Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering

Yale Course , Spring 2008 , Prof. W. Mark Saltzman

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Biomedical Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Cell Culture Engineering, Bio-molecular Engineering, Cardiovascular Physiology, Renal Physiology, Biomechanics and Orthopedics, Bioimaging, Tissue Engineering.

Lecture 18: Biomechanics and Orthopedics - I

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        Professor Saltzman introduces the material properties of elasticity and viscosity. He describes two separate experimental setups to measure the elasticity and the viscosity of a material. Material elasticity can be defined in terms of stress-strain property, and defines the Youngs modulus (E), which is the slope of the stress-strain curve. Fluid viscosity, on the other hand, is described by shear stress. When modeling any material, the spring can be used to represent an ideal elastic material and the dashpot an ideal viscoelastic material. All biomaterials contain some combination of these properties and can be described by physical models that consist of both spring and dashpot.

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