An introductory course in biomechanics. The course brings up basic human physiology and anatomy with emphasis on how organs are formed and function as a system. It teaches how the buildings stones of the human body, such as bone, articular cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood and body fluids, are modelled using knowledge from basic courses in mechanics and solid mechanics. The architecture of the skeleton and the apparatus of locomotion are described as a mechanical system where bones are coupled at joints and muscle activity controls the movement.
This course continues where the first Biomechanics course BMEN05 left off and digs deeper into how the mechanical competence of musculoskeletal tissues is affected by their composition-structure-function relationship. The course is structured around mechanics of materials and their application to the study of the mechanical behavior of skeletal tissues, whole bones, bone-implant systems, and diarthrodial joints. It describes the available methods to assess and understand these tissues both from an experimental and numerical approach, and how to use experimental data to develop theoretical models, as well as on using the knowledge gained to address common health related problems related to aging, disease and injury.