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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0029 Solid Biomechanics

MECH0029 Solid Biomechanics

FHEQ Level:
6 (Undergraduate Yr 3)
Term 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
MECH0028 Biofluid Mechanics

Taught By

Dr Mehran Moazen (Module Coordinator):
Mehran Moazen
Dr Emad Moeendarbary:
Emad Moeendarbary

Module Overview

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

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

This module is taught in two parts: Basics and Applied solid biomechanics. The Basics part covers molecular, cellular and tissue solid biomechanics. The Applied part covers basic design, development and overview of some of the current implants in the field of orthopaedic and trauma e.g. fracture fixation devices, hip, and knee joint replacements.

Various aspects of solid biomechanics from a molecule and cell to medical devices for repair of bone and joint related conditions are covered.

Topics Covered


  • Length, time, & molecular forces in Biology
  • Molecular origins of mechanical properties: polymer physics
  • Elastic and viscoelastic properties of polymeric networks
  • Cell mechanics and cytoskeleton
  • Measurement tools in cell mechanics
  • Modelling cell mechanics
  • Viscoelastic models
  • Poroelastic Models
  • Poroelastic models
  • Neuro mechanobiology
  • Cancer mechanobiology


  • Bone fracture
  • Fracture management
  • Natural joints
  • Artificial hip joints
  • Artificial knee joints
  • Artificial ankle joints
  • Artificual upper limb joints
  • Spine

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Calculate deformations of soft tissues, bones, and implants comprised of biomaterials including composite materials.
  • Identify the important relationships between material properties and structural design for biomechanical applications.
  • Identify and link geometry and stress with application to design, for example of implants and prostheses.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes


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

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