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Mechanical Engineering Bachelor Information
6. Semester
Focus Specialization
Management, Technology and Economics
Focus Coordinators: Prof. Stefano Brusoni D-MTEC and Dr. Bastian Bergmann D-MTEC
351-0578-00LIntroduction to Economic Policy Restricted registration - show details W2 credits2VH. Mikosch
AbstractFirst approach to the theory of economic policy.
ObjectiveFirst approach to the theory of economic policy.
ContentWirtschaftspolitik ist die Gesamtheit aller Massnahmen von staatlichen Institutionen mit denen das Wirtschaftsgeschehen geregelt und gestaltet wird. Die Vorlesung bietet einen ersten Zugang zur Theorie der Wirtschaftspolitik.

Gliederung der Vorlesung:

1.) Wohlfahrtsökonomische Grundlagen: Wohlfahrtsfunktion, Pareto-Optimalität, Wirtschaftspolitik als Mittel-Zweck-Analyse u.a.

2.) Wirtschaftsordnungen: Geplante und ungeplante Ordnung
3.) Wettbewerb und Effizienz: Hauptsätze der Wohlfahrtsökonomik, Effizienz von Wettbewerbsmärkten
4.) Wettbewerbspolitik: Sicherstellung einer wettbewerblichen Ordnung

Gründe für Marktversagen:
5.) Externe Effekte
6.) Öffentliche Güter
7.) Natürliche Monopole
8.) Informationsasymmetrien
9.) Anpassungskosten
10.) Irrationalität

11.) Wirtschaftspolitik und Politische Ökonomie

Die Vorlesung beinhaltet Anwendungsbeispiele und Exkurse, um eine Verbindung zwischen Theorie und Praxis der Wirtschaftspolitik herzustellen. Z. B. Verteilungseffekte von wirtschaftspolitischen Massnahmen, Kartellpolitik am Ölmarkt, Internalisierung externer Effekte durch Emissionshandel, moralisches Risiko am Finanzmarkt, Nudging, zeitinkonsistente Präferenzen im Bereich der Gesundheitspolitik
Lecture notesJa (in Form von Vorlesungsslides).
351-0778-00LDiscovering Management
Entry level course in management for BSc, MSc and PHD students at all levels not belonging to D-MTEC.
This course can be complemented with Discovering Management (Excercises) 351-0778-01L.
W3 credits3GL. De Cuyper, S. Brusoni, B. Clarysse, V. Hoffmann, T. Netland, G. von Krogh
AbstractDiscovering Management offers an introduction to the field of business management and entrepreneurship for engineers and natural scientists. The module provides an overview of the principles of management, teaches knowledge about management that is highly complementary to the students' technical knowledge, and provides a basis for advancing the knowledge of the various subjects offered at D-MTEC.
ObjectiveThe objective of this course is to introduce the students to the relevant topics of the management literature and give them a good introduction in entrepreneurship topics too. The course is a series of lectures on the topics of strategy, innovation, marketing, corporate social responsibility, and productions and operations management. These different lectures provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations of management. In addition, students are required to work in teams on a project. The purpose of this project is to analyse the innovative needs of a large multinational company and develop a business case for the company to grow.
ContentDiscovering Management aims to broaden the students' understanding of the principles of business management, emphasizing the interdependence of various topics in the development and management of a firm. The lectures introduce students not only to topics relevant for managing large corporations, but also touch upon the different aspects of starting up your own venture. The lectures will be presented by the respective area specialists at D-MTEC.
The course broadens the view and understanding of technology by linking it with its commercial applications and with society. The lectures are designed to introduce students to topics related to strategy, corporate innovation, corporate social responsibility, and business model innovation. Practical examples from industry will stimulate the students to critically assess these issues.
Prerequisites / NoticeDiscovering Management is designed to suit the needs and expectations of Bachelor students at all levels as well as Master and PhD students not belonging to D-MTEC. By providing an overview of Business Management, this course is an ideal enrichment of the standard curriculum at ETH Zurich.
No prior knowledge of business or economics is required to successfully complete this course.
351-0778-01LDiscovering Management (Exercises)
Complementary exercises for the module Discovering Managment.

