Biomechanics book

Biomechanics, Concepts and Computation

This textbook integrates the classical concepts of mechanics and computational modelling techniques, in a logical progression through a wide range of fundamental biomechanics principles. Online MATLAB®-based software, along with examples and problems using biomedical applications, will motivate undergraduate biomedical engineering students to practise and test their skills. The book covers topics such as kinematics, equilibrium, stresses and strains, and also focuses on large deformations and rotations and non-linear constitutive equations, including visco-elastic behaviour and the behaviour of long slender fibre-like structures. This is the first textbook that integrates both general and specific topics, theoretical background and biomedical engineering applications, as well as analytical and numerical approaches.

In the biomedical engineering department the book is used in three Bachelor courses: Biomechanics (8TB00) for students in Medical Sciences and Technology, Mechanics (8MB00) and Numerical Analysis of Continua (8MC00) for Biomedical Engineering students.

Authors: Cees Oomens, Marcel Brekelmans, Frank Baaijens 


Software and manual

In Chapters 14 to 18 of the book, use is made of the finite element package: mlfem_nac. Here you can download the software manual. This package is a free downloadable code written in MATLAB®. To use this code a licence of Matlab® is required. Several exercises require MATLAB® code that has to be written by the students.


The authors are using the book in their own curriculum and will continuously develop new exercises for the students. These exercises can be downloaded here.

Here you can download the answers to the exercises given in the book at the end of each chapter.