Checking date: 22/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Biomechanics for health and wellness
Master in Design Engineering for Industry 5.0 (Plan: 498 - Estudio: 385)

Coordinating teacher: SANTOS CUADROS, SILVIA

Department assigned to the subject: Mechanical Engineering Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Physics I Physics II Statistics Programming Machine Mechanics Strength of Materials Elasticity
Once the student has passed this course, they will be able to: 1. Apply the knowledge acquired in engineering to biomechanical studies used in research and/or companies. 2. Integrate all their knowledge to identify, formulate and solve multidisciplinary problems related to biomechanics. 3. Evaluate the kinematic and dynamic behavior of the musculoskeletal system experimentally and numerically. 4. Create and manage specific bibliography, documentation, legislation, databases, software and hardware applied to biomechanics. 5. Use the experimental techniques and engineering tools necessary to solve problems in the biomechanical field. 6. Design and carry out experimental tests in biomechanics, interpret the data and draw relevant conclusions. 7. Develop advanced finite element numerical models and interpret the results correctly. 8. Communicate their conclusions and knowledge to audiences specialized in biomechanics.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Block 1. Human movement analysis techniques - Basic principles - Techniques - Applications Block 2. Numerical modeling applied to biomechanics - The finite element method - Advanced aspects of the method - Practical cases of finite elements in biomechanics Block 3. Electromyography - Theoretical principles - Factors affecting electromyography - Applications Block 4. Analysis of health risks in ergonomics. - Health risk analysis techniques. - Ergonomic risk assessment. - Ergonomic risk prevention methods.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures and exercises will be held in the classroom, where the teacher will present the main contents of the subject and student participation will be encouraged by proposing exercises and discussing them. To achieve a better understanding of the syllabus, these classes will also be supported by experimental trials. There will also be sessions in a computer classroom applied to the study of biomechanics, as well as 2 laboratory practices to apply the techniques presented in the course to practical and realistic cases. These practical classes will be the following: Lab session 1. Analysis of deformations and movement applied to biomechanics. Lab session 2. Electromyography. Biomechanical application work applied to realistic cases will be carried out, which will involve the complete development of a case study using finite elements. This work will be carried out by the student during some of the class sessions, with the support of the teacher. Through Aula Global, the student will be informed of a personalized attention schedule in a tutorial regime, with the aim of resolving possible doubts that the student body may have about the contents covered in the subject.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Arthur E. Chapman. Biomechanical analysis of fundamental human movements. Human kinetics. 2008
  • Duane Knudson. Fundamentals of biomechanics. Springer. 2007
  • Radovan Zdero. Experimental methods in orthopaedic biomechanics. Elsevier. 2017
  • Simulia, Abaqus. Abaqus user manual. Simulia. 2006
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Bartel D. L. and Davy D. T.. Bartel, D. L., & Davy, D. T. (2006). Orthopaedic biomechanics: mechanics and design in musculoskeletal systems. Pearson. 2006
  • Fung Y. C. . Biomechanics: mechanical properties of living tissues. Springer. 2013
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.