Prerequisite: Participation and successful completion of the module Discovering Management (351-0778-00L) is mandatory.
W1 credit1UB. Clarysse
AbstractThis course is offered complementary to the basis course 351-0778-00L, "Discovering Management". The course offers an additional exercise in the form of a project conducted in team.
ObjectiveThis course is offered to complement the course 351-0778-00L. The course offers an additional exercise to the more theoretical and conceptual content of Discovering Management.

While Discovering Management offers an introduction to various management topics, in this course, creative skills will be trained by the business game exercise. It is a participant-centered, team-based learning activity, which provides students with the opportunity to place themselves in the role of Chief Innovation Officer of a large multinational company.
ContentAs the students learn more about the specific case and identify the challenge they are faced with, they will have to develop an innovative business case for this multinational corporation. Doing so, this exercise will provide an insight into the context of managerial problem-solving and corporate innovation, and enhance the students' appreciation for the complex tasks companies and managers deal with. The exercise presents a realistic model of a company and provides a valuable learning platform to integrate the increasingly important development of the skills and competences required to identify entrepreneurial opportunities, analyse the future business environment and successfully respond to it by taking systematic decisions, e.g. critical assessment of technological possibilities.
363-0764-00LProject ManagementW2 credits2VC. G. C. Marxt
AbstractThe course gives a detailed introduction into various aspects of classic and agile project management. Established concepts and methods for initiating, planning and executing projects are introduced and major challenges discussed. Additionally the course covers different agile and hybrid project management concepts.
ObjectiveProjects are not only the base of work in modern enterprises but also the primary type of cooperation with customers. Students of ETH will often work in or manage projects in the course of their career. Good project management knowledge is not only a guarantee for individual but also for company wide success.

The goal of this course is to give a detailed introduction into project management, more specific participants
- will understand the basics of successful classic and agile project management
- are able to apply the concepts and methods of project management in their day to day work
- are able to identify different project management practices and are able to suggest improvements
- will contribute to projects in your organization in a positive way
- will be able to plan and execute projects successfully.
ContentThe competitiveness of companies is driven by the development of a concise strategy and its successful implementation. Especially strategy execution poses several challenges to senior management: clear communication of goals, ongoing follow up of activities, a sound monitoring and control system. All these aspect are covered by successfully implementing and applying program and project management. As an introductory course we will focus mainly on project management.
In the last decade project management has become an important discipline in management and several internationally recognized project management methods can be found: PMBOK, IPMA ICB, PRINCE 2, etc. These frameworks have proven to be very useful in day-to-day work.
Unfortunately the environment companies are working in has changed parallel to the rise of PM as a discipline. Incremental but even more important fundamental changes happen more often and much faster than a decade ago. Experience has shown that the classic PM approaches lack the inherent dynamics to cope with these challenges. So overtime new methods have surfaced, such as SCRUM. These methods are called Agile Project Management methods and follow a dynamic model of reality, called complex adaptive systems perspective.
This course will cover both classic and agile project management topics. The first part of the semester will lay the basics by discussing the classic way of planning, organizing and executing a project based on its life cycle. Topics covered include: drafting project proposals, stake holder analysis, different aspects of project planning, project organization, project risk management, project execution, project control, leadership in projects incl. conflict mitigation strategies, termination and documentation. In the second part basic conceptual topics for agile project management such as the agile manifesto, SCRUM, Lean, Kanban, XP, rapid results are covered. The course tries to tap into pre-existing knowledge of the participants using a very interactive approach including in-class discussion, short exercises and case studies.
Lecture notesNo
The lecture slides and other additional material (papers, book chapters, case studies, etc.) will be available for download from Moodle before each class.
363-1017-00LRisk and Insurance EconomicsW3 credits2GI. Gemmo
AbstractThe course covers the economics of risk and insurance, in particular the following topics will be discussed:
2) individual decision making under risk
3) fundamentals of insurance
4) information asymmetries in insurance markets
5) the macroeconomic role of insurers
ObjectiveThe goal is to introduce students to basic concepts of risk, risk management and economics of insurance.
Content“The ability to define what may happen in the future and to choose among alternatives lies at the heart of contemporary societies. Risk management guides us over a vast range of decision-making from allocation of wealth to safeguarding public health, from waging war to planning a family, from paying insurance premiums to wearing a seatbelt, from planting corn to marketing cornflakes.” (Peter L. Bernstein)

Every member of society faces various decisions under uncertainty on a daily basis. Many individuals apply measures to manage these risks without even thinking about it; many are subject to behavioral biases when making these decisions. In the first part of this lecture, we discuss normative decision concepts, such as Expected Utility Theory, and contrast them with empirically observed behavior.

