Introduction to Biomechanics
The course provides the foundation of cardiovascular biomechanics from the organ to the tissue level. A quantitative approach to human physiology from the biomedical engineering perspective is presented, where structural and hemodynamic aspects are addressed. In-vitro experimental and analytic tools are developed and used to solve problems in cardiovascular biomedical engineering. Techniques include Finite Element (FE) modeling, model parameter identification, non-linear continuum mechanics, constitutive descriptions of passive and active properties of blood vessels, Newtonian and non-Newtonian descriptions of blood.
Basic course in solid mechanics (for instance SE1010, SE1020 or SE1055) and a Finite Element (FE) course (for instance SE1025).
Key Learning objectives
After the course, the participants should be able to
- Understand the basics of vascular physiology
- Model a particular bioengineering problems by selecting appropriate modeling assumptions
- Understand the purpose, function, implication and limitation of biomechanical modeling
- Achieve a theoretical understanding of linear and non-linear continuum mechanics
- Solve a particular problem by using either analytical approaches or the FE method
- Combine and integrate different solution strategies to address more challenging problems
- Achieve a practical understanding in applying the FE method as demonstrated by solving typical problems of bioengineering interest
- Present, analyze and explain derived results in a clear and causal way
Course structure and teachers
The course consists of 14 lectures, 8 tutorials as well as 2 experimental and 2 computational laboratory work tasks. Details about the different course parts are given below and latest information is published at the course website at KTH Social. Course material is handed-out continuously during the course.Teachers are:
Lectures and experimental labs: T.Christian Gasser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutorials and computer labs: Chris Miller, email@example.com, 790 7549
Suggested Course literature
- Cardiovascular Solid Mechanics. Cells, Tissues, and Organs. Jay D. Humphrey, Springer 2002.
- Biomechanics. Concepts and Computation. Cees Oomens, Marcel Brekelmans, and Frank Baaijens, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
- Nonlinear continuum mechanics for finite element analysis. J Bonet and RD Wood. Cambridge University Press, 1997.