SE2121 Introduction to Biomechanics 9.0 credits

Biomekanik

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 Biomek for programme students

Spring 20 Biomek for programme students

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

Course main content

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.

Eligibility

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

Recommended prerequisites

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

Literature

Hand-outs

Cardiovascular Solid Mechanics. Cells, Tissues, and Organs. Jay D. Humphrey, Springer 2002.

Examination

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

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

SCI/Solid Mechanics

Examiner

Bo Alfredsson <alfred@kth.se>

Christian Gasser <gasser@kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2014.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2014.