Students learn about the rationale for individuals to purchase insurance as part of a risk management strategy. In a theoretical framework, we then derive the optimal level of insurance demand and discuss how this result depends on the underlying assumptions. After learning the basics for understanding the specifications, particularities, and mechanisms of insurance markets, we discuss the consequences of information asymmetries in these markets.

Insurance companies do not only provide individuals with a way to decrease uncertainty of wealth, they also play a vital role for businesses that want to manage business risk, for the real economy by providing funds and pooling risks, and for the financial market by being important counterparties in numerous financial transactions. In the last part of this lecture, we shed light on these different roles of insurance companies. We compare the implications for different stakeholders and (insurance) markets in general.

Finally, course participants familiarize themselves with selected research papers that analyze individuals’ decision-making under risk or examine specific details about the different roles of insurance companies.
LiteratureMain literature:

- Eeckhoudt, L., Gollier, C., & Schlesinger, H. (2005). Economic and Financial Decisions under Risk. Princeton University Press.
- Zweifel, P., & Eisen, R. (2012). Insurance Economics. Springer.

Further readings:

- Dionne, G. (Ed.). (2013). Handbook of Insurance (2nd ed.). Springer.
- Hufeld, F., Koijen, R. S., & Thimann, C. (Eds.). (2017). The Economics, Regulation, and Systemic Risk of Insurance Markets. Oxford University Press.
- Niehaus, H., & Harrington, S. (2003). Risk Management and Insurance (2nd ed.). McGraw Hill.
- Rees, R., & Wambach, A. (2008). The Microeconomics of Insurance, Foundations and Trends® in Microeconomics, 4(1–2), 1-163.
363-1038-00LSustainability Start-Up Seminar Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.
W3 credits2GA. H. Sägesser
AbstractExperts lead participants through a venturing process inspired by Lean and Design Thinking methodologies. The course contains problem identification, idea generation and evaluation, team formation, and the development of one entrepreneurial idea per team. A special focus is put on sustainability, in particular on climate change and biodiversity.
Objective1. Students have experienced and know how to take the first steps towards co-creating a venture and potentially company
2. Students reflect deeply on sustainability issues (with a focus on climate change & biodiversity) and can formulate a problem statement
3. Students believe in their ability to bring change to the world with their own ideas
4. Students are able to apply entrepreneurial practices such as the lean startup approach
5. Students have built a first network and know how to proceed and who to approach in case they would like to take their ventures further.
ContentThis course is aimed at people with a keen interest to address sustainability issues (with a focus on climate change and biodiversity), with a curious mindset, and potentially first ideas for entrepreneurial action!

The seminar consists of a mix of lectures, workshops, individual working sessions, teamwork, and student presentations/pitches. This class is taught by a reflective practitioner of entrepreneurial action for societal transformation. Real-world climate entrepreneurs and experts from the Swiss start-up and sustainability community will be invited to support individual sessions.

All course content is based on latest international entrepreneurship practices.

The seminar starts with an introduction to sustainability (with a special focus on climate change & energy) and entrepreneurship. Students are asked to self-select into an area of their interest in which they will develop entrepreneurial ideas throughout the course.

The first part of the course then focuses on deeply understanding sustainability problems within the area of interest. Through workshops and self-study, students will identify key design challenges, generate ideas, as well as provide systematic and constructive feedback to their peers.

In the second part of the course, students will form teams around their generated ideas. In these teams they will develop a business model and, following the lean start-up process, conduct real-life testing, as well as pivoting of these business models.

