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Biomechanics, BMEN05

Welcome to the course Biomechanics!

Credits: 7,5 hp. Level: A. Responsible teacher: Ingrid Svensson, . Assistant teachers: Lorenzo Grassi, and Neashan Mathavan, .  Recommended prerequisites: Basic courses in Mechanics and Solid Mechanics. Teaching: Lectures mixed with problem solving 26 h. Individual study: 100 h. Assessment: Three written compulsory assignments, one short oral presentation, two labs and an individual home exam which is graded. Study period: 1 in the autumn


The course starts off in a short introduction in physiology and anatomy where the emphasis is put on how organs are built up and work together. After that, the building stones of the human body i.e. bone, articular cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood and body fluids are described and modelled in the context known from earlier courses in mechanics and solid mechanics. Concepts like constitutive equations are applied to biological material e.g. bone, where effects from mechanical loading on the inner structure are discussed and modelled. The architecture of the skeleton and the apparatus of locomotion are described as mechanical systems where the bones are coupled together in joints and the activity in the muscles control the movements. The big joint systems, i.e. knee, hip and spine are analysed and human motion is analysed both in terms of measurements and numerical models.

The syllabus for the course is found here: Syllabus


  • Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System, 3-rd or 4-th edition, M. Nordin and V.H. Frankel, other relevant books will be used as alternatives and supplements (available as pdf´s) 
  • When to read will soon be founded here
  • If you are new in the medical field, I will provide you an Introduction !


Course program

A course program for 2017 with a preliminary schedule can soon be founded here. 

Assignments and exercises

Some examples will be solved during the lectures. They can be found here: Example for lectures

There are three compulsory assignments in the course:

  • Assignment IBL
  • Assignment 1   data file
  • Assignment 2    Example for assignment 2

You can test your skills during the course by solving some quizzes. The instruction for the quizzes can soon be found here: Quiz, instruction

Home exam

Description of home exam, examples of questions

Lab instructions

Gait Lab

ToyDropLanding (to be downloaded during the OpenSim lab)


Slides for the OpenSim lab


Slides from the lectures will show up here



Solutions to some examples will show up here


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