Checking date: 07/09/2021

Course: 2021/2022

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


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Calculus I Calculus II Linear Algebra
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
Skills and learning outcomes
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
Calendar of Continuous assessment
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
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