In the final part of the course, students present their insights gained from the lean start-up process, as well as pitch their entrepreneurial ideas and business models to an expert jury. The course will conclude with a session that provides students with a network and resources to further pursue their entrepreneurial journey.
Lecture notesAll material will be made available to the participants.
LiteratureNo pre-reading required.

Recommended literature:
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite:
Interest in sustainability & entrepreneurship.

1. It is not required that participants already have an idea for entrepreneurial action at the beginning of the course.
2. Focus is on entrepreneurial action which can take many forms. Eg. startup, SME, campaign, intrapreneurial action, non-profit, ...
2. No legal entities (e.g. GmbH, Association, AG) need to be founded for this course.

Target participants:
PhD students, Msc students and MAS students from all departments. The number of participants is limited to max.30.

Waiting list:
After subscribing you will be added to the waiting list.
The lecturer will contact you a few weeks before the start of the seminar to confirm your interest and to ensure a good mixture of study backgrounds, only then you're accepted to the course.
Design, Mechanics and Materials
Focus Coordinator: Prof. Kristina Shea
In order to achieve the required 20 credit points for the Focus Specialization Design, Mechanics and Material you are free to choose any of the courses offered within the focus and are encouraged to select among those recommended. If you wish to take one of the Master level courses, you must get approval from the lecturer.
151-0332-00LInterdisciplinary Product Development: Definition, Realisation and Validation of Product Concepts Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to: 5 (ETHZ) + 20 (ZHdK)

To apply for the course please create a pdf of 2+ Pages describing yourself and your motivation for the course as well as one or more of your former development projects. Please add minimum one picture and your CV as well, send the pdf to
W+4 credits2G + 4AM. Schütz
AbstractThis course is offered by the Design and Technology Lab Zurich, a platform where students from the disciplines industrial design (ZHdK) and mechanical engineering (ETH) can learn, meet and perform projects together. In interdisciplinary teams the students develop a product by applying methods used in the different disciplines within the early stages of product development.
ObjectiveThis interdisciplinary course has the following learning objectives:
- to learn and apply methods of the early stages of product development from both fields: mechanical engineering and industrial design
- to use iterative and prototyping-based development (different types of prototypes and test scenarios)
- to run through a development process from product definition to final prototype and understand the mechanisms behind it
- to experience collaboration with the other discipline and learn how to approach and deal with any appearing challenge
- to understand and experience consequences which may result of decision taken within the development process
ContentAt the end of the course each team should present an innovative product concept which convinces from both, the technical as well as the design perspective. The product concept should be presented as functioning prototype.

The learning objectives will be reached with the following repeating cycle:
1) input lectures
The relevant theoretical basics will be taught in short lectures by different lecturers from both disciplines, mechanical engineering an industrial design. The focus is laid on methods, processes and principles of product development.
2) team development
The students work on their projects individually and apply the taught methods. At the same time, they will be coached and supported by mentors to pass through the product development process successfully.
3) presentation
Important milestones are presented and discussed during the course, thus allowing teams to learn from each other.
4) reflection
The students deepen their understanding of the new knowledge and learn from failures. This is especially important if different disciplines work together and use methods from both fields.
Lecture notesHands out after input lectures
Prerequisites / NoticeNumber of participants limited to: 5 (ETHZ) + 20 (ZHdK)

To apply for the course please create a pdf of 2+ Pages describing yourself and your motivation for the course as well as one or more of your former development projects. Please add minimum one picture and Your CV as well, send the pdf to
151-0540-00LExperimental MechanicsW+4 credits2V + 1UJ. Dual, T. Brack
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, Elektrotechnik
151-3202-00LProduct Development and Engineering Design Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 60.
W+4 credits2GK. Shea, T. Stankovic
AbstractThe course introduces students to the product development process. In a team, you will explore the early phases of conceptual development and product design, from ideation and concept generation through to hands-on prototyping. This is an opportunity to gain product development experience and improve your skills in prototyping and presenting your product ideas. The project topic changes each year.
ObjectiveThe course introduces you to the product development process and methods in engineering design for: product planning, user-centered design, creating product specifications, ideation including concept generation and selection methods, material selection methods and prototyping. Further topics include design for manufacture and design for additive manufacture. You will actively apply the process and methods learned throughout the semester in a team on a product development project including prototyping.
ContentWeekly topics accompanying the product development project include:
1 Introduction to Product Development and Engineering Design
2 Product Planning and Social-Economic-Technology (SET) Factors
3 User-Centered Design and Product Specifications
4 Concept Generation and Selection Methods
5 System Design and Embodiment Design
6 Prototyping and Prototype Planning
7 Material Selection in Engineering Design
8 Design for Manufacture and Design for Additive Manufacture
Lecture notesavailable on Moodle
LiteratureUlrich, Eppinger, and Yang, Product Design and Development. 7th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2020.

