Checking date: 15/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Biomechanics of continuum media I (solids)
Study: Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (257)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Calculus I Calculus II Linear Algebra
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Introduction of the basic concepts of continuum mechanics for the analysis of elastic and viscoelastic solids. Ability to formulate fundamental problems of solids mechanics, assessing the hypothesis and interpreting their results
Description of contents: programme
Chapter 1. Introduction to continuum mechanics applied to living and inert solids Chapter 2. Stress, strain and compatibility conditions Chapter 3. Derivation of the field equations and boundary conditions Chapter 4. Properties of most common solids Chapter 5. Constitutive equations of continuum mechanics: elasticity Chapter 6. Constitutive equations of continuum mechanics: viscoelasticity
Learning activities and methodology
Every week a keynote lecture (large group)and a practical session (small group) will be delivered. The former is aimed at the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and the latter is aimed at the acquisition of practical skills related to theoretical concepts. Additionally, two lab sessions will be delivered in specific time in small groups (maximum 20 students). The students will have the possibility of personal tutorials on the corresponding schedule. There will be a collective mentoring session at the 15th week of the calendar at the time scheduled for the keynote lecture.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Federico Paris Carballo. Teoría de la elasticidad. Universidad de Sevilla. 1998
  • Flügge Wilhelm. Viscoelasticity. Springer-Verlag .
  • Oliver, X.; Agelet, C. . Mecánica de medios continuos para ingenieros. UPC.
  • Ortiz Berrocal, L . Elasticidad. Ed. McGraw Hill.
  • SAMARTIN, A. Curso de Elasticidad. Bellisco. 1990

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.