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SE2121 Introduction to Biomechanics 9.0 credits

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The course provides the foundation of cardiovascular biomechanics.In vitro experimental tools are linked to analytical methods, to solve problems in cardiovascular biomedical engineering. Techniques include Finite Element (FE) modeling, system analysis, model parameter identification, linear and non-linear continuum mechanics, constitutive descriptions of the passive properties of blood vessels, Newtonian and non-Newtonian descriptions of blood.

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Application

For course offering

Spring 2025 Biomek programme students

Application code

60915

Headings with content from the Course syllabus SE2121 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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.

Intended learning outcomes

Biomechanics applies engineering/mechanical principles and methods to biological systems and aims at understanding their normal (physiological) and abnormal (pathological) responses.  Biomechanics is a rapidly growing field of engineering and plays a dominant role in the development of medical devices, for example. The course provides the foundation of cardiovascular biomechanics from the organ to the tissue level. Specifically, a quantitative approach to human physiology from the biomedical engineering perspective is presented, where both structural and hemodynamic aspects are addressed. In-vitro experimental and analytic tools are developed and used to solve problems in cardiovascular biomedical engineering.

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 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

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

Basic course in solid mechanics (for instance SE1010, SE1020 or SE1055) and a Finite Element (FE) course (for instance SE1025).

Recommended prerequisites

SE1010, SE1020, SE1021 or SE1055 Solid mechanics basic course and
SE1025 FEM for engineering applications or equivalent

Equipment

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Literature

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • HEMA - Home Assignment, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LABA - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Laboratory work (LAB1, 2.0 credits), Home assignments (HEM1, 3.0 credits) and Examination (TEN1, 4.0 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Christian Gasser (gasser@kth.se)