Cagan and Vogel, Creating Breakthrough Products: Revealing the Secrets that Drive Global Innovation, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, 2013.
Prerequisites / NoticeAlthough the course is offered to ME (BSc and MSc) and CS (BSc and MSc) students, priority will be given to ME BSc students in the Focus Design, Mechanics, and Materials if the course is full.
151-0304-00LEngineering Design IIW4 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 W4 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.
• Students are able to evaluate and select the most appropriate VR technology for a given task regarding:
o Visualization technologies displays/projection systems/head-mounted displays
o Tracking systems (inertia/optical/electromagnetic)
o Interaction technologies (sensing gloves/real walking/eye tracking/touch/etc.)
• Students are able to develop a VR application
• Students are able to apply VR to industrial needs
• Students will be able to apply the gained knowledge to a practical realization
• Students will be able to compare different operation principles (VR/AR/MR/XR)
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
151-0324-00LEngineering Design with Polymers and Polymer Composites Information W4 credits2V + 1UG. P. Terrasi
AbstractScope of neat and fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) for load bearing applications. State-of-the-art and trends. Design procedures for neat polymers under sustained, combined, and fatigue loading conditions. Stability and brittle fracture issues. Composition of FRP. Properties of fibre and matrix materials. Processing and design of FRP: laminate and net theory, stability, creep and fatigue behaviour.
ObjectiveImpart the basics to future mechanical, civil, and materials engineers for the engineering design with neat polymers and fibre reinforced polymers (FRP) for load bearing applications. In parallel to the presentation of the basics many practical applications will be treated in detail.
Content1. Introduction

1.1 Retrospective view
1.2 State-of-the-art
1.3 Prospects for the future
1.4 References

2. Engineering design with neat polymers and with random-oriented fibre
reinforced polymers

2.1 Scope of applications
2.2 Static loading
2.21 Tensile- and compressive loading
2.22 Flexural loading
2.23 Combined loading
2.24 Buckling
2.3 Fatigue
2.4 Brittle failure
2.5 Variable loading
2.6 Thermal stresses
2.7 To be subjected to aggressive chemicals
2.8 Processing of neat polymers
2.9 References

3. Composition and manufacturing techniques for fibre reinforced

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Materials
3.21 Matrices
3.22 Fibres
3.3 Manufacturing techniques
3.31 Hand lay-up moulding
3.32 Directed fibre spray-up moulding
3.33 Low pressure compression moulding
3.34 High pressure compression moulding
3.35 Pultrusion
3.36 Centrifugal casting
3.37 Filament winding
3.38 Robots
3.39 Remarks about the design of moulds
3.4 References

