Aug 18, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 4610 - Medical Applications in Mechanical Engineering

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design, analysis, and construction of various devices employed by medical professionals. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the analytical and experimental techniques employed in industry in the design and analysis of these devices. Topics include mechanics of bone, kinematics of human gait (walking), and analysis of certain medical devices including implants, orthotics, and spinal devices. (prereq: ME 207  or ME 2004 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Discern the role that engineering mechanics and engineering design play in the development, analysis and utilization of mechanical devices
  • Understand how mechanics and mechanical engineering principles may be applied to the modeling of bone and soft tissues
  • Understand the kinematics and kinetics involved in human gait

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic strength of materials and statics

Course Topics
  • Basic anatomy
  • Biomedical engineering materials
  • Mechanics, material and mechanical properties of bone, bone remodeling
  • Implants and failure of implants
  • Plates and screws
  • FEA modeling of biomedical systems
  • Spine mechanics
  • Torso mechanics
  • Clinical function of the spine
  • Mechanics of scoliosis and correction
  • Scoliosis correction devices
  • Experimental testing and verification of spinal mechanics (and laboratory exercise)
  • Viscoelastic models
  • Muscle mechanics
  • Link-Segment models
  • Forces in joints
  • Force plates
  • Pressure sensors

Dr. Robert Rizza

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