ME6114 - Joint Biomechanics

Course content
  • Introduction to human skeletal system (terminology, planes, directions of motions) and engineering classification of human joints
  • Mechanical properties of skeletal tissue (bone, muscle, ligament, tendon, cartilage) and their interactions at joints
  • Principles of mechanics (equilibrium, stresses, axial loading, shear, bending, torsion) applied to the skeletal system
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of upper limb joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand)
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of lower limb joints (hip, knee, ankle and foot)
  • Anatomy and biomechanics of joints of the central core (jaw, neck and spine)
  • Quantification of joint biomechanics (experimental and computational methods)
  • Alterations in joint biomechanics following orthopaedic pathology (osteoarthritis, fracture, sprain) and surgery (implants, fusion, grafting)
  • Applications of joint biomechanics (medical devices, patient rehabilitation, sports)
  • PLEASE NOTE: The content mentioned above is simply an exhaustive list of topics to be covered in the course; it does not indicate the chronology of individual lectures and/or the distribution of content across lectures
  • AMR Agur & AF Dalley, Grant`s Atlas of Anatomy, 14th edition,
  • Wolters Kluwer, 2016M Nordin & VH Frankel, Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System, 4th edition,
  • Wolters Kluwer, 2CR Ethier & CA Simmons, Introductory Biomechanics: From Cells to Organisms, 1st edition, Cambridge University Press, 2007
Pre-requisite : N/A
Total credits : 6 credits - Lecture
Type : Core Course
Duration : Full Semester
Name(s) of other Academic units to whom the course may be relevant : N/A