4. Engineering design with high performance fibre reinforced polymers

4.1 Introduction
4.2 The unidirectional ply (or lamina)
4.21 Stiffness of the unidirectional ply
4.22 Thermal properties of the unidirectional ply
4.23 Failure criteria for the unidirectional ply
4.3 rules fort he design of components made out of high performance fibre
reinforced polymers
4.4 Basics of the net theory
4.41 Assumptions and definitions
4.42 Estimation of the fibre forces in a plies
4.5 Basics of the classical laminate theory (CLT)
4.51 Assumptions and definitions
4.52 Elastic constants of multilayer laminate
4.53 Strains and curvatures in a multilayer laminate due to mechanical
4.54 Calculation of the stresses in the unidirectional plies due to mechanical loading
4.55 Strains and curvatures in a multilayer laminate due to mechanical and thermal loading
4.56 Calculation of the stresses in the unidirectional plies due to mechanical and thermal loading
4.57 Procedure of stress analysis
4.58 Taking account of the non-linear behaviour of the matrix
4.59 Admissible stresses, evaluation of existing stresses
4.6 Puck’s action plane fracture criteria
4.7 Selected problems of buckling
4.8 Selected problems of fatigue
4.9 References
Lecture notesThe script will be distributed at the beginning of the course
LiteratureThe script is including a comprehensive list of references
151-0515-00LContinuum Mechanics 2W4 credits2V + 1UE. Mazza, R. Hopf
AbstractAn introduction to finite deformation continuum mechanics and nonlinear material behavior. Coverage of basic tensor- manipulations and calculus, descriptions of kinematics, and balance laws . Discussion of invariance principles and mechanical response functions for elastic materials.
ObjectiveTo provide a modern introduction to the foundations of continuum mechanics and prepare students for further studies in solid
mechanics and related disciplines.
Content1. Tensors: algebra, linear operators
2. Tensors: calculus
3. Kinematics: motion, gradient, polar decomposition
4. Kinematics: strain
5. Kinematics: rates
6. Global Balance: mass, momentum
7. Stress: Cauchy's theorem
8. Stress: alternative measures
9. Invariance: observer
10. Material Response: elasticity
Lecture notesNone.
LiteratureRecommended texts:
(1) Nonlinear solid mechanics, G.A. Holzapfel (2000).
(2) An introduction to continuum mechanics, M.B. Rubin (2003).
151-0516-00LNon-smooth Dynamics
Diese Lerneinheit wird zum letzten Mal im FS21 angeboten.
W5 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 linear complementarity problems. Numerical time integration of the combined friction impact contact problem.
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: Lineares Komplementaritätsproblem (LCP), Zeitdiskretisierung nach Moreau, Kontaktproblem in lokalen Koordinaten als LCP.
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
151-0518-00LComputational Mechanics I: Intro to FEAW4 credits4GD. Kochmann
AbstractNumerical methods and techniques for solving initial boundary value problems in solid mechanics (heat conduction, static and dynamic mechanics problems of solids and structures). Finite difference methods, indirect and direct techniques, variational methods, finite element (FE) method, FE analysis in small strains for applications in structural mechanics and solid mechanics.
ObjectiveTo understand the concepts and application of numerical techniques for the solution of initial boundary value problems in solid and structural mechanics, particularly including the finite element method for static and dynamic problems.
Content1. Introduction, direct and indirect numerical methods. 2. Finite differences, stability analysis. 3. Variational methods. 4. Finite element method. 5. Structural elements (bars and beams). 6. 2D and 3D solid elements (isoparametric and simplicial elements), numerical quadrature. 7. Assembly, solvers, finite element technology. 8. Dynamics, vibrations. 9. Selected topics in finite element analysis.
Lecture notesLecture notes will be provided. Students are strongly encouraged to take their own notes during class.
LiteratureNo textbook required; relevant reference material will be suggested.
Prerequisites / NoticeMechanics 1 & 2 and Dynamics.
151-0544-00LMetal Additive Manufacturing - Mechanical Integrity and Numerical Analysis
Does not take place this semester.
W4 credits3G
AbstractAn introduction to Metal Additive Manufacturing (MAM) (e.g. different techniques, the metallurgy of common alloy-systems, existing challenges) will be given. The focus of the lecture will be on the employment of different simulation approaches to address MAM challenges and to enable exploiting the full advantage of MAM for the manufacture of structures with desired property and functionality.
