BIE6433 Computational Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal System

Autumn Semester
Optional on Programmes: MECT40, MECT50, MECT53


“Engineering is about bridging people together from different disciplines and backgrounds. This module serves the exact purpose using the latest technologies to communicate ideas and inspirations.”

Dr Shannon Li, Module Lead

Module Description

This module aims to provide you with an overview of the state-of-the-art approach for modelling the musculoskeletal system from a biomechanical point of view. The course starts with a brief review of vectors and tensors, followed by anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system. You will then be introduced to a range of modelling and experimental methods applied to a variety of bones and muscles. More specialised topics will be introduced towards the end of the course giving examples where biomechanical models can be used in various clinical applications.

Required Prior Knowledge

If you haven't already learnt about the following subjects, you will struggle to pass this module:

Basic finite element analysis (FEA) using one of the solvers such as ANSYS, ABAQUS, FUSION360. This could involve the analysis of either a solid structure, a dynamic problem or a fluid problem, in 2D or in 3D. In addition, you should have a basic understanding of the FEA theory.

Teaching Methods

  • Lectures
  • Computer lab sessions
  • Independent study time

Assessment Methods

• 100% Coursework: An individual report of approximately 3000 words to be submitted.

Module Aims

• Provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of finite element modelling specific to modelling of bones and soft tissues

• Develop skills in conceptualising a clinical problem into an engineering problem and devising a robust modelling strategy

• Develop students’ finite element skills to solve mechanical problems related to bones and muscles

• Challenge students to apply their existing foundational understanding of engineering to a greater range and depth suitable for a research, clinical or industrial environment.

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International scholarships

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