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ME 653 Mechanics of Biomaterials

Catalog Description

ME 653 Mechanics of Biomaterials (3). Prerequisites: ME 323 and CHE 202. Presentation of fundamental mechanics of biomaterials including: natural biomaterials (skin, bone, cartilage, ligament, tendon, and vasculature) and synthetic materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites) used in biological applications; biocompatibility and biological reactions to implanted materials.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. Statics
  2. Mechanics of materials
  3. Materials science


Y.C. Fung, Biomechanics: Mechanical Properties of Living Tissues, 2nd edition, Springer, 1993.


  1. J.B. Park, Biomaterials: An Introduction, 2nd edition Plenum Press, 1992.
  2. J.B. Park, Biomaterial Science and Engineering, Plenum Press, 1984.
  3. J. Black, Orthopaedic Biomaterials in Research and Practice, Churchill Livingstone, 1988.
  4. L.H. Van and Vlack, Elements of Materials Science and Engineering, 6th edition, Addison-Wesley, 1992.
  5. J. Black and M. Dekker, Biological Performance of Materials, 1992.
  6. Selected readings from several other sources.


P.M. Quesada, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to give graduate level Mechanical Engineering students a fundamental understanding of the mechanical properties and behavior of natural and synthetic biomaterials, as well as a knowledge of the applications and behaviors of synthetic materials in the physiological environment.

Topics Covered

  1. Solid mechanics and materials science fundamentals (5 classes).
  2. Hard tissues (6 classes).
  3. Soft tissues (7 classes).
  4. Blood (5 classes).
  5. Muscle (6 classes).
  6. Synthetic Materials (2 classes).
  7. Laboratory Activities (2 classes).
  8. Applications and current topics (3 classes).
  9. Individual student presentations (2 classes).
  10. Tests, quizzes, and final exam (4 classes and 2½ hours).

Laboratory Projects

Team oriented laboratory based experimental project required.

Computer Use


Computer Use

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

Engineering science: 3 credits.

Curriculum Criterion Contribution

This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by P.M. Quesada, June 2009

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