Bio-mechanics

Course Code :2001WETBIM
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:4
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Peter Aerts

3. Course contents *

This course evaluates in how mechanics determine morphology and biological performance of animals and humans.  Therefore mechanical principles are applied to the muscul-skeletal system.  For that purpose, complex morphology is reduced to simple mathematical models.
-Kinematical analysis: history, film and videao techniques, transducer technology, derived variables, smoothing...
-Basic mechanics in a biological context: forces, moments, moments of inertia, impulse, momentum, energy fluctuations, work, power...
-Statical and dynamical equilibrium: boundary conditions and applications, inverse dynamics...-Material properties in a biological context: linear and non-linear elaticity, tension and compression, shear loading, bending, viscoelasticity, importance of elastic materials in biology....
-Material properties: bone, cartilage...
-Mechanics of the muscle-tendon-complex: length-tension relationship, force-velocity relationship, muscle work and power, tension adaptations, morphological correlates, dynamics of the muscle-tenson complex