The course integrates the classic fields of mechanics?statics, dynamics, and strength of materials?using examples from biology and medicine, while introducing students to concepts of engineering mechanics required to understand the structure and movement of biological systems. This course covers the mechanical principals of living tissues and their effects of the motion dynamics and growth. It deals primarily with explaining biomechanics from a continuum mechanics perspective and covers topics such as concepts of tensorial stress and strain, constitutive equations, and mechanical properties of bio-solid and bio-fluid materials, viscoelasticity, torsion, and bending. The course also introduces topics specifically relevant to biological materials such as anisotropy, heterogeneity and failure mechanics. In addition to exploring fundamental engineering mechanics, this course will also enable students to apply these engineering principles to relevant real world biomedical problems.
- Lecturer: Davaughn Sanderson