ObjectiveThe main objectives of this lecture are:
- Acknowledging the possibilities and challenges for MAM (with a particular focus on mechanical integrity aspects),
- Understanding the importance of material science and metallurgical considerations in MAM,
- Appreciating the importance of thermal, fluid, mechanical and microstructural simulations for efficient use of MAM technology,
- Using different commercial analysis tools (COMSOL, ANSYS, ABAQUS) for simulation of the MAM process.
ContentPreliminary lecture schedule:
- Introduction to MAM (concept, application examples, pros & cons),
- 2x Powder-bed and powder-blown metal additive manufacturing,
- Thermo-fluid analysis of additive manufacturing,
- Continuum-based thermal modelling and experimental validation techniques,
- Residual stress and distortion simulation and verification methods,
- 2x Microstructural simulation (basics, analytical, kinetic Monte Carlo, cellular automata, phase-field),
- Mechanical property prediction for MAM,
- 3x Microstructure and mechanical response of MAM material (steels, Ti6Al4V, Inconel, Al alloys),
- Design for additive manufacturing
- Artificial intelligence for AM
Exercise sessions use COMSOL, ANSYS, ABAQUS packages for analysis of MAM process. Detailed video-instructions will be provided to enable students setting up their own simulations. COMSOL, ANSYS and ABAQUS agreed to support the course by providing licenses for the course attendees and therefore the students can install the packages on their own systems.
Lecture notesHandouts of the presented slides.
LiteratureNo textbook is available for the course (unfortunately), since it is a dynamic and relatively new topic. In addition to the material presented in the course slides, suggestions/recommendations for additional literature/publications will be given (for each individual topic).
Prerequisites / NoticeA basic knowledge of mechanical analysis, metallurgy, thermodynamics is recommended.
151-0552-00LFracture MechanicsW4 credits3GL. De Lorenzis
AbstractThe course provides an introduction to the concepts of fracture mechanics and covers theoretical concepts as well as the basics of experimental and computational methods. Both linear and non-linear fracture mechanics are covered, adopting the stress and the energetic viewpoints. A basic overview of fatigue and dynamic fracture is also given.
ObjectiveTo acquire the basic concepts of fracture mechanics in theory, numerics and experiments, and to be able to apply them to the solution of relevant problems in solid and structural mechanics.
Content1. Introduction: damage and fracture mechanisms, brittle and ductile fracture, stress concentrations, weak and strong singularities. 2. Linear elastic fracture mechanics: the stress approach, the energy approach, mixed-mode fracture, size effects. 3. Elasto-plastic fracture mechanics: small-scale yielding, crack tip opening displacement, J integral. 4. Basics of experimental methods in fracture mechanics. 5. Basics of computational methods in fracture mechanics: finite element techniques, cohesive zone models, phase field modeling. 6. Overview of additional topics: fatigue, dynamic fracture, environmental cracking.
Lecture notesLecture notes will be provided. However, students are encouraged to take their own notes.
Prerequisites / NoticeMechanics 1, 2, and Dynamics.
151-3204-00LCoaching Innovation ProjectsW2 credits2VR. P. Haas
AbstractThe course is building up skills and experience in coaching engineering teams. To gain experience and to reflect real coaching situations, the participants of the course have the role of teaching assistance of the innovation project (151-0300-00L). In this framework the participants coach teams and professionalize the knowledge in the area product development methods.
Objective- Critical thinking and reasoned judgements
- Basic knowledge about role and mindset of a coach
- Understanding the challenges of engineering projects and design teams
- Development of personal skills to apply and train product development methods
- Knowledge and know-how about applying methods
- Reflection and exchange of experiences about personal coaching situations
- Inspiration and learning from good cases regarding organizational and team management aspects
- Decision-making under uncertainty
ContentHere is the schedule with dates and topics for Live Sessions
on Mondays, 16:15-18:00
Link to Zoom-Meetings is published in the Moodle Course:

