Prof. G. K. Ananthasuresh and Prof. Namrata Gundiah

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Department: BioSystems Science and Engineering

Semester: Jan

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Brief description of the course

Intended to be a broad introduction to multiple aspects of biomechanics of solids, the course comprises five modules, viz., statics and dynamics of rigid bodies; elastic mechanics; mechanics of biological materials; statistical mechanics and rubber elasticity; and cell mechanobiology. Topics covered include: force-balance, Lagrange’s equations of motion, Euler’s equations for rigid-body dynamics with applications to human body; concepts of stiffness, inertia, and damping pertaining to bones, muscles, tissues, cells, and biological molecules; state of stress and strain, energy methods, basic concepts of elasticity and viscoelasticity; applications of statistical mechanics to cells and motor proteins, Langevin equations; and introduction to mechanotransduction.


Multivariable calculus and vector algebra.

Additional information

Biomechanics is a vast subject. As J. D. Humphry defined it, it deals with application, extension, and development of principles and techniques of mechanics to biological entities and systems. In this course, we limit ourselves to solids. The purpose of this course is to provide basic understanding of mechanics and its application to biological systems. One should not hope that they become experts in mechanics by taking this course. Nevertheless, one can hope that they will be exposed to basic principles and methods of mechanics so that they can begin to analyze biological solids and systems. The course lays equal emphasis on fundamental principles and practical implementation using computation.

Course outcomes

After taking course, a student will be able to:


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  1. J. D. Humphrey and S. L. Delange, An Introduction to Biomechanics, Springer, Berlin, 2004.
  2. J. Howard, Mechanics of Motor Proteins and the Cytoskeleton, Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, MA, USA, 2001.