Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Orthopedic Biomechanics

ME 59700 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Musculoskeletal tissues, such as bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament, serve functions that are largely mechanical in nature and that are critical for our health. This course is structured around classical topics in mechanics of materials and their applications in biomechanics, skeletal tissues, bone-implant systems, and diarthroidal joints. Topics include: mechanical behavior of tissues (anisotropy, nonlinearity, viscoelasticity, poroelasticity) with emphasis on the role of the microstructure of these tissues; structural properties of whole bones and implants (composite and asymmetric beam theories); the mechanical function of native and artificial joints (contact mechanics, lubrication and wear). Emphasis is placed on using experimental data to test and develop theoretical models.


Orthopaedic Biomechanics:  Mechanics and Design in Musculoskeletal Systems by D.L. Bartel, D.T. Davy and T.M Keaveny.  Pearson Prentice Hall

  • Basic Anatomy
  • Static Analysis of Muscle and Joint Forces
  • Linear Elasticity
  • Anisotropic Elasticity
  • Finite Deformations
  • Nonlinear Elasticity
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Poroelasticity/Biphasic Theory 
  • Triphasic Theory
  • Asymmetric Bending
  • Composite Beam Theory
  • Contact Mechanics
  • Joint Lubrication and Wear
  • Mechanotransduction and Tissue Differentiation