22.02.2021: Base Camp, Experience exchange
01.03.2021: Course intro, Coaching roles & Virtual coaching
08.03.2021: Active listening & Giving and receiving feedback
15.03.2021: Coaching model GROW & Asking questions
22.03.2021: Working with hypothesis & Motivation
29.03.2021: Reflection on individual coaching sessions 1
12.04.2021: 1:1 Coaching
26.04.2021: Team building & Psychological safety
03.05.2021: Facilitating conflicts
10.05.2021: Reflection on individual coaching sessions 2
17.05.2021: Reflexivity & Reviews of your interventions

For each live session preparatory material is provided on Moodle, enabling participants to start these sessions well equipped.
Prerequisites / NoticeOnly for participants (Bachelor Students, Master Students) who are teaching assistants in the innovation project).
327-3002-00LMaterials for Mechanical EngineersW4 credits2V + 1UR. Spolenak, A. R. Studart, R. Style
AbstractThis course provides a basic foundation in materials science for mechanical engineers. Students learns how to select the right material for the application at hand. In addition, the appropriate processing-microstructure-property relationship will lead to the fundamental understanding of concepts that determines the mechanical and functional properties.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course, the student will able to:
• choose the appropriate material for mechanical engineering applications
• find the optimal compromise between materials property, cost and ecological impact
• understand the most important concepts that allow for the tuning of mechanical and functional properties of materials
ContentBlock A: Materials Selection
• Principles of Materials Selection
• Introduction to the Cambridge Engineering Selector
• Cost optimization and penalty functions
• Ecoselection

Block B: Mechanical properties across materials classes
• Young's modulus from 1 Pa to 1 TPa
• Failure: yield strength, toughness, fracture toughness, and fracture energy
• Strategies to toughen materials from gels to metals.

Block C: Structural Light Weight Materials
• Aluminum and magnesium alloys
• Engineering and fiber-reinforced polymers

Block D: Structural Materials in the Body
• Strength, stiffness and wear resistance
• Processing, structure and properties of load-bearing implants

Block E: Structural High Temperature Materials
• Superalloys and refractory metals
• Structural high-temperature ceramics

Block F: Materials for Sensors
• Semiconductors
• Piezoelectrica

Block G: Dissipative dynamics and bonding
• Frequency dependent materials properties (from rheology of soft materials to vibration damping in structural materials)
• Adhesion energy and contact mechanics
• Peeling and delamination

Block H: Materials for 3D Printing
• Deposition methods and their consequences for materials (deposition by sintering, direct ink writing, fused deposition modeling, stereolithography)
• Additive manufacturing of structural and active Materials
Literature• Kalpakjian, Schmid, Werner, Werkstofftechnik
• Ashby, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design
• Meyers, Chawla, Mechanical Behavior of Materials
• Rösler, Harders, Bäker, Mechanisches Verhalten der Werkstoffe
Engineering Tools
The Engineering Tools courses are for MAVT Bachelor’s degree students only.
151-0027-10LEngineering Tool: Programming with LabView Restricted registration - show details
The Engineering Tools courses are for MAVT Bachelor’s degree students only.

Only one course can be chosen per semester.
W0.4 credits1KL. Prochazka
AbstractAn introduction is given to the LabView programming environment. The basic concepts of "virtual instruments" and data flow programming are presented. Computer-based exercises are solved during class. A simple electronic data acquisition module is used to demonstrate basic concepts of interface management and data acquisition.
ObjectiveIntroduction to the LabView programming environment.
Understanding of fundamental concepts: virtual instruments, data flow programming, control structures, data types etc.
Development of basic programming skills using in-class exercises on computers.
Prerequisites / NoticeDue to the current Corona situation, the Engineering Tools course in LabVIEW programming will take place online in the Spring Semester 2021. Please, consider the following information:

1. On Monday (22.2.21), you will receive an invitation for a Zoom conference meeting containing a link, you can join the course on all 3 afternoons.

2. Before the course start, every participant has to install the student version of LabVIEW. The Software is available in the IT Shop (ITSM) for free. During the installation, you have to verify that the driver package for National Instruments data acquisition devices (NI DAQmx) is installed properly. Therefore, consult the corresponding installation instructions. The link for document download can be found in the document repository accessible via “myStudies” or “course catalog”.

3. During the course, we will work with a data acquisition device from National Instruments. The hardware will be distributed to all participants for the duration of the course. Please, collect the material in the IFD secretariat (ML H31, Maria Halbleib) on Monday (22.2.21) between 1:30 pm and 5 pm and on Tuesday (23.2.21) between 9 am and 11:30 am. Also, you will receive a MEMS-Gyro and an exercise book. You have to acknowledge receipt of the hardware with your signature and the device ID (see the number on the packaging) and pay a deposit of CHF 50. The hardware must be returned to the secretariat within few days after the end of the course. Please, return complete and nicely packed. You can keep the exercise book.

4. The first exercise requires a start-file (Audio Equalizer Starting Point which can be downloaded from the teaching document repository as well. Furthermore, you need an MP3-player such as a smartphone or a PC with an audio output (3.5mm jack). Depending on where you follow the course headphones are recommended.
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