Module Overview

Biomechanics 4

This subject equips the student with detailed knowledge of theoretical, numerical and experimental techniques to analyse stress systems, in particular in reference to the human skeletal system. Materials ...........

Module Code

BIOM H3004

ECTS Credits


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Beam Bending Stress

Beam bending theory, including point and UDL loads, in particular as they apply to long bones in the human body.

Analyse musculoskeletal joints.

Create free body diagrams of the hip, knee and intervertebral disk . Hence calculate the forces and stresses in the bones.

Complex Stresses & Stress Transformations

Calculate Principle stresses & planes; max shear stress, from applied stresses.

Failure Theories

Investigate the failure of bones and implants using max principal stress and max distortion energy theories. Investigate particular issues that affect the failure of bones as opposed to homogeneous materials.

Free Vibration:

Introduction, Simple Harmonic Motion, natural frequencies, damped free vibration.

Forced Vibration

Forced vibration, transient response, transmission of force, isolation of vibration

Vibration and the Human Body

Investigate the effects of vibration on the human body, body positive and negative. Including motion sickness, vehicle vibration,white finger,

Vibration & Medical Device design

The use of vibrations in medical devices, including oscillating saws.

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