8MB00 Mechanica I - BMT - 2nd year / 2nd quarter


The course comprises the basics of continuum mechanics. After an introduction on vector and tensor calculus, equilibrium of forces and moments, kinematics, stresses and strains will be introduced. In addition an introduction to material behaviour for solids and fluids will be given. The course is the basis for everyone interested in design of prostheses, medical devices, cardiovascular problems, orthopaedics and movement science.

Learning objectives

  • Students have to understand the basics of equilibrium of forces and moments.
  • They need to have operational knowledge of vector- and tensor calculus in coordinate free notation as well as matrix notation after introduction of a basis.
  • Solve the one-dimensional equilibrium equation and have basic knowledge on 2- and 3-dimensional equilibrium equations.
  • A good understanding of the definitions and properties of the stress and strain tensors. Interpret and use them.
  • Understand the deformation rate tensor, the spin tensor and the velocity gradient tensor
  • Determine gradients in scalar and velocity fields
  • Describe movement of particles through a field
  • Understand constitutive behaviour of isotropic solids for small and large deformations and Newtonian fluids.


Responsible lecturer: C.W.J. (Cees) Oomens.

Co-lecturer: B. (Bert) van Rietbergen.