Module Overview

Biomaterials 1

This module gives the student a foundation in the application of biomaterials in medical devices. The student is given a broad introduction to plastics, ceramics and in depth delivery on composites materials. It also aims to provide the student with further understanding of the relationship between microstructure and associated properties of polymer bio-materials, modelling of plastics using mechanical models, and use of creep curves.

Module Code

BIMA H2000

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Properties of Natural Materials

In vivo versus In vitro properties. Tissue constituents. Properties of Collagen and Elastin. Mechanical properties of bone, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Viscoelastic models of material behaviour.

Creep Curves & Viscoelastic Polymers

Polymer systems, effects of crystallinity & stereoisomerisms in polymersMechanical properties of plastics, elastic & viscoelastic behaviour, Kelvin-Voigt & Maxwell Modelsmodels.

Long & Short Term Testing of Polymers, Compliance Design of Plastics

Long & short term testing of polymers, use creep curves in plastics, designmethods for plastics using deformation data, residence & relaxation times.

Boltzmann’s Superposition Principle

Boltzmann’s Superposition Principle & application.

Composite Materials

Composite materials, reinforcements & matrices, Rule of Mixtures.

Fibre Reinforcemed Composites

Fibre reinforcement, predicting properties & characteristics of composites.Laminar and Macroscopic composite materials & applications.

Deformation Processes

Slip systems, Schmid's Law, Strengthening Mechanisms, Hall-Petch, Strain Hardening, Bauschinger Effect, Cold Working, Residual Stresses & Annealing

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70