linear FEA, optimization methods, stochastical methods.
Lecture notesyes
151-0840-00LPrinciples of FEM-Based Optimization and Robustness Analysis Information W+5 credits2V + 2UB. Berisha, P. Hora, N. Manopulo
AbstractThe course provides fundamentals of stochastic simulation and non-linear optimization methods. Methods of non-linear optimizaion for complex mechanical systems will be introduced und applied on real processes. Typical applications of stochastical methods for the prediction of process stability and robustness analysis will be discussed.
ObjectiveReal systems are, in general, of non-linear nature. Moreover, they are submitted to process parameter variations. In spite of this, most research is performed assuming deterministic boundary conditions, in which all parameters are constant. As a consequence, such research cannot draw conclusions on real system behavior, but only on behavior under singular conditions. Hence, the objective of this course is to give an insight into stochastic simulations and non-linear optimization methods.

Students will learn mathematical methods e.g. gradient based and gradient free methods like genetic algorithm, and optimization tools (Matlab Optimization Toolbox) to solve basic optimization and stochastic problems.

Furthermore, special attention will be paid to the modeling of engineering problems using a commercial finite element program e.g. LS-Dyna to evaluate the mechanical response of a system, and an optimization tool e.g. LS-Opt for the mathematical optimization and robustness analysis.
ContentPrinciples of nonlinear optimization

- Introduction into nonlinear optimization and stochastic process simulation
- Principles of nonlinear optimization
- Introduction into the design optimization and probabilistic tool LS-Opt
- Design of Experiments DoE
- Introduction into nonlinear finite element methods

Optimization of nonlinear systems

- Application: Optimization of simple structures using LS-Opt and LS-Dyna
- Optimization based on meta modeling techniques
- Introduction into structure optimization
- Introduction into geometry parameterization for shape and topology optimization

Robustness and sensitivity of multiparameter systems

- Introduction into stochastics and robustness of processes
- Sensitivity analysis
- Application examples
Lecture notesyes
151-1224-00LOil-Hydraulics and PneumaticsW4 credits2V + 2UJ.  Lodewyks, K. Wegener
AbstractIntroduction to the physical and technical basics of oilhydraulic and pneumatic systems and their components as pumps, motors, cylinders and control valves, with emphasis on servo- and proportional techniques and feedback- controlled drives. In parallel an overview on application examples will be given
Objectivethe student
- can interpret and explain the function of an oilhydraulic or pneumatic system and can create basic circuit concepts
- can discribe the architecture and function of needed components and can select and design them to desired properties
- can simulate the dynamical behaviour of a servohydraulic cylinder- drive and can design an optimal state-feedback-control with observer
ContentSignificans of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, general definitions and typical application examples.
Review of important fluid-mechanical principles as compressibility, flow through orifices and friction losses in line-systems.
Components of hydraulic and pneumatic systems as pumps, motors, cylinders, control valves for direction, pressure and flow, proportional- and servo-valves, their function and structural composition.
Basic circuit concepts of hydraulic and pneumatic control systems.
Dynamical behaviour and state-feedback-control of servohydraulic and -pneumatic drives.
Design of a oilhydraulic drive-system
Measurement of the flow characteristic of an orifice, a pressure valve and a pump.
Simulation and experimental investigation of a state-feedback-controlled servo-cylinder-drive.
Lecture notesAutography Oelhydraulik
Skript Zustandsregelung eines Servohydraulischen Zylinderantriebes
Skript Elemente einer Druckluftversorgung
Skript Modellierung eines Servopneumatischen Zylinderantriebes
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is suitable for students as of 5th semester.
227-0516-01LElectrical Drive Systems I Information W6 credits4GP. Steimer, A. Omlin, C. A. Stulz
AbstractIn the course "Antriebssysteme I", a complete electrical drive including its main components is investigated. This includes mainly electrical machines, power seminconductors, power electronics converters and control algorithms for the complete drive system. Regarding the machines, the main focus is on the asynchronous machine, but also other concepts are covered.
ObjectiveThe students understand a complete electrical drive system including its main components like electrical machines, converters and controls.
ContentFundamentals in mechanics and magnetic circuits; Induction machine and synchronous machine; DC machine; Power semiconductors; Converter topologies; Controls (i.e. field oriented control).
Lecture notesLecture notes will be distributed (hardcopy und elektronisch)
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: Power Electronics (fall) or equivalent.

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