Show proficiency of mechanics tools (those necessary to describe these complex materials). These include measures of stress, strain, stiffness, etc. and all supporting mathematics for typical nonlinear behaviors encountered in tissue mechanics. Metrics: homework problems, class discussions, exams.
Show proficiency describing mechanical behaviors of some prominent tissues that have mechanical roles in human physiology, i.e. connective tissue (bone, ligament and tendon, skin, etc.), skeletal muscle, as well as cardiovascular tissues (arteries, veins, valves, etc.). Metrics: homework problems, class discussions, exam.
Be able to reduce experimental data from testing observed by students and analyze it for biomechanical behavior. Metrics: lab reports and plots of mechanical behaviors.
Understand the basis of anatomy and physiology of each tissue under biomechanical consideration. Metrics: class discussion and exams
Understand why biomechanics is important for each tissue by discussing normal and pathological mechanics. Metrics: homework problems, class discussion and exams.
Understand the basics of cell mechanics including role of cytoskeleton, molecular motors and mechano-transduction affecting the dynamic reciprocity between the ECM and cells. Metrics: class discussion and exam
Demonstrate the ability to read current biomechanical literature in an area of interest, synthesize these papers to interpret what is known and limitations of current methods, and write a scientific paper summarizing this literature review and analysis. Metrics: Project paper
B M E 615 ( 3 Credits )
DescriptionThis course will focus on solid mechanics of prominent musculoskeletal and cardiovascular tissues. Their normal and pathological behaviors (stiffness, strength, relaxation, creep, adaptive remodeling, etc.) in response to physiolgic loading will be examined and quantified.
Prerequisite(s)BME 315 or cons inst
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None required. The following books are used as references:
YC Fung, Biomechanics: Mechanical Properties of Living Tissues, 2nd ed. Springer, New York, 1993.
JD Humphrey and SL Delange, An Introduction to Biomechanics: Solids and Fluids, Analysis and Design, Springer, New York, 2004.
CR Ethier and CA Simmons, Introductory Biomechanics from Cells to Organisms, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK, 2007.
SC Cowin and SB Doty, Tissue Mechanics, Springer, New York, 2007.
RL Lieber, Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function, and Plasticity, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore MD, 2010.
VC Mow and R Huiskes, Basic Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Mechano-Biology, 3rd. ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore MD, 2005
The course includes three major subsections, which are interrelated.