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Module Descriptor

MECHGB03 Biomechanics & Biostructures

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Biomechanics & Biostructures
UCL Credits/ ECTS 15/7.5
Taught by
Dr Jie Huang - Module Coordinator

At least a 2-ii degree in Science, Engineering or a degree in Medicine.
All candidates must satisfy UCL's English Language requirements.
Course Aims
This module is intended to provide an introduction to the principles of biomechanics and the structures of biological tissues. It will cover the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, the hierarchical levels of the structures of biological tissues, the mechanical behaviour of the human body. It will also discuss the structure and functional relationship in tissues, and the applications of stress and strain analysis applied to biological tissues. Lecture topics include Structural Organisation of the Human Body, Fundamental Mechanics, Biomechanics of Bone, Articular Cartilage, Skeletal Muscle, Spine, Friction/Lubrication/Wear at the Joints, Biomechanics of Joint Replacement, Basic Cell Biology and Histology.
Recommended Reading

  • M.F. Ashby and D.R.H. Jones, Engineering Materials, Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006
  • S.J. Hall, Basic Biomechanics, McGraw Hill, 2004 B. M. Nigg and W. Herzog, Biomechanics of the Musculo-skeletal System, Wiley, 2007
  • S.A. Berger, W. Goldsmith and E.R Lewis, Introduction to Bioengineering, Oxford University Press, 1996
  • G. W. Jenkins, C. P. Kemnitz, G. J. Tortora, Anatomy and Physiology; from Science to Life, John Wiley, 2007.
  • Journal of Biomechanics
  • Clinical Biomechanics

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