Biomaterials are those materials intended to interface with biological systems to assess, treat, support or replace any tissue, organ or function of the body. The aim of this module is to provide the students with the understanding of biomaterials with special reference to their interaction with the biological environment. To achieve this, the module introduces firstly mechanics of materials, by explaining the concepts such as stress, strain, bending and shear. Subsequently the module provides examples of biomaterials and how they are used in the human body.
Total contact hours: 38
Private study hours: 112
Total study hours: 150
Method of assessment
• Mechanics of Materials - Beer, Johnston, Dewolf. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 7th edition, 2015
• Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine - Ratner et al. Academic Press, 3rd edition, 2012
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and conceptual understanding of the principles of mechanics of materials
2. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the structure and function of biomaterials in the human body
3. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the implications of using non-biological materials in the human body
4. demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of biomedical materials for specific applications
5. demonstrate knowledge and systematic understanding of the processing of implants
6. demonstrate knowledge and systematic understanding of the requirement for implant testing and evaluation
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Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
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