151-0364-00L  Lightweight Structures Laboratory

SemesterAutumn Semester 2022
LecturersM. Zogg, P. Ermanni
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentNumber of participants limited to 24.


151-0364-00 AStrukturlabor
Die Lehrveranstaltung beginnt in der zweiten Semesterwoche.
5 hrs
Thu14:15-17:00IFW A 36 »
M. Zogg, P. Ermanni

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AbstractTeams of 2 to 3 students have to design, size, and manufacture a lightweight structre complying with given specifications. An aircraft wing spar prototype as well as later a second improved spar will be tested and assessed regarding to design and to structural mechanical criteria.
ObjectiveTo develop the skills to identify and solve typical problems of the structure mechanics on a real application. Other important aspects are to foster team work and team spirit, to link theoretical knowledge and practice, to gather practical experiences in various fields related to lightweight structures such as design, different CAE-methods and structural testing.
ContentThe task of each team (typically 2-2 students) is the realization of a reduced-scale aircraft wing spar, a typical load-carrying structure, with selected materials. The teams are free to develop and implement their own ideas. In this context, specified requirements include information about loads, interface to the surrounding structures.

The project is structured as described below:
- Concept development
- design of the component including FEM simulation and stability checks
- manufacturing and structural testing of a prototype in the lab
- manufacturing and structural testing of an improved component in the lab
- cost assessment
- Report

The project work is supported by selected teaching units.
Lecture noteshandouts for selected topics are available

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersP. Ermanni, M. Zogg
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Note ergibt sich aus 3 Teilnoten: Präsentationen bei Kolloquium und Versuchen (20%), Bericht und Qualität der Ergebnisse (40%), mündliche Prüfung (in Gruppe mit Fragen an einzelne Studenten, 45 Min., 40%).

Learning materials

Main linkMoodle-Kurs / Moodle course
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


Places24 at the most
Waiting listuntil 28.09.2022

Offered in

Mechanical Engineering BachelorDesign, Mechanics and MaterialsW+Information