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Introduction to Biomechanics

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Watch the introduction video (1min) 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 vesels, 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

  1. Understand the basics of vascular physiology
  2. Model a particular bioengineering problems by selecting appropriate modeling assumptions
  3. Understand the purpose, function, implication and limitation of biomechanical modeling
  4. Achieve a theoretical understanding of linear and non-linear continuum mechanics
  5. Solve a particular problem by using either analytical approaches or the FE method
  6. Combine and integrate different solution strategies to address more challenging problems 
  7. Achieve a practical understanding in applying the FE method as demonstrated by solving typical problems of bioengineering interest
  8. 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, gasser@kth.se

Tutorials and computer labs:         Marta Alloisio, alloisio@kth.se

Suggested Course literature

TC Gasser, Vascular Biomechanics- Concepts, Models, and Applications, Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-70965-5, 2021. Find more information at the publisher's website.