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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0018 Fundamentals of Biomechanics

MECH0018 Fundamentals of Biomechanics

FHEQ Level:
5 (Undergraduate Yr 2)
Term 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
ENGF0003 Mathematical Modelling & Analysis 1

Taught By

Dr Rebecca Shipley (Module Coordinator):
Rebecca Shipley

Module Overview

This is the first module of the BioMechanics Minor, which is a group of three modules:

  • MECH0018 Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • MECH0028 Biofluid Mechanics
  • MECH0029 Solid Biomechanics

This module provides a broad introduction and overview of the mechanical challenges in biomechanics and an awareness of the relevant theories needed to design and evaluate biomechanical prostheses and devices. It covers some fundamental theories relating to mechanics of biomaterials, including experimental methods to characterize biomaterials which form the foundation for the remaining two modules of the BioMechanics Minor.

Topics Covered

The module will cover fundamental theories relating to the mechanics of biomaterials, including characterisation of material properties, and modelling of material behaviours:

  • Continuum mechanics theory, including analytical models for linear elasticity stress/ strain relationships and fluid flows.
  • Mechanical testing, including rheometry and stress-strain curves.
  • Models for blood flow in the vessels of the circulation.
  • Kinematics of deformation and motion.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Relate mechanical theories to real-world examples of biomechanical implants, prostheses and devices.
  • Perform a quantified investigation of a biomechanical implant, prosthesis or device, identifying any potential for refinement.
  • Perform experimental tests to identify key mechanical properties of a biomaterial sample.
  • Perform calculations to identify loading and deformation of biomechanical components..

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory classes


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

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