University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Syllabus Outline: Fundamentals of solid mechanics (stress, strain, constitutive formulations); Principles of statics; Analysis of the mechanical behaviour of joints in the human body; Viscoelasticity of soft tissue; Microstructure of bone; Fatigue and fracture of bone; Bone remodelling; Structure of muscle; Biomechanics of muscle contractility; Biomechanics of the cardiac cycle; Windkessel model for pressure in compliant vessels; Newtonian flow in elastic vessels; Non-newtonian flow of blood; Unsteady Bernoulli’s equation and the mechanics of heart value closure; Biomechanics of atherosclerosis and the effect of lesions on blood flow; Cellular cytoskeletal structures and mechanotransduction; Plasticity and cardiovascular stent analysis. 

    Learning Outcomes
    Derive the Windkessel model to relate vessel compliance to aortic blood pressure.
    Calculate the compliance of a porcine aorta.
    Analyse the flow conditions required for the efficient closure of heart valves.
    Explain the conditions required for non-Newtonian flow of blood in the vasclature. Derive an equation for non-Newtonian blood flow.
    Derive equations for fracture and fatigue failure of bone. Calculate the fracture toughness of bone.
    Explain the Hill equation for muscle contractility. Derive the sliding-filament muscle contractility model.
    Determine the stress state of a metal at yield and analyse the performance of a cardiovascular stent

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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